One year after this local holiday tradition helped to pilot a new national TV custom, the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC, it was supposed to give that fledgling practice a booster. The mighty New York Rangers should have been in town for an elite Original Six clash and a timely follow-up on Thursday night’s NBC-televised Patriots-Jets matchup.
Just imagine if, sometime in the previous decade, a baseball stoppage had robbed the Red Sox of a Marathon Monday morning game against the Yankees and you will understand how Bruins buffs must be feeling this Friday. Or even, dare we say, if last year’s NFL lockout had lasted long enough to evaporate the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day games.
As it was in 1994 and 2004, the best a New England puckhead can do this year is reflect on the post-Thanksgiving games that have been successfully conducted, half of which have been Boston victories.
The Bruins are 10-7-3 all-time in this annual event, including three wins in as many tries against the rival Montreal Canadiens and a 2-1-1 mark against the Vancouver Canucks, albeit long before that franchise was a Stanley Cup championship adversary.
The Bruins’ top six Black Friday moments are recounted as follows in chronological order.