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Thomas finds himself in jam
Goalie not happy with Dupuis play
PITTSBURGH - In yesterday’s second period, Pascal Dupuis took a pass from Sidney Crosby, walked out front, then whacked, pushed, and jammed at the puck.
In response, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas slid to the post, jammed his left pad onto the ice, and did his best to keep the puck from crossing the goal line. Eventually, however, the force of Dupuis’s movements pushed the puck over the line at 8:57, tying the game at 1.
Thomas protested to Tim Peel, but the referee wasn’t buying his complaint.
“It’s frustrating for a goalie,’’ Thomas said. “To be realistic, they just let that go almost every time. It’s impossible to hold your leg against the post. The guy’s pushing you into the net. It’s ice. You slide. There’s no way to hold yourself.
“Just coming off the Olympics, you couldn’t do that at all. I saw at least one goal taken away because of that. The rule in the book is that you’re not allowed to push the goalie into the net with the puck. [Peel] was saying that I didn’t have the puck covered. So it doesn’t apply to that rule. So I said, ‘So it’s OK to push the goalie into the net if he doesn’t have the puck, then?’
“Looking at it, I knew they were going to let it go. But it’s frustrating as a goalie because you can’t really do any more.’’
Thomas (31 saves) saw more high-quality chances than Marc-Andre Fleury (21 saves). Pittsburgh’s No. 1 line of Crosby, Dupuis, and Chris Kunitz combined for 15 of the team’s 33 shots. As usual, the Pittsburgh defensemen also joined the rush. Early in the third period, Kris Letang rang a point slapper off the right post.
“They’re a dangerous team,’’ Thomas said. “They have a lot of offensive talent, obviously. They send their D up with the rush quite often. There was a number of things we had to look out for. We did a pretty good job.’’
“They got the lead, 2-0, and everybody thought it was over,’’ Satan recalled of the series in which the Red Wings claimed Games 1 and 2. “I remember that there was a strong feeling in the dressing room that we could still do it. It just proved that as a group, we knew we could do it and that it was possible.’’
Satan, tucked away in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at last year’s trade deadline, wasn’t even sure he’d be back for the playoffs. But general manager Ray Shero, who needed to clear cap space to add Bill Guerin to the roster at the deadline, was true to his word and brought Satan from the AHL for the postseason run. Satan dressed in 17 playoff matches - including Game 7 against Detroit when Petr Sykora was out with a broken foot - and scored one goal and had five assists.
“It’s a really nice thing to have on your résumé, to be a Stanley Cup champion,’’ Satan said. “I’d been in the league for 14, 15 years. I was close once in ’99 with Buffalo when we went to the finals and lost. I know how hard it is. Some guys don’t get a chance to win.’’
Yesterday, Satan skated with David Krejci for the second straight game. Satan and Krejci were on the ice for both Pittsburgh goals.