Boston Bruins

The Bruins’ five-game road trip got off to a rough start on Saturday night, as the Vancouver Canucks blew them away with a four-goal first period en route to a 6-1 victory.

Vancouver chased Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask from the game with four goals on just eight shots in the first frame. Tallies by Loui Eriksson, Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat, and Sven Baertschi all involved either team-wide defensive breakdowns or odd-man rushes, and Rask wasn’t there to bail them out on those chances. The same problems that have been creeping into the Bruins’ game lately really bit them on Saturday.

Anton Khudobin didn’t fare much better than Rask in relief, allowing two goals on 15 more Canucks shots. The Bruins made a valiant effort to get back into the game with 45 shots overall to just 24 for Vancouver, but they couldn’t finish most of their opportunities. Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson made an impressive 44 saves to keep the blowout intact.

Tim Schaller scored the lone goal for the Bruins in the third period:

The Bruins head to Calgary next for a Monday afternoon matchup with the Flames. That airs at 4:00 p.m. EST on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pre-game coverage starting at 3:30.