Shots on Goal: Bruins Defeat Canucks, 6-3
The Boston Bruins got one of their key offensive players back from injury Thursday night. Patrice Bergeron returned after a two week absence, and his contribution was immediately felt. The All-Star netted a goal and three assists in the Bruins 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Anton Khudobin (26 saves) got the call for Boston with Tuukka Rask sidelined due to a concussion incurred during practice the day before. Zane McIntyre has been brought up from Providence to back up Khudobin.
After swapping early first period goals (Dereck Dorsett for Vancouver and Anders Bjork for Boston) the flood gates opened and the Bruins reeled off three unanswered scores.
Erik Gudbranson got tossed with a five minute major for boarding Frank Vatrano and it was on. David Pastrnak rushed end-to-end, weaving through the Canuck defense to beat Anders Nilsson blocker side to put Boston up 2-1. Twenty-three seconds later Bjork got his second of the night on a slap shot and David Krejci put the finishing touches on Nilsson’s night with his first goal of the season.
Jacob Markstrom replaced Nilsson, 13 saves on 17 shots at 10:40 of the first.
Brad Marchand extended Boston’s lead to 5-1, 10 minutes into second before Vancouver tried mounting a comeback with two goals to cut the lead to 5-3. Perennial Bruins killer Thomas Vanek had a tip-in goal at 16:06 followed by a Bo Horvat goal 34 seconds later.
With momentum swinging Vancouver’s way Khudobin stepped up with the save of the game 2:10 into the third. Screened by Sven Beartschi, “Doby” took a Ben Hutton drive from the left circle off the chest and promptly covered it up.
Bergeron closed out the scoring with a power-play goal to put the Bruins up, 6-3.
Jacob Markstrom, in relief of Nilsson, stopped 16 of 18 shots.