Tuukka Rask admitted after Friday's 6-1 loss to the Red Wings that he did not have one of his finer performances of the year and that he deserved to get pulled after allowing five goals on 18 shots in two periods. Rask, who fell to 5-11-1, said he had no criticism of coach Claude Julien, who started Tim Thomas in goal to start the third. 

 

"I'm not going to start analyzing that," Rask said. "I thought I deserved to get pulled. I didn't play to my level today." 

 

With "The Fighter" Mickey Ward on hand for the ceremonial puck drop, Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists and Todd Bertuzzi added a pair of goals as the Red Wings rocked Tuukka Rask and the Bruins, 6-1, Friday night at TD Garden. The two teams will conclude their home-and-home series in a rematch on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. 

 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said that the team will be going with the same lineup Friday against the Red Wings as they had in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Canadiens. That means that as far as rookies go, Zach Hamill and Jordan Caron are in and second overall pick Tyler Seguin is out. 

 

It will be the second consecutive game Seguin has been a healthy scratch, and technically the third time this season. He was scratched twice in December, one of which was the result of flu-like symptoms. 

 

Bruins forward Nathan Horton joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday, discussing Wednesday's wild victory over the Canadiens and the unusual equipment tidbit that aided his five-point effort.

 

The Bruins and Habs combined for 192 penalty minutes in an 8-6 Bruins win. It joined the likes of last week's win over the Stars and a Dec. 23 victory over the Thrashers as games in which the Bruins stood up for one another throughout the night. 

 

The Bruins see the Canadiens often enough in both the regular season and the playoffs, but the regular season is starting to show that it would be a shame if the two weren’t brought together once again in mid-April. 



Asked if he thought the Canadiens did anything that crossed the line in Wednesday's fight-filled contest, Bruins coach Claude Julien said it was just a hard-fought battle and nothing more. 

 

"I'm not going to stand here and complain about that stuff. Teams have to stand up for themselves," Julien said. "They stood up for themselves and so did we. We're not going to be throwing any daggers here at the other team. We're just going to say it was one of those hard-fought games, both played hard, and that's the way it ended."

 

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas wasn't going to stay in his net as he watched Carey Price put his teammates in a compromising position with the Habs and B's brawling in the second period of Wednesday night's 8-6 Bruins win. When Thomas skated out of his net for a second time to send the message for Price to stay in his own net, Price stayed out and fought Thomas.

 

"You just can't let it be an outnumbered situation," Thomas said after the game. "That's what I was thinking when I went down there. He was more than willing to fight."

 

In a game that feature eight goals in the second period, 11 men in the two penalty boxes at once and a fight between the goalies, the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 8-6, Wednesday night at TD Garden in an epic battle between the two archrivals. Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder each scored twice and Nathan Horton scored and added four assists in a five-point night to help the Bruins extend their lead to four points over Montreal in the division and remain solidly in third place in the Eastern Conference. 

 

In a growing trend, there was another fight involving goalies in the NHL and this one involved the Bruins and their archrival Canadiens. 

 

As several skaters battled in a scrum behind Montreal goalie Carey Price, Tim Thomas skated the length of the ice and challenged Price to a fight with 7:24 left in the second period as part of a donnybrook at the Garden Wednesday. The skirmish between lasted just 15 seconds as Price dragged Thomas to the ice and neither one landed any punches of signficance. 

 

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and the NHL.