Bruins legend Ray Bourque appeared on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Bruins and NHL topics of interest.

Bourque said that not only are hits to the head more noticeable now because of the NHL’s crackdown, but also because it seems like there are just more of them. “I think some of the stuff has changed,” Bourque said. “You might’ve seen certain hits that were similar in our day, but it seems like there were less head shots.

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk made an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday. Boychuk scored 61 seconds into Thursday night's game vs. the Canadiens, starting off the Bruins on a 7-0 rout.

There was a lot of hype leading up to Thursday's game, but Boychuk said the team was able to focus on hockey. "We just wanted to put all the distractions away and worry about what we have to do on the ice, and we did that last night," he said.

Thursday night's game between the Bruins and Canadiens received a 6.6 Nielsen household rating on NESN, making it the highest-rated regular-season Bruins game in the station's history.

NESN has broadcast Bruins games for 27 years. The previous record was a 6.2 for last season's Bruins-Penguins on March 18.

Going against the NCAA basketball tournament, the B's game ranked first in the Boston market for men age 25-54, No. 2 for adults age 18-49 and No. 3 in households and adults age 25-54.

NESN analyst Andy Brickley appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Bruins’ 7-0 thrashing of the Canadiens on Thursday night. The hosts suggested that the game was only a Shawn Thornton fight short of perfection.

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.