Canucks outduel Bruins 4-3

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Canucks outduel Bruins 4-3

BOSTON -- The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Bruins 4-3 on Saturday afternoon, thanks to Cody Hodgson's bomb from the top-right circle as he burst into the Bruins' zone 1:09 into the third period put the Canucks up 4-2.

David Krejci cut vancouver's lead down to 4-3 just 42 seconds later as he slid home a rebound out front, but it wouldn't be enough.

Vancouver entered the third period with a 3-2 lead, after scoring two unanswered goals to end the second.

Boston broke a 1-1 stalemate 7:12 into the second, thanks to Rich Peverley's snipe from the left circle, when he picked up a loose puck on a Vancouver turnover, and let one rip top-left. The goal gave the B's a 2-1 lead, but the Canucks tied it back up at 2-2 with 4:39 left in the period.

While on the power play, Alex Burrows stood out front and tipped a Cody Hodgson shot from the left circle, that beat Thomas five-hole.

Vancouver added another with 12.3 seconds left in the second period, moments after Brad Marchand received a game misconduct for a low hit. Henrik Sedin stood in the slot and re-directed an Alex Edler shot from the right point that beat Thomas and gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead entering the third period.

It marked Vancouver's second lead of the game, as they initially had taken a 1-0 lead nearly six minutes into the game, as Ryan Kesler scored on a wrester from the left circle while on a 5-on-3 power play.

The two-man advantage came as a result of an absolute melee in front of the Canucks' bench. Milan Lucic was ejected from the game after the donnybrook, as he was ruled to have been the team's sixth man off the ice.

The league will rule, after the game, whether or not Lucic had made a legal or illegal line change. If it is deemed illegal, then Lucic could face a 10-game suspension.

The brawl started as Shawn Thornton appeared to be coming off the ice, but just before entering his own bench, he responded to something the Canucks were saying in front of theirs. Thornton skated over and every Canucks player on the ice went after Thornton, resulting in an all-out brawl.

Boston tied the game at 1-1 after Marchand finished a perfect cross-ice pass from Tyler Seguin, from the right point down to Marchand at the low-left circle. Marchand took the puck across the top of the crease, and slid it past Schneider.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”