Even now, after stymieing the Canucks for two straight games, Tim Thomas remains a difficult Stanley Cup Final player to hate. He’s just too much of a character. Certainly, Canuck fans are upset about his Game 3 bodycheck on Henrik Sedin or his Game 4 fracas with Alex Burrows but, truth is, as infuriating as Tim Thomas can be when he’s the opponent, the Boston keeper remains charmingly strange. If Roberto Luongo pulled like-minded stunts on the regular, we’d love him forever.

At PITB, we’re beginning to wonder if we’ve even seen the apex of Thomas’s unorthodox approach to goaltending. The Bruins netminder appears to have diplomatic immunity in the eyes of NHL officials, and as of yet, he doesn’t seem fully aware of the possibilities. God help us if he clues in. With the help of exceptional artist Chloe Ezra, PITB has imagined three distinct scenarios that, implausible as they might be, seem well within Tim Thomas’s repertoire.

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SCENARIO 1
During a long shift in the Canucks’ end, Thomas booby traps the defensive zone. The next Vancouver rush looks like the Wet Bandits trying to break into Kevin McAllister’s house.

 

SCENARIO 2
Eventually, Thomas’s roaming nature reaches its inevitable conclusion: one of his saves comes in front of Roberto Luongo.

SCENARIO 3
Prior to Game 5, Thomas sneaks into Rogers Arena and repaints his crease so it extends into the neutral zone.

 

If you want to let Chloe Ezra know how much you love her art, she’s got a pretty great Tumblr page.

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11 comments

  1. Kevan
    June 10, 2011

    Yes.

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  2. Bob
    June 10, 2011

    Fantastic art as usual! I love little Thomas fastidiously painting his crease. And good Home Alone reference. I needed this smile!

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  3. JS Topher
    June 10, 2011

    I thought they were the sticky bandits now…

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 10, 2011

      You discovered the bonus what-if! What if Home Alone 2 had never been made?

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  4. WEYGANDT
    June 10, 2011

    This is so great. I love it.

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  5. BECanucks
    June 10, 2011

    I just love the painting of the crease!

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  6. nazzyfan
    June 10, 2011

    Love the pics —
    but…
    I do not find it difficult to hate Thomas at all. That slash on Burrows at the end of game 4 solidified that for me! Not strangely charming at all, I lost all the respect I had for him before this series

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  7. BRUINS WIN
    June 10, 2011

    Wheres the art for Burrows biting…. As for the slashing… biting: its the only answer I need. That and that they kept messing with his stick. But I like Thomas saving one for Luongo, he needs it. GO Bs!

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  8. gumby
    June 10, 2011

    Naw, if Thomas was your goalie, you’d love him. Quirky, committed, having a kick-ass time of it out there. Plus, like, not getting scored on a whole lot is a nice trait in a goalie.

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  9. Trevor
    June 11, 2011

    “Tim Thomas remains a difficult Stanley Cup Final player to hate”

    Somehow I do a pretty damn good job of it.

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  10. DanD
    June 11, 2011

    Very nice! Great scenarios and great artwork!

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