On Tuesday, the NHL announced the six players chosen in the fan vote for the upcoming All-Star Game. Only the Penguins and Blackhawks were represented, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury will represent Pittsburgh, while Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will go from Chicago.

 

There was no question over who stole the show when Tuukka Rask led the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs Monday night in Toronto (



Nathan Horton had two points and Tuukka Rask turned in a gutsy performance as the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre on Monday night. 

 

Horton, who had not scored a goal in nine games entering the night, beat Leafs goaltender James Reimer from the high slot at 7:56 of the second period and set up a Savard one-timer later in the period. Mikhail Grabovski got the Leafs on the board in the first period, but his breakaway goal was the extent of the Leafs' scoring.

 

According to reports out of Toronto, Tuukka Rask was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice at their morning skate, suggesting the 23-year-old will be the B's starting goalie when they take on the Maple Leafs. 

 

Rask made his 10th start of the season on Saturday, allowing three goals to the Sabres on 16 shots in the first period before getting pulled. This technically marks the first time this season that Rask has started two games in a row. Tim Thomas has played in the last eight games, seven of which he started. 

 

Tim Thomas didn't end up getting the day off after all.



 Tuukka Rask, making his first start since Dec. 15, was pulled from the game after allowing three goals on 16 shots in the first period. The B's led, 4-3, at the time, and went on to lose, 7-6, to the Sabres in a shootout. 

 

Following the game, coach Claude Julien defended the decision in his post-game interview on NESN. 

 

"We felt that we needed some bigger saves," Julien said. "He hasn't played in a while, but still, we needed to win this hockey game, so we thought it was important to make that change."

In a game that could appropriately be summarized as a "shootout," the Bruins fell, 7-6, to the Sabres Saturday in a shootout. 

 

After Drew Stafford and Michael Ryder each scored in the first round of the shootout, Thomas Vanek and Tyler Seguin followed their teammates' leads. Tyler Ennis then beat Tim Thomas, who came on in relief of Tuukka Rask in the second period, before Zdeno Chara missed. 

 

All eyes were on Tuukka Rask Saturday as he made his first start over two weeks, but his return to the net was short-lived as Claude Julien pulled the 23-year-old after one period. 

 

Rask allowed three goals in the first period on 16 shots. The Bruins held a 4-3 lead at the end of the period, and the Sabres tied it up when Drew Stafford beat Tim Thomas with a wrist shot at 6:17. 

 

With Thomas back in goal, he is now playing in his eighth straight game. Rask is 2-7-1 this season. 

 

Bruins center Gregory Campbell will miss Saturday's game vs. the Sabres, as Claude Julien told reporters prior to the game that the center remains "under the weather." Campbell was also held out of Thursday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Thrashers. 

 

After seven straight starts, it appears that Tim Thomas will finally be getting the day off on Saturday. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is slated to stand between the pipes on Saturday for the Bruins' contest against the Buffalo Sabres, marking the first time he will start since Dec. 15. After Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Thrashers, the Bruins were 4-2-1 during the stretch, which has seen them jump back into first place in the Northeast Division.