Vancouver native and Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic
scored the game winner as the Bruins defeated the NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks, 3-1 tonight.
|Boston Bruins leftwing Milan Lucic (17) sends the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) for the winning goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Geoff Howe) |
It was the Bruins fourth consecutive victory, and second win in a row against a Western Conference opponent.
“It’s a four game road trip and we set a goal and we have to go after it. We know that the last two teams we played were really good teams but every game in a challenge,” B’s defenseman Zdeno Chara
said after the game.
After falling behind early, the Bruins came back from a 1-0 deficit at the end of the first period to pick up just their second win of the season when trailing after the first frame.
Boston got their own scoring started at 9:56 of the second when Nathan Horton
netted his 16th of the season, assisted by Lucic and Tomas Kaberle.
The assist was Kaberle’s 36th of the season and first point in a Bruins sweater.
Vancouver didn’t go down easy, as B’s goaltender Tim Thomas
made 27 saves, stifling the Canucks high-powered offense.
“You never know what you’re going to get when you go into a game,” Thomas said.
“The way it worked out I think I knew early in the first it was going to be tight and from a goaltenders perspective every shot, every save was going to make a difference in the game. “
The play went back and forth for the entirety of the second period, with neither team able to score.
“The game I thought it was a pretty even game to be honest with you,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Juien said postgame.
“I don’t think one team dominated the other and at the end it’s just finding ways to score those kind of goals that [Lucic] had and that’s what makes the difference in those kinds of games.”
Lucic’s game winner came on a shift late in the third period, after some hard work around the net by center David Krejci
“I talk about him all the time, the confidence that he has with the puck and the moves that he can make,” Lucic told NESN’s Naoko Funayama of Krejci.
“He’s one of, if not our best playmaker and that’s a big reason why I’ve scored so many goals this year.”
Lucic picked up his third point of the night as Patrice Bergeron
poked in the empty-net goal to seal the win for Boston.
“It’s definitely the perfect ending to the perfect couple of days here in Vancouver," added Lucic.
“Even when we went down 1-0 we never got nervous. We had a strong second period and we were able to carry that into the third.
“It’s great that we were able to get that victory.”
The Bruins will look to pick up their fifth consecutive win tomorrow night as they take on the Edmonton Oilers in game five of their current six-game road swing.
“We have a four game road trip and we got two wins,” Chara said. “But we should not be satisfied, we play again tomorrow.”---Hannah Becker