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Video: Tim Thomas sprawls out to deny Mike Green’s breakaway chance

Feb 28, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT

In the third period of a tied hockey game between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers, it looked like defenseman Mike Green suddenly had a sure goal.

Green was breaking in all alone on Panthers’ goalie Tim Thomas when the veteran puck stopper suddenly stumbled as he was backing up. Green looked to take advantage, making a move to the forehand with almost the entire net to shoot at. But the 39-year-old Thomas, in an act of desperation, threw out his left arm and denied Green as he tried to slide the puck along the ice and into the open cage.

Now, as great a save as it was, it only prolonged the inevitable, as Alex Ovechkin scored just seconds later to give the Capitals a 5-4 win.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:19 AM


    Nobody cares about Thomas or the Panthers, apart from their 15 x season ticket holders. No sir, what the people ‘want and need’ to know about right now is our ‘glorious’ Kings’ victory tonight over the Flickers ! … you know, like …

    – Captain Brown ‘personally’ leading his team to victory with a goal and an assist ! :)

    – Jonathan Quick notching up yet another one of those ‘shut outs’ as they’re called !

    – we Kings ‘ass-kicking’ the Flames in physical combat during that 2nd period melee !

    you just gotta love it man ! … good times ! :)

    • Windmiller4 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      Respect is getting harder and harder to come by these days..

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        The words ‘respect’ and ‘blomfeld’ are never in the same sentence.

        I watched the game and am glad that the Caps won. I’m even happier that Ovi scored the winning goal considering how much crap has been written about him regarding the Olympic Games.

        I gotta say, though, I’m not sure if it was Craig Laughlin who called Thomas’s save ‘the save of the year;’ but, while it was an exceptional save, it was as if Mike Green shot the puck right to Thomas’s glove. Maybe it was the falling down part that made it so special.

        Glad for the Caps! (And I’m a Kings’ fan.)

    • beyor35 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      You’re an idiot…

    • blomfeld - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      LOL ! … it looks like the Panther’s ‘entire’ season ticket-holding fan base ‘plus 2’ didn’t concur with my dismissal of their ‘survivalist’ nut goalie eh ? … ah, isn’t that cute ! :)

  2. 19to77 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    I like that the guy who enjoys the ridiculousness of Tim Thomas the most is usually Tim Thomas.

  3. opattytheirishrover - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    An article worthy of such comments. Any article where the brilliance of somebody is washed away by the “inevitable” part, (this time thanks to Alex ‘Migs over the Ukraine’ Ovechkin), makes me chuckle in my charms filled belly.

    Huzzah my good friends!!

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    Lifty, scorey.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    I just feel that this sequence of events shows us all how terrible Mike Green is nowadays. The guy socks and should have been traded years ago. I miss 55!

    • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      i agree w/ everything, except Schultz

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        I was showing great sarcasm about double nickel. And Mike Green doesn’t sock… He SUCKS!

      • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        wasnt gonchar #55? thought you meant him, wouldve actually made sense

    • therealjr - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      As much as Thomas should be applauded for the effort, Mike Green had an enormous net to shoot at and basically whiffed, shooting it into the small area Thomas was able to cover.

  6. jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    say what you want about thomas, he still looks like he can have fun out there while losing. that mask is just retarded though….wonder if its a new EMP resistant prototype.

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