Boston Bruins defeat Colorado Avalanche, 5-4

DENVER - The shot came off the stick of future Hall of Famer Joe Sakic.

Tim Thomas stopped Sakic's wrister, but the netminder wasn't happy with where he placed a meaty rebound - in the heart of the slot for an onrushing Jordan Leopold to blast home at 10:17 of the third period, wiping out a 4-3 Boston lead.

Thomas, who kept his Bruins teammates in the game when they were flubbing everything in sight earlier, would have a chance at rubbing out his mistake.

It came ...