To say there was plenty of physicality in the Boston Bruins' 8-1 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Monday would be an understatement. While none of the 71 combined hits were more devastating than Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton, there was one that was the most entertaining. And it came from the unlikeliest of sources: a goaltender. Below the jump, get an "inside" look at Tim Thomas body checking Henrik Sedin.
Just shy of the halfway point of the third period, the Canucks entered the offensive zone and attempted to put one past Thomas. Sedin stripped Dennis Seidenberg and as he went to catch the airborne puck, Thomas literally pushed him with both hands and knocked him out of the crease. CBC's Jim Hughson said that Thomas was "multitasking" since goalies are not normally that aggressive. Yet, Thomas decided to accentuate his aggressive style of play with some ruthless aggression.
Jannik Hansen eventually solved Thomas, but the Canucks will now need to think twice upon entering Thomas' crease. For those interested to see what the hit looked like from inside the goal, the video is below.