If the upcoming playoffs go according to plan, Tuukka Rask could have made his final appearance of the season here yesterday. If so, he went out with a beauty.

As a team, the Bruins delivered a rather unimpressive, mail-it-in kind of showing in their final game of the regular season, but Rask (29 saves) did all he could do in the 3-2 loss to the non-playoff Devils.

"It wasn't very pretty," coach Claude Julien said. "The execution certainly wasn't there. We weren't a very good team. We showed a little bit of life there in the last eight minutes. A little bit.

"But it was just one of one those games. I'm glad it's out of the way, no injuries. We really want to put all our focus now on getting ready for the playoffs."

Rask was great, especially on a sensational, Martin Brodeur-like, stacked-pads stop on David Clarkson late in the second. He'll be Tim Thomas' backup in the playoffs — unless something changes.