Rask to start tonight at Buffalo

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Rask to start tonight at Buffalo

BUFFALO Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice just steps ahead of Tim Thomas at the conclusion of morning skate at the First Niagara Center, meaning the Finnish understudy will get the start against the Buffalo Sabres.

Rask enters Wednesday nights game against the Sabres riding three straight losses for the first time since opening the season with three straight losses in October.

Rask is still 7-2-1 in his last seven starts, however, and will be backstopping a Bruins team against a Sabres unit thats won three of their last four games while digging out of the Northeast Division basement. Buffalo is 11 points behind Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot to begin the day, and has the classic backs against the wall mentality going for them.

You want to build some consistency, said Claude Julien. You dont want to play .500 hockey but you also have to respect the fact that every other team is battling to stay in the playoffs or battling to get into a playoff spot.Were in a part of the season where every team out of it still has a little bit of hope, and theyre going to push as hard as they can until the team pulls the plug. We expect team from here on in until the trade deadline, at the very least, to be very hard to play against.

Here is the rest of the projected lineup that should be the same as Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals:

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Lucic-Kelly-Peverley
Pouliot-Krejci-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

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Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Rask

Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

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Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.

“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.

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According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.

Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”

Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.

“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."

Tanguay: The games aren't the thing anymore

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Tanguay: The games aren't the thing anymore

What about the games?

You know. The games that are played between the lines. The controversial calls, the second-guessing of strategy, the why-the-hell-did-he-shoot-that?

This all came to me today. The games have become secondary. The main theme of what we do is drama. 

Yep, we have done it. David Price being a complete asshat. Does Belichick really love Jimmy Garoppolo more? (Bill does have a history of trading for a younger model.) Should the Celtics do whatever it takes to trade for Kyrie Irving?

We have become a soap industry. It’s all about the gossip, the in-fighting, the free agent offseason. 

And you know what?

I LOVE IT!

Do you?