Boston Bruins

  • On the second leg of a traveling back-to-back that began with Saturday’s comeback win over the Sabres, the Bruins decided to leave absolutely nothing to chance Sunday night against the Canucks, as they dominated Bruce Boudreau’s squad by a 5-2 final at TD Garden.

    The win also kept the B’s perfect on home ice in 2022-23, with a 9-0-0 record in Boston.

    The victory followed what’s become a familiar theme for the Bruins, too, as they got goals from five different scorers, and got strong support from Linus Ullmark when necessary.

    Knotted up at 1-1 when the Bruins’ Connor Clifton and Vancouver’s J.T. Miller traded goals less than two minutes apart from one another, the Bruins pushed themselves into a lead through 20 minutes of action when Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal for the third time in his last four outings.

    The goal, scored with 2:31 remaining in the opening frame, gave the Bruins a much-deserved lead following a period that saw Canucks netminder Thatcher Demko hammered for 17 shots on goal.

  • The second period told the story of a close game, with the sides matched in second-period shots (nine shots apiece), but the Canucks’ love for some straight-up dreadful penalties opened this game up for the Bruins.

    Playing some four-on-four hockey after Tyler Myers and David Krejci traded minors, an ill-timed line change for the Canucks opened the highway up for Hampus Lindholm, and Boston’s 6-foot-4 Norris-caliber defenseman took it, and the puck, and fed a sweet dish to Pavel Zacha for an absolute bomb of a shot for No. 18.

    And when Myers decided to put the puck into the stands for his second penalty of the period, Brad Marchand needed just 12 seconds to make him pay with yet another power-pay goal, and a 4-1 B’s edge through 40 minutes.

    The Canucks finally ended the Black and Gold’s run with a third-period power-play marker from Sheldon Dries at the 4:34 mark of the period, but the B’s lead in this contest was simply never in doubt. Especially when the Canucks failed to make the Bruins pay during some extended time in the B’s end late in the third period.

    On the board with his 11th victory in 12 decisions this season, Ullmark finished with 29 saves in the Boston crease for the victory, and had an absolutely huge save on Ilya Mikheyev in the second period of action.

  • Everything came up Bruins in this contest, really, as the Bruins weathered a late-game 6-on-4 push from the Canucks following a Pastrnak delay of game penalty and found an extra insurance dagger on an empty-net goal from fourth-line center Tomas Nosek.

    The goal put an end to a loooooooong drought by No. 92, with the goal standing as Nosek’s first since Jan. 2, and with Nosek admitting that the drought was weighing on him.

  • Nov 13, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) controls the puck against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ethan Bear (74) during the first period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 13, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) controls the puck against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ethan Bear (74) during the first period at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Sunday’s Bruins-Canucks tilt also began with some confusion for both sides, as the Bruins took to the ice for the pregame warmup in their Reverse Retro jerseys while the Canucks joined them in their road sweaters.

    Now, the problem with that? They’re both white.

    This was a definite screw-up on the part of the Bruins, too, as the team took the ice in full Reverse Retro attire (the white socks were the giveaway), meaning that this wasn’t going to be a ‘warmup and done’ night for those jerseys. Fortunately for the Bruins, with this being a home game, the Bruins were able to switch back to their standard home blacks for puck drop without any issues.

    On the ice, A.J. Greer made his return to the Boston lineup after sitting out the previous three as a healthy scratch. Greer welcomed himself back to the Black and Gold lineup with a beatdown of the Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin in the first period, and racked up four hits in 8:37 of time on ice.

    With Greer back in, Craig Smith sat as a healthy scratch.

    The Bruins will have a slight breather and return to work Thursday night at home against the Flyers.