The Montreal Canadiens took advantage of an error by Bruins rookie Kevan Miller to get the early lead, but with Boston fighting back and the Canadiens’ season on the line, it seemed unlikely that one goal would be enough.
It won’t have to be now. Max Pacioretty’s lack of offensive output — he had one goal in nine playoff games — had been a persistent topic recently, but he came up big tonight. He outskated Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara as the puck sped towards Boston’s net and Pacioretty was able to wrist it by Tuukka Rask as a result.
You can see that goal below:
Just 2:15 minutes later, Thomas Vanek netted a power-play goal to give the Canadiens a 3-0 lead, which they took into the second intermission:
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.