Big and Bad. Maybe it's overrated. On a night when there were zero signs of life from the Canadiens, the Bruins opted to display a different 'B' Thursday: Better.

After the 7-0 rout of the Canadiens, Bruins winger Mark Recchi acknowleged he made comments this week critical of Canandiens management and medical staff to take pressure off Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Recchi said Wednesday that the Canadiens "embellished a little bit" the hit on Max Pacioretty on March 8 that resulted in a concussion for Pacioretty but no suspension for Chara. 

"I took pressure off my captain for one day," Recchi said. "He deserved it. He earned it." 

Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton each scored twice while Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Milan Lucic all tallied three assists as the Bruins annihilated the Canadiens, 7-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. Tim Thomas turned away all 24 shots for his eighth shutout this season for the Bruins, who increased their lead over second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division to five points, with two games in hand on their archrivals.

Thursday night's game between the Bruins and Canadiens has been getting even more attention than usual thanks to Mark Recchi's recent suggestion that the Habs exaggerated Max Pacioretty's March 8 injury to get B's captain Zdeno Chara suspended. Milan Lucic made similar comments Wednesday, but prior to the game stressed that the team's focus is on the game.

Thursday night is going to be a big test for the Bruins, but when it comes to all the obstacles the B's will face with the Habs in town, there me be none greater than the challenge of keeping focused. 

Bruins president Cam Neely was a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, and discussed a variety of topics, including the suspension of Matt Cooke and the progress of Tyler Seguin. But Neely was first asked what kind of team he feels he has with this Bruins squad. The Bruins had posted a 1-3-3 mark in the last seven games before Tuesday night's 4-1 win over the Devils.


WILMINGTON -- Bruins president Cam Neely raised eyebrows recently on CBS radio when he said that the team's goaltenders needed to "show us who's ready to be the goalie for the playoffs." Tim Thomas is the favorite to win the Vezina trophy after posting historic numbers in the first half of the season, while Tuukka Rask has seen improved play since getting more time in the second half of the season.


Speaking to Wednesday, Rask offered his thoughts on whether the Bruins have a No. 1 guy for the playoffs. 


Milan Lucic is not Cam Neely

I, for one, am ecstatic that Bruins season is finally about to start.



The Bruins took a step toward ending the funk they have found themselves in of late, defeating the Devils, 4-1, at TD Garden Tuesday night. 


Shawn Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi provided the goals for the B's,with Chara's serving as Boston's first 5-on-4 goal since Feb. 18. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play, with four Devils penalties coming in the second period.