BOSTON -- Here are Joe Haggerty's in-game thoughts during the Bruins' 3-1 win over the Canucks at TD Garden on Tuesday night:
1) Vancouver is working hard and playing a very high-effort, Tortorella-type game, but there is zero push offensively from this team despite outshooting the Bruins by a 9-5 margin. Everything is from the outside perimeter, and very easy for Tuukka Rask to see and stop.
2) Great play by Milan Lucic on the first goal as he starts a fast0-break transition with a quick pass in the D-zone, and then fills the lane as the third man trailer while burying a top shelf stick-side wrist shot for the game’s only goal. Lucic really has been a great player for the B’s throughout this season.
3) 600th career assist for Jarome Iginla on the goal. Nice round number for a player who's got plenty of them.
4) Some strange plays from the Bruins defense corps in the first period as guys like Dougie Hamilton and Kevan Miller were throwing the puck around, and turning it over to the Canucks. They’ll need to tighten that up as there should be even more fight from Vancouver in the next couple of periods. Boston had four giveaways in the first period, the Canucks had just one.
5) Only one penalty, on Jason Garrison for tripping Daniel Paille. Both teams on their best behavior in the first period aside from a Johnny Boychuk/Ryan Kesler brouhaha at the end of the first period that was more pushing and shoving than anything else. Where’s the hate?
1) Bruins are all over the Canucks in this game. They have a 3-1 lead, had a Brad Marchand goal disallowed with Torey Krug interfering with Roberto Luongo and had Marchand hit a post with a backhanded shot.
2) Johnny Boychuk with a man-sized game tonight. Big hits all over the ice, dusting off after Kellan Lain really lined him up in the corner on what should have been a hybrid icing whistle and a home-run lead pass to Daniel Paille for the insurance goal on the breakaway. Plenty of action in his 13:46 on the ice. Boychuk has been beating David Booth like a rented mule all over the ice in this one, and finished off the second period by hammering him on a 50/50 puck battle.
3) Roberto Luongo with three goals allowed on 19 shots, and a complete undressing of his five-hole by a fourth-line left winger (Paille) on the breakaway. The chants and catcalls have been getting louder for Bobby Lou, and Boston just isn’t a good place for him.
4) Three shots on net and a plus-2 for Matt Bartkowski in 14:43 of ice time as he’s playing an extremely solid game at both ends. He just keeps getting better and better for the Black and Gold.
5) Ryan Kesler acting like a sneaky cheap shot artist on the ice, and is a minus-2 with a 4-for-12 performance in the face-off circle. Not exactly an impressive performance with John Tortorella calling for his best players to start stepping up and carrying the team. He’s put a couple of hits on Boychuk that have been borderline punk moves in the first two periods.