RALEIGH, N.C. --
One has to wonder what was going through the mind of Boston Bruins
General Manager Peter Chiarelli as he watched star goalie Tim Thomas
plunge to the ice in his attempt to lap an ice rink in the fastest time possible during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition.
"Ah, he sees that five times in practice, one way or another," Thomas said. "I don't think he was worried one bit. That's why I was able to get up so fast … because I have plenty of practice at falling."
It was all in fun, of course, but no team needs an injury in the wake of a second-half surge to close out the season entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Still, there was the 36-year-old Thomas, attempting to go stride-for-stride against Carolina Hurricanes
goalie Cam Ward
in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater competition at RBC Center on Saturday night.