The Boston Bruins unsuccessfully concluded a four-game, six-day journey in Canada with an unbeaten record. Heading into the fourth and final game on the Canadian road trip, the team had previously defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
Momentum carried the Vancouver Canucks in their win 6-2 over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Competing against familiar faces from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, launched the Canuck’s mentality to not only win, but also to put away the Bruins.
Vancouver lit the lamp first, late in the first period. Jannik Hansen embarrassed Bruin netminder Tuukka Rask and surprised spectators and fans as he scored off of a rocket slap shot meant for a dump-in. With a 1-0 lead heading into the second period, the Canucks seemed to have contained the electric atmosphere and exerted.
A minor set-up allowed room for the Bruins to attack the defense and create goal-scoring opportunities. Four minutes into the period, Reilly smith scored his eighth goal on the season, tying up the game. The momentum clearly never left Vancouver’s side, as David Booth snapped off a shot to regain the lead 2-1, one minute after Smith scored. From that point in the game, the Canucks’ shots became torpedo-like with a set direction as the puck propelled past Rask and Chad Johnson, who later came in to relieve Rask, and found the back of the net. Before Johnson came into net, Rask allowed another goal in the period, setting the Bruins farther back. The remainder of the period seemed to be an effort to comeback by the team because the Bruins controlled a lot of play. Over a minute into the third period, Yannick Weber made sure to seize any attempts of a comeback, scoring his first goal on the season, increasing the lead by three.
Bruins exhibited a strong fight throughout the whole game, firing a total of 41 shots versus a 30 shot response from the Canucks. The defense and goaltending did not seem to show up to this game though.
After two periods and a few minutes in the third period of play, Rask definitely had a large sunburn on his neck from the lamp igniting the four goals he allowed. Retrieving him in net was Johnson, early in the third period. Johnson was also not on top of his game as two goals passed by him and into the net off of seven shots. The two goals he allowed came from a Vancouver power play goal by Henrik Sedin midway only a few minutes into his appearance. A Bruin power play went wrong aligned the ice, nearly six minutes later, for Christopher Tanev to score Vancouver’s sixth goal on the night, increasing the lead by five.
Less than four minutes remained before Smith scored his second goal on the night. Although Smith is new to the Bruins roster this season, last night he demonstrated his skills effectively by being the only Bruin to score.
With a rematch coming against the Flames on Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Boston at 7:00 p.m., the team needs to reassess their contributions to the outcome of the Vancouver game and how to prevent it for the next game.