Looking to avoid a repeat of their meeting earlier this season, the Boston Bruins took care of business against a battered Vancouver Canucks team last night at TD Garden, earning a 3-1 victory with goals from Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Daniel Paille. Tuukka Rask had a strong effort in goal stopping 27 of 28 shots he faced, and the Bruins now sit just five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.
Lots of Bruins news from yesterday and today, so here’s the round-up:
- Yes, We Know Who You Are - probably the biggest news of the past 24 hours was a video that surfaced yesterday of Milan Lucic in an altercation outside of a Vancouver night club after the Canucks lit up the B’s 6-2 on Saturday night. If you missed it, here it is:
Lucic claims he was assaulted twice (or wait! three times?) by some drunk guy at the bar, completely unprovoked. He was pretty disgusted by the whole thing, saying he’s looking into legal action and adding “other than being in Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.” Looch has had quite the experience with the city he grew up in, already having had his grandparents harassed in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 and then having his hometown church vandalized in 2012 with ‘Go Canucks Go’ as well.
It’s quite the interesting situation. Looch sounds a bit inebria…wait, just kidding, “Milan Lucic is BEYOND good right now.” Have to give the 25 year old at least some credit for not flying completely off the handle, though it was pretty close to getting there. His opponent may also want to send a nice ‘thank you’ card and a few brewksis to the silver haired gentleman who broke things up at the start of the video, since there was some shadow boxing going on that I’m sure would not have ended well. If it happened the way he said it did then it is just an unfortunate situation, but you never know with things like this. Either way, hopefully a lesson learned for Lucic after the whole Seguin Saga.
The Bruins managed to knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs with a convincing 5-2 win last night despite a number of new faces in the lineup, with a three goal explosion in the second period that included two power play tallies. Chad Johnson improved his record in goal to 5-1-0, yet again proving that the B’s can rely on him as a capable back-up behind Tuukka Rask.
Also, surprise! More injuries and stuff.
Well, it’s about that time of year again, nothing like ringing in the holidays with some good ol’ fashioned hate. We sit well past the quarter mark of the 2013-14 NHL season, but Thursday night will be the first meeting so far this year between the Bruins and their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. Read on for the preview.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, December 5th – 7:30pm – Bell Centre, Montreal
TV: NESN, RDS Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
After suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins vowed to improve their effort and get back to the consistent and hard working game that has earned them the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Back to back games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets provided the opportunity to do just that, and it was clear the black and gold meant business as they scored twice in the third period to down the Rangers on Friday afternoon before putting forth a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over Columbus last night. The twin victories closed out an eight games in fourteen days stretch that saw the Bruins go 6-1-1 to further secure their place atop the standings.