Talking Points: Canucks 4, Bruins 3

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Talking Points: Canucks 4, Bruins 3

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.

The Canucks scored all four of their goals on the power play, in a game that had the same intensity of last year's Stanley Cup Final.

Cory Schneider made 36 saves and picked up his ninth win of the season, while Tim Thomas made 32 saves and picked up his seventh loss of the season.

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.

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.