VANCOUVER - Playing their third game in four nights, the Boston Bruins fell to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night by a score of 9-3.
"Sooner or later during the course of 82 games," said head coach Bruce Cassidy. "You're going to have one where things - the other team is clearly better than you. Things that you typically do well you just did not do well. It happens. I even looked at our schedule and sometimes you look at it and go boy it's going to be a tough one. You look at certain parts of the season and this was one that we thought would be a tough one.
"Now Vancouver is fighting for first place, that's just the way it is sometimes. No, we're not going to beat ourselves up over this loss. We'll get back to work on Monday, get ready for Calgary."
Coming into the game winners of 11 of their past 12, early on the Black and Gold were not getting any of the bounces at Rogers Center.
"From the goalies perspective," began Tuukka Rask. "It's one of those when it rains, it pours type of things. It's not bouncing, it's not. It doesn't matter if it's 2-1 or 9-3 or 15-3, it's a loss. You move on and try to keep it tight next game. I think that's the only way to try and approach it."
David Pastrank scored a brilliant breakaway tally early in the first period, but struggled to find any momentum for the next 40 minutes.
Video: BOS@VAN: Pastrnak makes slick move and puts home goal
In the second, the Canucks tacked on three more to extend the lead to 5-1, a deficit that would ultimately prove too much to overcame.
"I didn't think we played too bad in the first and the second," said Chris Wagner. "They got a couple bounces off guys and the puck was laying there and we didn't. Just got out of hand in the third. I don't think we stopped competing but I didn't think we were tight enough defensively."
The loss snaps the Bruins five game winning streak.
"We had a nice run," said Cassidy. "Typically what we've done in the past is work to start a new. So that's the goal.
In the third, David Pastrnak added his 2nd of the night and 45th of the season, while Chris Wagner scored his 5th of the year. Next up, the Bruins return home to Boston to take on the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Video: BOS@VAN: Wagner follows up and scores to trim deficit