It’s a game that Bruins forward Milan Lucic looks back at fondly and general manager Peter Chiarelli today called “one of the best games that we’ve played throughout the year.”
In the only regular-season game between the Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, the Bruins won a big game as part of their season-best seven-game winning streak.
Here’s a capsule look back at that game with the Stanley Cup Final between the two teams just a few days away.
Saturday, Feb. 26
at Rogers Arena
Bruins 3, Vancouver 1
The Bruins had won three in a row, including a hard-fought victory at Calgary a couple nights before, when they hit the ice against the Canucks. Vancouver was stuck in a win-one-lose-one rut for about a week. Late in the first period, Manny Maholtra scored the game’s first goal on a backhand shot while falling down.
But that’s when Lucic, the Vancouver native, took over. He set up Nathan Horton’s game-tying goal 9:56 into the second with a pass to the front from behind the net. Then he scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 remaining in the third on a rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg shot from the high slot after David Krejci rushed end to end and circled the net to set up Seidenberg. Lucic flipped the shot just under the bar.
To complete the night, Lucic set up Patrice Bergeron’s empty-net goal.
Tim Thomas made 27 saves on 28 shots, while Roberto Luongo stopped 22 of 24 for the Canucks. The Bruins played most of the night without defenseman Andrew Ference, who was hurt on a hit by forward Victor Oreskovich.