BOSTON - It was a moment that summed Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup final here.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, his left arm draped over the net, a picture of calm in the middle of a storm of noise.
He has been brilliant, stopping 78 of 79 shots in the last two games at TD Garden and, for the blue collar Bruins fans, giving them another reason to cheer by getting into a scrap with Vancouver Canucks pest Alex Burrows Wednesday night.
The fans at TD Garden gave Thomas an ovation as his picture was flashed on the scoreboard, minutes after he had slashed and then exchanged punches with Burrows.
Burrows had poked at Thomas with his stick, drawing a slash from Thomas and then the two started throwing fists with Thomas’ mask flying off and into the net.
The Canucks had been annoying Thomas by tapping the butt end of his stick.
“They did it a couple of times on the power play in the first period. I didn’t know who it was. I was focused on the puck,” said Thomas. “That was like the third time he had hit my butt end on that power play. Up 4-0, the game was getting down towards the end, so I thought I’d give him a little love tap and let him know ‘I know what you’re doing, but I’m not going to let you do it forever.’ So that’s all it was. It was a typical battle.”