Almost as soon as the media questions began when Tim Thomas returned to Boston with two losses, the Bruins' goalie shut down the inquiry into his walkabout style.

"I have a pretty good idea of how to play goalie," Thomas, the Vezina Trophy favourite, informed the keen observers in the press on Sunday. "I'm not going to be taking suggestions or advice at this time. I'm just going to keep playing the way I have."

His in-box was closed.

Thank goodness because the way Tim Thomas plays goal is a riot.

He stops the puck with the bravado of a matador stopping bulls.

It's dangerous to say goaltending was the difference in an 8-1 blowout win, but Thomas was the difference between the Bruins trailing 2-0 after the first period or the game still being scoreless.

He finished with 40 saves and the second-biggest hit of the night, flattening Henrik Sedin with a bodyblow at the top of the crease when the Canuck was trying to control a bouncing puck.

The last goalie who hit like that was Ron Hextall, who was much less adept at contacting pucks than opponents.