There wasn’t anything flashy about the Bruins win over the Vancouver Canucks, and it’s not a regular season game that anybody is going to remember years from now. But the Bruins did do an impressive job of clamping the vice grips down on a Canucks offense that hasn’t been quite so effective under John Tortorella, and kept Vancouver’s skaters far away from the net in a 3-1 win at TD Garden. Aside from a shorthanded breakaway bid in the second period for Daniel Sedin, the quality scoring chances for the Canucks were few and far in between. That’s because the Bruins played a heavy, physical game while leaning on the skilled Vancouver players, and simply wouldn’t surrender the slot to the Canucks’ playmaking forces. “[Vancouver] came out to play, like we said they would. They’ve got a lot of injuries and everything else, but they competed like a team. Anytime you compete like that, you’re going to get a tough opponent,” said Claude Julien. “We knew that was going to be the case. I just liked the way we handled ourselves. The first period was a little bit of a tough period for us. “I thought our puck management, or how we moved the puck around, wasn’t great, a lot of passes into skates. So it wasn’t really sharp, but it got better in the second period and the third period. That made a big difference. Overall, I thought our guys stayed the course, and no matter what, nobody panicked. We just played a solid game against a pretty solid team tonight.” That kind of performance can be chalked up to a Bruins team that played quality defense in their own zone, and also received quality goaltending from Tuukka Rask. It really was a textbook dismantling of a Canucks squad in the second night of back-to-back games while battling out a five-game losing streak. The vast majority of Vancouver’s 28 shots came from far outside the slot area, and that’s exactly what Boston wants.
Bruins defense 'shuts down' Canucks in big win
NBC Sports Boston | Feb 5