You could feel it developing. Somehow, Ryan Kesler stayed onside (tough), got away from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (not so tough), and dished the puck across the ice to a wide-open Jannik Hansen. Zdeno Chara, who rarely ever makes a mistake, over-committed a bit and let Hansen dish a pass through the middle to a cutting Raffi Torres.
As he did all game, Thomas got across the crease pretty quickly. This time, though, it wasn't quick enough. Torres tapped the puck into the back of the net, the clock stopped with 18.5 seconds left. Rogers Arena, and surely the entire city of Vancouver, erupted in euphoria.
Here's the video of the goal, via Mocksession.
Huge goal, of course. The biggest of Torres' career. And in the Bruins locker room, Thomas has some yelling to do. He deserved a much better fate after a brilliant Game 1 performance.
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