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Rask makes 25 saves, Bruins shut out Canucks

Coyle has goal, assist to help Boston to fourth straight win

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

Rask shuts out Canucks

VAN@BOS: Rask makes 25 saves in 4-0 win vs. Canucks

Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 shots he faced in the Bruins' fourth consecutive victory, a 4-0 home win against the Canucks

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BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Rask is 11-0-6 at home this season for the Bruins (32-10-12), who are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games. His point streak to start the season at home tied Gilles Gilbert's Bruins record (16-0 with one tie to start the 1973-74 season).

"That was one of the best checking games all over the ice I remember, I think," said Rask, who has three shutouts. "We took their time and space away and they didn't have too many chances from the slot or anywhere else. So I think everybody checked well and defended well, and that turned to offense, so that's great to see. You know we win 4-0, it was a great checking game."


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Charlie Coyle had one goal and one assist, and Charlie McAvoy had two assists for the Bruins, who are in first place in the Atlantic Division, five points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves for the Canucks (30-19-5), who lost in regulation for the first time in their past seven games (5-1-1). Vancouver is in first place in the Pacific Division, three points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers.

"Our team was excited to play tonight. Whenever you play a team as good as Boston, you want to have a good outing, we wanted to beat them," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "Yeah, we just weren't good enough. That's a team that lost in the 0Stanley Cup] Finals last year, they know how to win, they know how to play, they're heavy on the puck. I thought just we didn't get inside enough on them. I thought in the small areas of the game they were harder than us."

Coyle gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 14:24 of the first period. Coyle settled the rebound of a McAvoy shot and then beat Markstrom with a forehand shot from the slot.

Video: VAN@BOS: Coyle makes nifty move to net McAvoy rebound

The goal was upheld after the Canucks challenged for offside when the NHL Situation Room ruled Sean Kuraly of the Bruins legally tagged up at the blue line prior to McAvoy entering the offensive zone and touching the puck.

"I thought it was offside, but I know the explanation that they gave, and it is what it is," Green said.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy saw the play differently.

"We felt that when I looked it, I'm like 'jeez, that looks like it's offside.' But Charlie didn't touch the puck until Kuraly had cleared, so that got clarified quickly on the bench when we looked at it the second time," Cassidy said.

Brad Marchand extended Boston's lead to 2-0 at 15:35 of the second period with a goal from the slot off a pass from Patrice Bergeron.

Video: VAN@BOS: Marchand taps home Bergeron's centering feed

David Krejci's 4-on-4 goal set up by Sean Kuraly at 14:09 of the third period made the score 3-0 Bruins.

Karson Kuhlman's power-play goal on a tip-in from the slot at 18:10 provided the 4-0 final.

"Obviously we now we have to be better," Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler said. "We know we weren't at our best tonight and there's another game coming up around the corner and we've got to prepare for that."

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They said it 

"We were getting outworked. We were re not getting momentum on the power play. It's frustrating. In a game like that, a power play goal makes a big difference. They won more battles than us tonight." -- Canucks forward J.T. Miller, part of Vancouver's power play that went 0-for-3 

"I think we're playing hard and we're playing fast. And you know our forwards are so good at forechecking and the transition side of the game, and if we can get up and make plays and just really move our feet, I think that plays to our style and our hand. And we've been able to do that as well as we've gotten terrific goaltending." -- Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy 


Need to know

The Canucks were shut out for the fourth time this season. … Rask is the 10th NHL goalie to start a season with at least one point in his first 17 home games. The NHL record is 25, set by Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens in 1943-44.


What's next

Canucks: At the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-WI, FS-N, SNP, NHL.TV)

Bruins: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS)

Video: Rask blanks Canucks in Bruins' fourth straight win

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