Iginla, Lucic lead Bruins to 3-1 win over Canucks
- Article by: DOUG ALDEN
- Associated Press
- February 4, 2014 - 9:15 PM
BOSTON — Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic each had a goal and an assist for the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 win Tuesday night over the slumping Vancouver Canucks, who lost their fifth straight.
Daniel Paille also scored for Boston and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves against the road-weary Canucks, who were coming off 2-0 loss in Detroit the night before.
Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk added assists as Boston won for the sixth time in seven games.
Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots for Vancouver, which played its second game since coach John Tortorella came back from a 15-day suspension. His return hasn't halted Vancouver's slide — the Canucks lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Raphael Diaz pulled Vancouver to 2-1 in the second period, one day after coming over from Montreal in a trade.
The Canucks kept it close until Paille scored on a breakaway late in the second period, then Boston controlled the final 20 minutes.
Vancouver had won the last two meetings since the Bruins beat the Canucks in seven games in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.
Boston appeared to take a 3-1 lead just 2:21 after Diaz scored, but Brad Marchand's goal was waved off after officials ruled Boston's Torey Krug interfered with Luongo. The goalie immediately protested and gave Krug a shove, which led to a crowd in front of the net but nothing further.
Luongo had no argument after the next goal. Paille took a long pass from Boychuk at the blue line for a breakaway and beat Luongo on a backhand with 2:54 left in the period.
Rask stopped a pair of short-handed chances during Boston's first power play, then another Vancouver opportunity in the second that led to the Bruins' second goal. Chara slipped a crossing pass to Iginla for a one-timer past Luongo on the glove side with 12:01 left in the second. Lucic also got an assist on the play.
Lucic gave Boston a 1-0 lead 5:12 into the game with his 16th goal of the season.
NOTES: Iginla's assist on Lucic's goal in the first period was the 600th of his career. ... Diaz made his Vancouver debut after he was obtained from Montreal for forward Dale Weise on Monday. ... The Bruins improved to 27-3-0 when leading by two or more goals this season. ... Chara played his final game for the Bruins before leaving for Russia to carry Slovakia's flag during the opening ceremony at the Olympics on Friday.
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