Saturday night did not go as planned for the B's in Vancouver, as they were on the wrong side of a 6-2 beatdown at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks at the Rogers Arena.
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In their first game back to Vancouver since winning the Cup there in June 2011, the Bruins flamed out in their attempt to keep their four game winning streak alive, and instead found themselves down 3-1 after two periods, and 5-1 just a few minutes into the third.
It wasn't the Bruins night from almost the drop of the puck, with Janik Hansen opened the scoring, and if this goal gave any indication about how the night was gonna be for the B's...
After a face-off win in their zone, Hansen skated the puck to the neutral zone and let loose on a shot/clearing attempt. The puck, heading straight for the B on Tuukka Rasks' chest, screwballed and dipped about three feet in the blink of an eye and went through the wickets.
Reilly Smith got the B's back into the game with his 8th of the year 4:11 into the second. Smith, who's undoubtedly been the Bruins' biggest/best surprise of the season, continued his great play by tying the game on a backhanded shot that beat Bobby Luongo.
But after John Tortorella used his timeout and rah-ipped into his team, the Canucks were all ears, scoring just a minute later, when David Booth beat Rask with a shot across his body. Torey Krug was late getting over to block off the lane, giving Booth the time and space to get the shot off.
The rest of the period (and the night) did not go so well for the B's, as they gave up another goal to Chris Higgins three minutes later,making it 3-1 after the end of two periods.
The third period was not pretty in any fashion of the word, and the B's gave up three more tallies, one each to Yannick Weber, Henrik Sedin on the powerplay, and Chris Tanev shorthanded.
After Weber's goal made it 4-1, Claude Julien pulled Rask, putting in backup Chad Johnson to finish off the last 18 minutes.
Vancouver can feel good all they want after this game, and you can't blame them; its their seventh win a row, and they look to be in their best form of the whole year. But on the side, their still recovering from the Stanley Cup Final three years ago, and judging by their weak "Boston Sucks" chants late in the third, the collective fanbase is still not over having the Cup wrestled away from them in the epic 7-gamer in 2011.
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Chalk this game up to a maelstrom, or the perfect storm, of bad luck and tired bodies for the B's. Already dealing with a ridiculous amount of injuries, battling the flu for the entire Canadian road trip, playing their 6th game in 10 nights in three different time zones, and falling behind 3-1 ....you can imagine there was some dead legs skating in Black and Gold.
The B's will fly home tomorrow, and have two days off to relax and recharge, and hopefully heal up and kick out the flu before taking on the Calgary Flames at home on Tuesday.
The lone bright spot on the night, Reilly Smith recorded his first career multi-goal game, putting home a puck in front of the net late in the third to make the score 6-2.
As many of you have probably seen already, Jarome Iginla twerked his finger in the first after a fight with Ryan Kessler, and the still-frame of the aftermath was not pretty. But Iginla is a hockey player, and a dislocated ring finger was not going to slow him down one bit. JI12 simply popped the thing back into place and missed only 15 minutes of game time. He started the second period.
As was said, the Bruins just simply looked gassed tonight. They dealt with the rash of injuries, the flu, and a long road trip as long as they could, but it looked like it all came to a head Saturday night.
The Canucks may have won the last two regular season games since these two teams went after it for the Cup, buuuuut let's all remember where the banner is.