The 37-year-old Vezina Trophy finalist flashed the pads time and again, and stifled the relentless Flyers attack, posting 52 saves in a 3-2 overtime win for Boston in Game 2.
Every time it appeared the Flyers were about to capitalize, Thomas came up with the timely saves.
“This game and Game 5 against Montreal were his best as a Bruin in my eyes,” team president Cam Neely said.
Coach Claude Julien concurred.
“By far he was the star of the game tonight. He made some outstanding saves, especially when they started coming at us and had some unbelievable scoring chances. He stood tall and made some great saves. No doubt, if it’s not for Timmy, we’re not standing here tonight with a win. But that’s what goaltenders do for you in the playoffs. It certainly builds some confidence in your team when you know the goaltender is there to bail you out, and Tim has given us that.”