Lucic should help the PP/By S. Bradley

On the road in Vancouver against the No. 1 team overall and at home in the NHL, the Bruins were outplayed in the first period and risked leaving the Shane Hnidy signing as the biggest Boston hockey story of the day.

Luckily, Milan Lucic and David Krejci made sure to knock “The Sheriff” from the headlines.

Lucic’s goal on a rebound with 4:38 remaining after an amazing rush into the attack zone by Krejci was the game-winner in Boston’s 3-1 win over the Canucks.

Boston has now won the first four games of their six-game road stretch.

Lucic’s score in just his second NHL game ever played in his hometown was the highlight of his three-point, plus-3 night. He also assisted on goals by Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron goals.

Here’s a look at the rest of the box score:

•Tim Thomas put in a quiet 27-save night to earn the victory.

•”Darth Quaider” Adam McQuaid blocked six shots to lead the Bruins’ 23-block evening. McQuaid also threw five hits.

•The Canucks lost in regulation for just the second time in a game they scored first.

•Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference suffered a lower-body injury and did not play after the first period.