Just about every talking head predicted that Michael Grabner would have a great chance of ending up the fastest skater tonight and he didn’t disappoint. The speedy New York Islanders right winger earned the fastest times of the night and helped Team Staal defeat Team Lidstrom 5-3.
Full times at the bottom of this post.
Backward skating: Kris Letang narrowly beats Duncan Keith (one point for Team Staal)
Rookies straight ahead: Michael Grabner beats Taylor Hall by a half second (one point for Team Staal)
Goalies: Cam Ward beats Tim Thomas, who fell (one point for Team Staal)
Full straight ahead: Martin St. Louis narrowly beats Ryan Kesler (one point for Team Lidstrom)
Full straight ahead: Steven Stamkos beats Mike Green (one point for Team Lidstrom)
Full straight ahead: Matt Duchene beats Marc Staal (one point for Team Lidstrom)
Two point race: Michael Grabner beats Taylor Hall again (two points for Team Staal)
Here are the detailed player-by-player best times, via NHL.com.
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Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.