Final: Vancouver 6, Boston 2
Recap: The Bruins headed into the second period trailing 1-0, thanks to an oh-god-he-scored-that-from-center-ice goal off the stick of slumping winger Jannik Hansen. Things looked hopeful when Reilly Smith knotted things up, putting a backhander past Roberto Luongo on the short side, but it was all downhill from there.
The Canucks promptly scored five unanswered goals to take a 6-1 lead. Their fourth tally chased Tuukka Rask.
Reilly Smith made it a 6-2 game in the waning minutes, providing a writer like myself with someone they could point to and say, "Well, at least that guy showed up!"
Records: Vancouver 20-10-5, 45 points; Boston 22-9-2, 46 points
Key Play of the Game: John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) called timeout after Smith's goal made it 1-1. The Canucks awoke. The Bruins went to sleep.
Connolly's Commendations: Well, I suppose I already gave this one away. I'll just save some time and slap a relevant tweet about Smith in this spot:
Might as well also mention that Johnny Boychuk was plus-2. That's legendary, given how this game went.
Connolly's Critiques: Pretty tough night for every Bruin not named Reilly Smith. Torey Krug was on the ice for each of Vancouver's first three goals, prompting Julien to split Nos. 47 and 44 (Dennis Seidenberg) up.
Aside from Jarome Iginla's bout, in which the ring finger on his left hand was mangled, the first line seemed pretty disinterested throughout tonight's tilt.
They weren't the only ones that were missing in action. The fourth line got extra ice time in the blowout, but the Johnson-Campbell-Caron trio was quiet. The only play I can recall tird-liner Carl Soderberg being involved in was when he was called for gloving the puck out of midair midway through the contest.
Notes: Brad Marchand got plenty of attention on Twitter when he was caught pretending to kiss his championship ring, then later acting as if he was lifting and kissing the Stanley Cup in an all-too-rare, top-notch trolling of the Canucks by the winger. Unfortunately, Claude Julien basically said the Marchand's actions were not something the organization would accept. ... With the B's loss and a Penguins win, Pittsburgh retook the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Final Thoughts: It's tough writing about games against the Flames, Oilers and other basement-dwelling opponents. It's even tougher recapping a 6-2 loss that started at 10pm back on the East Coast. The Bruins' three-game journey through the Pacific Division is mercifully over. They ended it on a sour note, but with an overall record of 3-1 on their road swing -- which began with a 5-2 victory in Toronto --the trip certainly be classified as a success.
Next: The B's will travel home to Boston and prepare for a battle with the Flames (again?!) on Tuesday night.