Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, after making comments in a Finnish publication that were interpreted as a complaint about playing time, told that his comments had been exaggerated. Still, he did not disavow completely the sentiments that had been ascribed to him.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon, and the main topic of conversation was goaltender Tim Thomas and the controversy that has arisen over his political views.

"Timmy, he's his own guy," Marchand said. "He's handled things pretty well. He's not really any different at all."

Added Marchand: "Whatever he's doing, that's his business. I don't really think it's up to anyone outside hockey or anyone inside hockey for that matter to tell him how to act. It's his own business."

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Friday's practice that Nathan Horton did not react well to skating earlier this week, and is "back to square one" in his recovery from his latest concussion. 

"He's been pulled back," Julien said. "He's got some symptoms, so we pulled him back. That's why I said as far as for me to come out every and [say there's a] step forward, a step backward. He's back to square one and we're giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got back on the ice, came back."

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference offered his take on the Tim Thomas controversy during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Friday morning.

"It's one of those things," Ference said. "We've known Tim for a number of years. … We know who he is, what his beliefs are. For us, it's just kind of normal."

Although the Bruins are 5-6-1 since Thomas boycotted the team's visit to the White House last month, Ference insisted the ensuing media firestorm is not the reason for the B's struggles.

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas really doesn't want to get into his political statements and he made that clear Thursday. 

Per the Boston Globe, Thomas walked out on reporters after they repeatedly asked him about his most recent political statement, which he posted on Facebook about the Catholic church. 

"From now on, first question I get on it every day, I'm done interviewing for that day," Thomas said.

Before the Bruins got their rear ends handed to them in their worst loss of the season Wednesday, the spotlight was already on Tim Thomas

BUFFALO -- Amidst weeks of up-and-down hockey, the Bruins suffered perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, getting blanked by the Sabres, 6-0, Wednesday at First Niagara Center. 

Tuukka Rask was chased after allowing three goals on the first 10 shots he faced, and the Sabres got a two-goal performance from captain Jason Pominville. Ryan Miller's shutout marked the second time in the last four games that the B's have been kept scoreless.

BUFFALO -- In a surprise move, Bruins coach Claude Julien revealed Wednesday night's starting goaltender, saying that Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for the B's against the Sabres. 

Rask is third in the NHL in both save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (1.88), but has not won any of his last three starts (0-2-1). His last victory came on Jan. 16 against the Panthers in Florida. 

[UPDATE: 2:00 p.m.] WILMINGTON -- The Bruins assigned forward Zach Hamill to Providence Tuesday, hours after he cleared waivers. The B's had placed Hamill, their 2007 first-round pick, on waivers Monday.

In 16 NHL games this season, Hamill has no goals and two assists. The eighth overall pick in 2007, Hamill has yet to score an NHL goal in his career. 

With Hamill not on the NHL roster, Jordan Caron will continue to be the team's extra forward, though Caron will remain in the lineup with Nathan Horton still dealing with a concussion. 

The Bruins got back to winning Sunday, defeating the Capitals, 4-1, at the Verizon Center.

On a day when Claude Julien shuffled some of the Bruins' lines amidst the team's struggles, it was Patrice Bergeron's line -- which stayed intact -- the produced big for Boston. Both Bergeron (two assists) and Brad Marchand (a goal and an assist) had two-point games for the Bruins, who broke a two-game losing streak.