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The Boston Bruins pushed their first round match up with the Washington Capitals to the limit after a 4-3 win in Game 6 on Sunday. The Bruins and Caps will play the series deciding Game Seven on Wednesday night in Boston.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher spoke with Toucher & Rich about the overtime Game Six win, Tim Thomas, Shawn Thornton sitting and Brad Marchand’s diving.
The Bruins went down 3-2 in the series after a Game 5loss on Saturday, and many have criticized Tim Thomas for the last two goals he let in. How did Goucher feel about those two that got by Thomas?
“I didn’t like them; didn’t like them at all and it was too bad too because he had played really well the first two periods… He made some huge saves to kind of keep it close and keep them in the game.”
Is Thomas coming further out of net this year, or are the results just a little different?
“I don’t know if he’s coming out more than he usually does,” said Goucher. “I just think there are times where he’ll miss some that you kind of look and shake your head, like ‘how did that go in?’ But then there are other ones you don’t know how the hell he kept it out.”
Head coach Claude Julien made a big change on Sunday by sitting Shawn Thornton for Jordan Caron. What was the thought process behind this move and does Goucher see Thornton sitting again for Game 7?
The guys discussed Tyler Seguin and his Game 6 overtime goal to give the B’s the victory. He’s been pretty quiet all series long, but it seems he’s back on his game. Could his Game 6 success carry over into the must-win Game 7 Wednesday night?
The guys also went on to discuss Bard Marchand and what looked like a dive in the second period that you could argue led to Jason Chimera’s tying goal. Does Goucher think it was a dive by Marchand?
“There’s part of me that thinks he helped it out, maybe that’s a good way to put it,” said Goucher. “I think one of the problems he’s run into this year is that he’s not getting the benefit of the doubt as much.”