Boston Bruins

In case a mad dash into the donnybrook and frantic attempts at ditching his equipment didn’t tell you, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask really wanted to have a go with Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

“A little bit,” Rask, who took the loss behind a 23-of-26 effort, said when asked if he wanted to fight Howard. “You need to get at least one [fight] under your belt in your career. I saw the opportunity and I know Jimmy pretty well. Big [boxing] fight coming up [Saturday] so, I feel like set the stage for that. Heavyweight.”

But the referees decided such a thing had zero chance of actually happening, and prevented the two willing combatants from having a go at one another, much to the dismay of a suddenly-lively TD Garden crowd.

Had the referees let the two go, it would have been the first since the Tim Thomas-Carey Price back in 2011, and would stand as the first fighting major of Rask’s NHL career, as he noted in his postgame conference with the media.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, meanwhile, seemed on the fence about his $7 million goalie fighting.

“I don’t know, to be honest with you,” Cassidy offered. “I’m more concerned with how that all played out. We ended up shorthanded, and I don’t think that was appropriate. There was a lot of stuff going on tonight. They called Colby Cave kind of for just going over to talk to [Tyler] Bertuzzi, barely touched him. I thought that was kind of, that was a weak call, but at the end of the day that’s life. I don’t know.

“Ask Tuukka if he wanted to fight the other goalie. If he says yes, then I’m onboard with it. I’ll back my players. I don’t know.”

Maybe next time.