NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Boston
(Saturday, February 6th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Pavol Demitra scored with 4:42 left in regulation to tie the game, then registered the lone goal of the shootout, as the Vancouver Canucks handed the Boston Bruins their 10th straight loss following a 3-2 win at TD Garden.
Mason Raymond also tallied, while Roberto Luongo made 41 saves for the Canucks, who were able to regroup after suffering losses to Montreal and Ottawa this week. The Canucks have won eight of their last 10 overall, improving to 2-2-0 on an NHL-record 14-game road trip that overlaps the upcoming Winter Olympic break.
"I think we played a little bit better in the third but they (Bruins) still had some unbelievable chances," Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said. "They just met a hot goaltender tonight and we had the same situation in Montreal so I know how that can feel."
Zdeno Chara and Michael Ryder scored for Boston, which is a brutal 1-9-4 since posting a 4-1 win at Ottawa on January 5. The skid is the Bruins' longest since a franchise-record 11-game slide from December 3, 1924-January 5, 1925. Tuukka Rask turned aside 29-of-31 shots.
After a scoreless overtime, Demitra skated in and beat Rask with a backhander to the glove side to start the shootout. The next two shooters were unable to light the lamp and it came down to Patrice Bergeron to keep the game alive for the Bruins, but Luongo poke checked the puck away and the Canucks prevailed.
Boston struck for a pair of power play goals to take the early advantage in the opening 20 minutes. First, it was Chara pinching in from his point position and beating Luongo from in close 1:56 into the contest. Then Ryder tipped in Marc Savard's shot from the middle slot at 14:20 to put the Bruins ahead by a 2-0 margin.
Vancouver capitalized on a Bruins miscue at 8:51 of the middle stanza to get on the board. After Boston failed to clear the puck out of its own end, Raymond gathered it from behind the net, pulled out front from the right side and beat Rask to the stick side.
Both goaltenders came up big in the third period with the Bruins still in front by a 2-1 score until Demitra tied things. After another failed Boston clearing attempted, Demitra snapped a shot from just inside the blueline that surprised Rask with 4:42 to play in the third.
The Bruins outshot Vancouver 7-1 in overtime, but were unable to get the game- winner and the contest went to the shootout.
The Canucks won for the first time in Boston since March 3, 2003...Boston finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Canucks were 0-for-5...Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was hit in the face with a shot during the first period and did not return.
02/06 18:04:31 ET