From the Garden: Bruins fall to Canucks 4-2
The Boston Bruins dropped another home game on Thursday night when they fell to the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 4-2. The Bruins were dominated by puck management the entire night, and they failed to capitalize when the shots were there for the taking. Vancouver did not get many shots off, but they were able to capitalize when the opportunity provided itself.
The Bruins played a fairly solid first period against Vancouver as they held the Canucks to only four shots on goal. Nevertheless, Vancouver was able to net one of those shots. Radim Vrbata was able to take control of the puck near center ice and dish it out to Sven Baertschi who broke free and was just able to knock the puck through the legs of Tuukka Rask to put the Canucks up 1-0 just 3:22 into the game. The Bruins were able to maintain the puck while taking 11 shots, but were unable to net any. Dorchester’s own Jimmy Hayes came close in the final minute of the first period with a turn around wrist shot, but was denied by Vancouver goal tender Jacob Markstrom.
The second period of this game was one filled with shots on net by both squads. This time around the shot differential was a bit more even, with the Bruins once again taking 11 shots, and Vancouver doubling their shot total from the first period, with eight shots. With about 11:20 left in the period the Bruins began ferociously attacking the net. Jimmy Hayes wrapped a shot around the back of the net, but it was knocked away by Markstrom. Soon there after Hayes tried connecting with Ryan Spooner for the assist, but Jacob Markstrom made yet another great save.
The Bruins were playing a game of, “let’s see how close we can get the puck to the net, without crossing the line.” Nevertheless, as the seconds ticked off the clock in the final minute of the second period, Jimmy Hayes once again found himself with the puck at the right face off circle. He turned an unleashed a wrist shot that deflected off the leg of Vancouver defender Christopher Tanev and went through the legs of Jacob Markstrom to tie the game at one goal a piece to end the second period.
The third period was a rollercoaster ride from the start and it was one dominated by the Vancouver Canucks. The puck management by the Bruins was atrocious. Just 1:49 into the third period however the momentum the Bruins built at the end of the second all but left the TD Garden. Linden Vey took a shot that deflected off of Tuuka Rask in which Alexandre Burrows pick up the puck for a turn around slap shot that went right into the back of the net. Nevertheless, just about three minutes later, Patrice Bergeron found Brad Marchand across the ice at the right face off circle.
Marchand flicked a wrist shot and netted his 18th goal of the season to tie the game at two goals a piece. That was the last glimmer of hope the Bruins had in winning this game. The Canucks were once again able to dominate rebounds and score because of it. With 12:57 to go in the third period Christopher Tanev took a slap shot at Tuuka Rask, at which Daniel Sedin took the rebound and put it directly in the back of the net. The remainder of the third period consisted of the Bruins not being able to get shots on net, and allowing Vancouver to take the puck back into their own zone. With Tuuka Rask pulled, Daniel Sedin notched himself an empty net goal with 23 seconds to go. That sent the Bruins faithful home disappointed once again.
When Bruins center Landon Ferraro was asked about the lack of puck management in the locker room after the game he stated, “Their forwards were moving it up the ice all night, we tried to get some sticks on them but we just couldn’t get it.” Jimmy Hayes was probably the lone star of the night for the Bruins, but he certainly wasn’t pleased with the way his team performed. “We came in here and tried to get two points, fought hard all night, but in the end we weren’t good enough.” That has been the story of the Boston Bruins season thus far. Good, but certainly not good enough. We shall see Saturday night when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden if they can make their home crowd happy.