Canucks big second period leads to 8-5 win over Bruins
Tonight the Bruins fell to the Vancouver Canucks in an ugly 8-5 loss. Not much to say about this one but it was a bad game for the Bruins defense and goaltending.
Game recap video
In the first period, at 2:46, Canucks Bo Horvat scored, giving the Canucks a 1-0 lead. At 13:41, Bruins Matt Grzelcyk scored his 1st goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.
In the second period, at 0:36, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. At 7:02, Canucks Loui Eriksson scored, tying the game 2-2. At 8:28, Canucks Ben Hutton scored a power-play goal, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead. At 9:00, Bruins Jake DeBrusk scored his 4th goal of the season, tying the game 3-3. At 13:23, Canucks Loui Eriksson scored a power-play goal, giving the Canucks a 4-3 lead. At 14:53, Canucks Antoine Roussel scored, giving the Canucks a 5-3 lead. At 17:18, Bruins Jake DeBrusk scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, cutting the Canucks lead to 5-4. At 19:26, Canucks Erik Gudbranson scored, giving the Canucks a 6-4 lead.
In the third period, at 9:40, Canucks Bo Horvat scored a short-handed goal, giving the Canucks a 7-4 lead. At 11:12, Canucks Jake Virtanen scored, giving the Canucks a 8-4 lead. At 13:38, Bruins Danton Heinen scored his 1st goal of the season, a power-play goal, cutting the Canucks lead to 8-5.
Dropping the gloves
There was one fight in this game as in the third period, Bruins Torey Krug dropped the gloves with Canucks Darren Archibald after Archibald laid out a Bruins player with a big hit late in the game. You can watch the Krug vs Archibald fight video here.
Jaroslav Halak started the game in net, played only 34:53 before getting pulled and made 14 saves on 19 shots. Halak now has a 1.96 GAA and a .936 save percentage this season. Tuukka Rask replaced Halak in the second period, played 25:07 and made 11 saves on 14 shots. Rask got the loss in this game and is now 4-4-0 with a 3.05 GAA and a .901 save percentage this season.
The Bruins led the game in hits 23-15 and blocked shots 12-9. The Canucks led the game with a 52% faceoff percentage and in shots 33-28. Both teams went 2-for-5 on the power-play.
Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Noel Acciari led the Bruins with 4 hits. Jake DeBrusk and John Moore led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots each.
Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vaakanainen are still out of the lineup.
Three stars of the game
1) Canucks forward Bo Horvat
2) Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk
3) Canucks forward Loui Eriksson
Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-5-2 with 18 points and in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs, at 7pm ET.