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It was Tuukka Time at the Garden on Friday night in the first of a home-and-home with another one of the Original Six: the Detroit Red Wings. If this were 2010, Tuukka Time was most of the time after the youngster strangled hold of the starting job over what seemed to be the aging Tim Thomas.
But, the calendar reads 2011, and most of Tuukka Rask’s time is spent sitting on the bench watching Tim Thomas lead the NHL in shutouts, goals against average, and save percentage. In just his second start in eight games, Rask had the unenviable task of the vaunted Red Wings, who were really hungry after being outscored 12-4 in their previous four games (1-3). Advantage: Detroit.
Rask allowed goals on Detroit’s first two shots and three more in the second before being pulled in a 6-1 Red Wings win.
“I deserved to get pulled,” Rask said.
Rask sure did. A-Hole Todd Bertuzzi started the scoring with a goal just over a minute into the game. Danny Clearly followed with his 17th goal, giving Detroit a 2-0 lead.
David Krejci scored his first goal in forever (or to be accurate, his last two goals were scored against the Panthers on Dec. 27) with a few minutes to go in the period to make it a one-goal game.
Then in the second, Jiri Hudler lit the lamp just over a minute in to give the Wings a two-goal lead. Then, with less than five minutes to go in the period, Henrik Zetterberg and Bertuzzi beat Rask within 24 seconds, forcing coach Claude Julien to pull the trigger his goaltender.
Thomas allowed one goal in the third (Tomas Holmstrom), but by then, it was all futile. The Bruins were lethargic and had little sense of urgency. They were outshot 34-26, and when down four goals in the third, Detroit outshot the Bruins 15-7. Not good.
The Bruins have a chance to right the ship on Sunday when they take on the Red Wings again, but this time in Detroit. You better believe Thomas will be in between the pipes to start the game.