BOSTON BRUINS (35-16-3) vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS (27-21-9)
9:42 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, VAN 1
BRUINS DOWN CANUCKS: The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night in Boston by a score of 3-1, improving to 36-16-3 on the season. Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Daniel Paille were responsible for the offensive production in this matchup, with Tuukka Rask making 27 saves on 28 shots for his 25th win of the season. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis with puck drop set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis with puck drop set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
8:39 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, VAN 1
PAILLE SCORES ON A BREAKAWAY: The Bruins were able to net their third goal of the night, after Marchand's was called off just minutes earlier, when Johnny Boychuk threw a beautiful pass to Daniel Paille in the neutral zone, leading to a clean breakaway. Paille deked to get Roberto Luongo off slightly off balance to earn himself a hole large enough to pot his eighth goal of the year. Boychuk is credited with his 13th helper of the season for his role on the play.
MARCHAND'S GOAL CALLED OFF: With 6:11 to go in the second period, the Boston Bruins thought they had scored their third of the night when Brad Marchand punched in a goal from the right faceoff circle with Roberto Luongo caught out of position. However, it was determined that Torey Krug had interfered with Roberto Luongo, after he lost his balance and made contact with the Vancouver goalie, yielding the referees to call off the Marchand goal.
CANUCKS CUT THE LEAD IN HALF: With 8:32 to go in the second period, Vancouver's Raphael Diaz beat Tuukka Rask on a slapshot from just north of the right faceoff circle, glove-side. The goal marks Raphael's first goal of the season with Zach Kassian and Ryan Stanton, getting credited with the assists on the goal.
IGINLA TAPS ONE HOME: The Black & Gold had their third power play of the night when Jason Garrison was called for his second minor infraction of the evening. The Bruins doubled their lead 55 seconds into the power play chance when Jarome Iginla crashed the net down the right wing and tapped in a pin-point pass from Zdeno Chara who threw the puck to Iginla from the left faceoff circle. Not lost on the play was Tuukka Rask's huge breakaway save preceding the goal, which turned into the rush that resulted in the Bruins scoring. The goal marks Iginla's 16th goal of the season, who now has a multiple point game having tacked on an assist in the first period. Milan Lucic picks up the secondary assist on the play, giving him a multiple point game with one goal and a helper.
BRUINS GET A MAN-ADVANTAGE: At the 18:14 mark in the second period, the Bruins went on their second man-advantage of the game when the Canucks were whistled for a bench minor (too many men on the ice). The Bruins had two chances on tic-tac-toe passing, including an opportunity from Patrice Bergeron on the doorstep, which Luongo was able to body up. With 31 seconds left on the PP, the Jarome Iginla was called for hooking, yielding four-on-four play before the Canucks had a minute-and-a-half power play. The Bruins managed to kill off the Iginla hook without a hitch, due in large to a couple key saves by goaltender Tuukka Rask. With 14:44 to go in the second, the B's still lead Vancouver 1-0 with the Lucic goal scored in the first frame (see below).
7:36 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, VAN 0
BRUINS GO ON THE POWER PLAY: With 5:28 to go in the first period, the Bruins were awarded their first power play when Vancouver's Jason Garrison tripped up Daniel Paille after Paille had tipped away a Canuck pass. The Bruins first man-advantage of the evening took about 90 seconds before they started to move the puck efficiently, but it was too late as the Bruins were unable to generate any solid scoring opportunities in the final 30 seconds. Ultimately, the Canucks were able to kill of their first penalty of the night, bailing out Garrison's tripping infraction.
LUCIC SCORES, IGGY GETS HIS 600TH HELPER: Just over five minutes into the first period, Milan Lucic got the Bruins on the board with a beautiful wrister, that beat Luongo, high blocker-side for his 16th goal of the year. The play was set up by Jarome Iginla and David Krejci in transition who led the charge up ice through the neutral zone. Iginla fed a pass to Krejci on the right wing, who then flipped it to Lucic crashing on the left wing to set up the scoring chance. Jarome Iginla earns his 600th career NHL assist on the play, becoming 78th player in NHL history to log 600 helpers. Iginla is now eighth among active NHLers in career assists, which is tied with Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay) who entered tonight also at 600. Jaromir Jagr leads active NHLers in assists with 1,038 while Wayne Gretzky leads the all-time list with 1,963.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. VAN
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (24-13-3, 2.12 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Luongo (19-13-6, 2.30 GAA, .920 Save %). Rask is 0-1-1 with a 3.36 GAA and .889 save % in two career games against Vancouver. Luongo is 12-10-3 with a 2.38 GAA and .930 save with four shutouts in 26 games against Boston.
BRUINS VS CANUCKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Canucks will meet for the 111th time tonight in their franchise histories. The B’s have compiled a 68-26-15-1 record in those matchups and have outscored Vancouver, 441-309. The Black & Gold are 39-8-7-1 in their 55 lifetime meetings against the Canucks in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 224-131 in those contests. The Bruins are 7-4-1 in their last 12 games overall against the Canucks. This is the first season in which these teams will play each other twice since the 2002-03 campaign.
SHARING THE WEIGHT: Thus far, eight Bruins have reached double digits in goal scoring, which ranks second in the NHL to the Winnipeg Jets who have nine… The B’s are the only team in the NHL who currently have two defensemen who have accrued 10+ goals this season with Zdeno Chara’s 13 and Torey Krug’s 12.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins winger Jarome Iginla enters tonight’s game one assist shy of his 600th career helper… Centerman Gregory Campbell needs two more assists to reach 100 NHL assists.
STREAKING: Forward Carl Soderberg enters this evening riding a four-game point streak, registering two goals and three assists during that span.
194 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game against the Edmonton Oilers, the Boston Bruins have sold out 194 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANUCKS NOTEBOOK: The Canucks are in game three of a five-game road stretch, which began on January 31 against the Winnipeg Jets… Tonight the Canucks will complete their 14th of 17 back-to-back sets they will play this season. Vancouver has compiled a 13-11-3 overall record in back-to-back games… Brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin enter tonight leading the Canucks in point production with 40 apiece. Daniel has tallied 13 goals and 27 assists, while Henrik has recorded nine goals and 31 assists… Ryan Kesler ranks tied for fifth in the league for goals on the road with 14. The Canucks have seven players representing their respective country in 2014 Olympics in Sochi (Luongo & Hamhuis – Canada; Edler, D. Sedin & H. Sedin – Sweden; Weber – Switzerland; Kesler – United States).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 32-for-156 (20.5%, T-6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 149-for-180 (82.8%, 12th NHL)… Canucks power play: 25-for-184 (13.6%, 29th NHL), Canucks penalty kill: 162-for-190 (85.3%, 4th NHL).