Bruins hope to channel Miracle on Ice

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

The time has come to give Tim Thomas the hook.

The Bruins are headed for Lake Placid for a two-day break after they face the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 Monday night, that’s only appropriate because Boston is going to need a miracle to get back in this series.

While there are plenty of underachievers on the Bruins’ roster, none are bigger than Thomas, who looked horrible in giving up three goals on only 26 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens Saturday at home.

Thomas surrendered a goal on the second shot after giving up a huge rebound to Michael Cammalleri. With Boston pressuring to tie it in the the second, Thomas gave up a rebound to Yannick Weber.

It wouldn’t surprise anybody to see Tuukka Rask.

“I said going into the first (game), he doesn’t look ready. He looks loosey-goosey laughing and stuff like that,” said Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry. “Get (Thomas) out of there, put (Rask) in, but you’ve got to have the guts to do something like that.

“He hasn’t played in a while, but I’m tell you this here guy (Thomas) is a guesser. When guesser’s are zinging, they’re on. But when they’re zigging and zagging, and that’s what he’s doing right now, get him out.”

The Bruins have to battle history now. They’ve never come back from being down 2-0 in a series and are 0-for-26 lifetime. You can bet there will be changes Monday, the first one has to come in net.

AROUND THE BOARDS: The Coyotes were taking it on the chin. After the first period, NBC’s Mike “Doc” Emrick said: “With all due respect, the Detroit Red Wings 3, the Washington Generals 0.” The Generals are the team the Harlem Globetrotters beat up on. A Phoenix broadcaster tweeted the comment and Emrick was described as a lot of four-letter words on twitter. The harsh criticism didn’t stop there. Former Kings’ G Kelly Hrudey told CBC viewers after the first: “I was really unimpressed with Phoenix. Their breakouts, in fact, were gross.” ... Boston D Johnny Boychuk hitting Montreal’s Ryan White in the third near the stanchion caught everybody’s attention.

OFF THE GLASS: Pavel Datsyuk was a human highlight reel. He had 1-3-4 points, but putting the puck through his legs at high speed to get a shot off on Ilya Bryzgalov and set up Darren Helm for the club’s third goal at 19:01 is the one that will be remembered. “He’s not a hotdog, he works at it every day,” said NBC analyst Darren Pang. “This performance is memorizing by Datsyuk.” Won’t be long before Datsyuk is being lauded for the Conn Smythe. He played 21:42, had four shots and Datsyuk was only one point short of a club record five point ... Philly G Sergei Bobrovsky, pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots in the first, is finding out what playoff pressure is about. Does Brian Boucher start Game 3 in Buffalo after making 20 stops and allowing one goal in the victory? ... Coach Claude Julien coming unglued behind the Boston bench is getting notice. “You can sense the chaos on that team,” said former Bruins’ D Aaron Ward, who is working for TSN.

THINGS I THINK I THINK: The Kings got offence from a couple of young defencemen in Game 2 against the Sharks: Drew Doughty scored twice and Jack Johnson had a goal to give L.A. a 3-0 lead after two ... Expect the stories out of Detroit on Johan Franzen being a warrior. The Mule was cut for 21 stitches after getting slammed into the boards by Doan and Eric Belanger in the first. Franzen returned in the second looking worse for wear and with gauze in his broken nose. He refused a request to wear a visor ... Good news: The Phoenix situation is expected to be settled by the end of the Stanley Cup final. It’s only been two years ... Four games, 12 hours spent on the couch watching pucks on a Saturday. This was my own Hockey Day in Canada and I needed to hydrate a few times.

BLUELINE NOTES: If you are supposed to make your money in the playoffs, Bryzgalov is blowing his paycheque this spring. He has given up eight goals on 67 shots in two games, has a 4.10 GAA and a lousy .833 save-percentage. He has lost three straight playoff games to Detroit going to last spring and has given up 14 goals ... Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan got a two game suspension for his foot stomp on Nashville’s Jonathon Blum. Ryan could have waited until the series got to the Music City to show off his moves with his feet at Tootsie’s on Broadway Boulevard. “Where did he get it in his head that was a good idea?,” said TSN’s Ray Ferraro ... The only fans more nervous than the ones in Boston right now: The ones in San Jose. The Sharks are annual playoff chokers and they’ve got a tough task to beat the arch-rival Kings.


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