NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Boston
(Thursday, December 21st)
Final Score: Boston 2, Vancouver 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas recorded his first shutout of the season and second of his career, stopping 39 shots to lead the Boston Bruins over the Vancouver Canucks, 2-0, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Marc Savard notched two assists, while Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray tallied for the Bruins, winners in three of their last four games.
Dany Sabourin made 17 saves for the Canucks, who have dropped two in a row following a three-game winning streak.
Boston won despite being outshot 39-19, including 14-0 in the final period.
"I was so into it and I still felt the whole team was into it," Thomas said. "The whole team was giving their best effort and not trying not to let up. When the puck is in your end for that long, you get the feeling something bad is going to happen. I fought through that and I think everybody else did, too."
Thomas received all the help he would need early on, as the Bruins took a 2-0 lead after one period courtesy of two power-play scores.
Bergeron picked up his 11th of the season at 3:14, slipping by two Canuck defenders and slamming home a cross-ice pass from Marco Sturm from the left side. After Canuck forwards Jan Bulis and Trevor Linden picked up back-to-back minors at the 12 minute mark, Murray scored his 18th goal of the year with a laser blast on the 5-on-3 advantage only 20 seconds later.
Thomas kept Vancouver off the scoreboard in the second, as the Canucks stayed out of the penalty box, picked up the pace, and outshot Boston, 13-6. He also turned aside 14 shots in the final 20 minutes, as the Canucks held the Bruins without an official shot on goal.
When the Canucks pulled Sabourin for an extra attacker in a desperate attempt to close the two-goal gap late in regulation, the game took two bizarre turns.
First, on a botched line change with 30 seconds to go, as many as 12 Canuck players were on the ice, but no whistle stopped play because none of the offending skaters touched the puck.
Then, in the final seconds, Markus Naslund was denied a goal which would have pulled Vancouver within 2-1. His shot from the slot which beat Thomas through the pads was disallowed because Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara played the puck in his own zone seconds before with a broken stick, which eventually drew a penalty.
"I thought in the second and third periods, we played really well," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. "I thought we were all over them. We had some not just good chances but Grade-A chances and couldn't bury them. Five- on-five I really thought we dominated the game but you have to score some goals to win."
The Bruins have won five of the last seven games between the teams, including a 2-1 win on November 15, 2003, the last time both squads met in Boston...The B's hold a 39-7-7 mark all-time against the Canucks at home...Bruins defenseman Brad Stuart left the game in the second period after taking shot in the face, but returned in the third after receiving multiple stitches...Vancouver finished scoreless in six power-play chances, while Boston ended up 2-of-6.
12/21 23:21:35 ET