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Final: Canucks 4, Bruins 3

Posted by Leonard Neslin  January 7, 2012 01:30 PM

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It wasn't pretty, but a sellout crowd of 17,565 saw the Bruins fall to the Canucks, 4-3, in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.

The Canucks converted on 4 of 11 power-play opportunities, while the Bruins failed in all seven tries. Rich Peverley, David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins.

More from the locker rooms coming up.

Third period

19:10, Canucks, 4-3: The Bruins pulled Tim Thomas from net to try and send this game into overtime with a 6-on-5 advantage.

12:40, Canucks, 4-3: Minimal fighting this period, as it seems both teams care more about what the scoreboard says than what each other is saying.

1:51, Canucks, 4-3: David Krejci answered Hodgson's goal 42 seconds later on a second-effort rebound goal.

1:09, Canucks, 4-2: Hodgson gave Vancouver a two-goal lead on a slap shot from the point off the pipe. That's two goals in an 81-second span for the Canucks.

Second period

The Bruins have spent more minutes in the box (53-46) and the Canucks are making them pay. The frequent man-advantage has allowed the Canucks to get more opportunities, too, as they lead in shots, 26-20.

Bruins left wings Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic won't play in the third period.

19:48, Canucks, 3-2: Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead on another power-play opportunity. Alexandre Edler slap-passed it to Sedin, who tipped it past Thomas. Sedin is now the NHL's leader in points (49).

15:21, 2-2: Canucks center Cody Hodgson beat Tim Thomas on a wrister from the point to even the score, again. Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was directly in Thomas's line of sight. Update: Alex Burrows deflected Hodgson's shot and was credited with the power-play goal. Hodgson picks up an assist instead.

7:12, Bruins, 2-1: Center Rich Peverley scooped up a loose puck and quickly shot it past Schneider from the point. Left wing Benoit Pouliot was credited with an assist.

2:55, 1-1: Fight 3: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen scuffled behind the Bruins' net. McQuaid (roughing), Hansen (high-sticking), and Canucks left wing Mason Raymond (high-sticking) were penalized.

0:23, 1-1: Henrik Sedin tripped up Daniel Paille, and Paille was awarded a penalty shot. Schneider kept the score even with a glove save on Paille's wrist shot.

First period

Twenty minutes of hockey, 18 penalties dished out by the referees. Unsurprisingly, it's a playoff atmosphere at TD Garden and tension levels are at the max. The opening frame took nearly one hour to unfold.

The Bruins have fought 29 times this season, twice in the first period, which is second to the Rangers, who the B's trailed by three points in the Eastern Conference heading into today's action.

14:57, 1-1: Marchand faked Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, then slipped it under his pads on a backhand to even the score. A fight between Maxim Lapierre and Gregory Campbell broke out minutes later.

5:41, Canucks, 1-0: Ryan Kesler put the Canucks up early on the power play following the fight, assisted by Sami Salo and Daniel Sedin.

3:54, 0-0: Not even five minutes into the game and 10 players' gloves are off. Nathan Horton and Dale Weise fought individually while the other eight brawled on the ice near the benches. Referees are discussing the potential penalties now.

Unsurprisingly, Marchand is in the starting lineup.

Pregame

Welcome to TD Garden. The Bruins and Canucks are about to square off in a Stanley Cup Final rematch that you'll only see once this regular season.

There is still plenty of season left on the schedule, but both teams have jumped to the top of their respective conferences after recent surges. The Bruins (26-10-1), winners of nine of their last 10, host the Canucks (25-13-3), who are 7-2-1 in their last 10.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault made a surprise move by going with Marblehead native Corey Schneider in net over Roberto Luongo, who had difficulties -- to say the least -- at TD Garden during the seven-game series. Bruins coach Claude Julien said the move is "their business."

"I think they choose to run their team the way they want, and as far as I know, I think they feel the same way we do about our goaltending tandem," Julien said.

Julien will go with Conn Smythe Trophy winner and this year's All-Star Game starter Tim Thomas, who shut out the Canucks in Vancouver in Game 7. But Julien trusts his backup, too.

"To be honest with you, I would have no issues with putting Tuukka Rask in net today with the way he's played," said Julien, referring to Rask's five-game winning streak and three shutouts in his last 11 starts.

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