Bruins ready to back up Thomas

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has obviously been a major factor in the Bruins bringing this series back to Vancouver tied 2-2, with his brilliant performance in Game 3 (40 saves) and a shutout in Game 4 with 38 saves. But Thomas has also played a role in the physical resurgence of the Bruins in the past two games, getting into it with Henrik Sedin in Game 3 and Alexandre Burrows in Game 4. Earlier in the series, the Canucks complained that Thomas was getting too much protection from the referees when he came out of the crease. Combined with him taking liberties physically, could the Canucks do the same with him in Game 5 and send a message?

“If somebody does take liberty, you've got to back your goalie up,” said defenseman Johnny Boychuk just prior to Game 5 on Friday afternoon. “But he's a passionate player and that's his style of game. He's not going to stray away from it. He's playing great and I don't want him to change a thing.”

This will be just another storyline to watch in Game 5 as the Bruins and Canucks battle at Rogers Arena.