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The highly anticipated Stanley Cup rematch was everything we thought it would be as (arguably) the two best teams in the NHL faced off for the only time this season. The Canucks went to work on the power play today scoring all four goals on the man advantage and Boston lost a close one 4-3.
Two game misconducts really came back to hurt the Bruins. Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand both were kicked out of todays game giving the Canucks chances to put the game away.
The Bruins played well while even strength play was going on but failed on the power play going 0-7. Brad Marchand made his return to the Bruins line up today and his return was felt by the Canucks early. Tyler Seguin set up Marchand on a cross ice pass after Marchand fought for position and went in on goal. The goal came at 14:57 of the first and tied the game at 1-1. Seguin looked like one of the best Bruins in the first period. His speed was really creating problems for the Canucks leading to shots and puck possession.
Rich Peverly beat Cory Schneider on a wrist shot at 7:12 of the second. The Canucks looked like they were expecting the previous dump in to be called icing. Boston set up camp in the Vancouver zone for a few shifts and had chances that nearly produced.
David Krejci scored a four-on-four goal at 1:51 of the first cutting the Canuck lead in half. The Bruins seemed to play better even strength.
Tyler Seguin looked to be one of the best Bruin skaters all game and it really showed in the third period. Seguin has great vision and nearly set up a few Boston goals in the third. Seguin seems to play better in these nasty games.
Thomas played well but couldn’t stop the game’s best power play. Vancouver went 4-11 on the power play; four goals on the man advantage is the most Boston has given up all season.
The Canucks had the benefit of a power play goal in a penalty-filled first period. Ryan Kesler put one past Tim Thomas at 5:41 on a great bounce of a blocked shot. The Bruins have been avoiding those kind of bad bounces for the most part over this streak of great hockey. Thomas played well making nine saves on ten shots in the first.
The Canucks added another power play goal in the second from Alex Burrows at 15:21. The Canucks own the best power play in the NHL and the Bruins gave them too many chances. Henrick Sedin added another power play goal at 19:47 of the second giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead after two periods.
The Canucks started the third still with more than half of a five minute major penalty power play advantage. Cody Hodgson beat Thomas with a slap shot at 1:09 of the third.
Tim Thomas made the save of the game on Mason Raymond with under five minutes left in the game down a goal. Raymond had a clear break but Thomas gave him nothing to shoot at.
This regular season game had the same feel as last seasons cup final with scrums, heavy hitting , and even some Canuck players dropped the gloves with the Bruins. Milan Lucic receieved a game misconduct five minutes into then game when Shawn Thornton was jumped in front of the Canuck bench. Nathan Horton fought Dale Weise and Greg Campbell fought Maxim Lapierre in the first period. Thornton tried to go with Weise in the second but Weise backed away sending both playes to the box for two minutes.