The Boston Bruins knocked off the hated Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in front of a soldout TD Garden crowd Tuesday night. The victory marks their second straight. They have now won six of seven. The Canucks on the other hand dropped their fifth consecutive game.
Tuukka Rask bounced back with from a dismal effort in his last start, shutting down the Canuck offense in convincing fashion. Rask turned aside 26 of 27 shots on the way to leading the Bruins to win number 37 on the season.
Milan Lucic continued his offensive ways as the bruiser tallied one goal and one assist. Lucic skated well and showed tremendous hustle trailing David Krejci up ice on an odd-man rush that resulted in the game’s first score. Krejci found Lucic in the slot who then beat Roberto Luongo with a fierce shot. Lucic now has three goals and three assists in his last six games.
Jarome Iginla also assisted on the Lucic goal. It marked his 600th of his career. In addition to the milestone helper, he also added a second period goal. Daniel Paille scored on a breakaway in the second period to cushion Boston’s lead. Brad Marchand had a goal of his own disallowed.
Newly acquired defenseman Raphael Diaz was able to beat Rask for the lone Vancouver goal. It wasn’t enough as Rask slammed the door on the Canucks in the third period. Boston’s netminder stopped nine shots in the final twenty minutes and withstood heavy, sustained pressure.
Boston has two games remaining on the schedule before they break for the Winter Olympics.
They’ll head to St. Louis on Thursday night to take on one of the NHL’s top teams in the Blues. The Bruins were beaten by them 3-2 in a shootout back on Nov. 21.