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The Boston Bruins traveled to Milan Lucic’s hometown of Vancouver for a Saturday night matchup against the NHL-leading Canucks. In front of his friends and family, Lucic scored the game-winning goal and had two assists in the 3-1 victory.
“It was awesome,” Lucic told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “It was definitely the perfect ending to a perfect couple of days here. It’s like a dream come true.”
The win put the Bruins at 4-0-0 on their six-game road trip and proved they can contend with the best teams in the NHL when their hearts are in it.
Lucic’s goal came at 4 minutes, 38 seconds left of the third period after David Krejci brought the puck deep into the Bruins’ offensive zone. Krejci made a pass to Dennis Seidenberg, who took a shot from the point and Lucic was there for the rebound; he scored on Roberto Luongo (22 saves). It was Lucic’s 27th goal of the season.
“It was really nice to see [Lucic] get that goal and I wanted to make that hold up as the game winner so bad,” said Tim Thomas. “I m very happy to see him get the game-winner in his hometown and hopefully that’s a game he can look back on for a long time.”
Manny Malhotra tallied the first goal of the game – and the lone goal for the Canucks – at 16:58 in the first period. Malhotra got the puck in the corner and passed it out to the point to Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff took a shot and Malhotra was there to backhand the rebound passed Thomas (27 saves).
Nathan Horton tied up the game at 9:56 in the second with an assist from Lucic. Bergeron tallied the Bruins’ third goal of the game after the Canucks pulled Luongo late in the third period.
The Bruins may have won the game, but for the majority of the matchup Boston played down a defenseman after Andrew Ference left with a lower body injury after taking a hit in the first period.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t have an update on Ference after Saturday’s game.
The Bruins continue their road trip against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.