Bruins Pull Away Late From Struggling Canucks


The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 3-2 thanks to Linus Ullmark and Brad Marchand. The victory counted as the Bruins’ fifth in their last seven contests.

Tanner Pearson opened up the scoring early, scoring his third goal and first power play point of the season. Pearson’s goal, scored 3:33 into the period, came from a rebound that bounced off Ullmark’s pad and slipped past the goalie.

Anton Blidh scored one of the two five-on-five goals of the game shortly after Pearson. Blidh ripped a wrist shot that beat former Bruin Jaroslav Halak to tie it at 1’s with 14 minutes left. Blidh deked past Luke Schenn and Brock Boeser manning the blue line to score his third career NHL goal.

The Canucks appeared to have scored a second power play goal late in the period, but the Bruins challenged the score. Conor Garland fired a slap shot into the net and celebrated with his teammates with almost two minutes left. It turned out that Nils Hoglander went offsides before the goal, so the goal was overturned.

The second period garnered the highest combined shot total with 30 total shots, though only one shot went in.

Tomas Nosek looked to have scored less than a minute into the period. After further review, the replay showed that Nosek kicked the puck into the net and that goal was ruled null and void.

Garland made up for his goal being called back by scoring the only goal in the second period. The last even strength goal of the game came as Garland took away the puck from Jakub Zboril and fired it through a screened Ullmark.

The Bruins didn’t take trailing to the lowly Canucks very well and made a statement in the third period. In the third, the boys in black and gold outshot their opponent 18-11 and came back to win the game.

On their second power play opportunity of the game, the Bruins capitalized. Marchand picked up the puck which slipped behind six skaters to score his third power play goal and 10th power play point of the year.

Later in the period, Marchand fed a one-time pass to David Pastrnak. The Pastrnak goal added Marchand his 15th helper of the year and Patrice Bergeron his 10th.

Ullmark had his best performance since his debut against the Buffalo Sabres, his former team. Conveniently, he might be playing with some of these Canucks players soon as well. Ullmark may make the Sweden national team along with the Canucks’ Hoglander, Elias Pettersson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Ullmark saved a season-high 36 shots and only let in two goals. In posting a .947 save percentage, he boosted his seasonal average to .914%, 2.87 GAA and 5-3-0 record.

The 36-year-old Halak, though he had a good game, hasn’t been having a great season. On Sunday, he also stopped his most shots this year, 39, but his defense wasn’t doing him many favors. His .929 save percentage tied for his highest this season. However, he couldn’t secure a win in either of those games. His season totals currently sit at .910 save percentage, 2.79 GAA and a winless 0-4-1 record.

The Bruins will hope to continue their hot streak Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins and Red Wings are separated by one point and the winner could be in an early-season wild card spot. Current wild card standings are:

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-7-0) – 24 pts; Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-4) – 24 pts; Detroit Red Wings (10-9-3) – 23 pts; Boston Bruins (11-7-0) – 22 pts

Puck drop will take place on 7 p.m. EST Garden.

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