The first clue Tim Thomas had that his season ended abruptly was the crowd's reaction. His head was buried in Mike Knuble's stomach, having just saved the big forward's backhand attempt in overtime. Thomas never saw Joel Ward knock home the series-clinching rebound.
Until that moment, Thomas had visions of a Stanley Cup repeat. He had to. That's just how he operates. You don't win a Stanley Cup, Vezina Trophy and a Conn Smythe by anticipating failure.
"I have to say, I'm probably in shock," he told reporters in the Bruins' dressing room following the loss. "I really had a deep feeling this wasn't the end of the road for us tonight, that this wasn't going to be the last game of the season."
It turned out to be exactly that. It's also quite possible it was the last game of Thomas' Bruins career.
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