By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Two nights after one of the most exciting hockey games in TD Garden history, it seemed the Bruins used all their energy against the Montreal Canadiens, and fell to the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Friday night.
Bruins coach Claude Julien gave Tim Thomas the night off, but it certainly wasnt Tuukka Rasks night, as he allowed five goals on 19 shots through the first two periods, forcing Julien to replace him with Tim Thomas to begin the third period.
In fact, the Red Wings scored on their first two shots of the night, as Todd Bertuzzi beat Rask with a slap shot from the right circle, just 1:10 into the game, and Dan Cleary put a puck through Rasks five-hole two minutes later, both shots that Rask probably wishes he could have back.
David Krejci scored his first goal since Dec. 27, with 2:07 left in the first period, finishing a nice pass out front by Milan Lucic while on the power play. The goal cut Detroits lead to 2-1, but the Red Wings answered with three goals on seven shots in the second period, a period in which the Bruins were held scoreless on 11 shots.
Detroits first two goals of the second werent necessarily Rasks fault, but the Red Wings fifth of the night certainly was.
With 3:22 left in the period, Rask stepped out of the crease and attempted to swing a puck behind his own net. He whiffed on the shot, and Bertuzzi picked up the loose puck behind the net and banked a shot off Rask and in for the 5-1 lead.
Thomas allowed a Tomas Holmstrom power-play goal with 6:09 left in the third, adding insult to injury.
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