Talking Points: Canucks 6, Bruins 2

Talking Points: Canucks 6, Bruins 2
December 15, 2013, 1:30 am
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Henrik Sedin's shot gets by Tuukka Rask in Vancouver's 6-2 win over the Bruins.

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GOLD STAR: The Bruins did a good job of keeping the Sedin Twins under wraps when things really mattered, but the Mike Santorelli/Chris Higgins/Ryan Kesler did major damage against Boston. The B’s defensemen pairing of Dennis Seidenberg and Torey Krug had trouble keeping them away from the net, and Santorelli finished with seven generated shot attempts, two assists, a plus-2 and 17:15 of ice time. Santorelli has been a nice story for the Canucks after toiling away for the Florida Panthers over the last few years.
 
BLACK EYE: Torey Krug had one of his most forgettable nights as a member of the Bruins, and finished with a game-worst minus-3 rating. He was manhandled by Ryan Kesler in front of the Boston net on the Chris Higgins goal, and got completely turned around while mistakenly trying to cover a 2-on-1 on David Booth’s rush that won the momentum back for Vancouver in the second period. Krug had plenty of offensive involved without scoring any points, but he needs to be better in his own end in those times when Boston’s opponents are on the attack.
 
TURNING POINT: The Canucks had allowed the game-tying goal in the second period on a Dan Hamhuis turnover that Reilly Smith converted into a goal, and John Tortorella promptly called a timeout to light into his Vancouver players with mouth-frothing fervor. They responded almost immediately with the David Booth goal on a nice rush up the left wing, and the Canucks outscored the Bruins 5-1 following the timeout. It was a bold move for Tortorella to call the timeout with the two teams tied at 1-1 in the second period, but it absolutely worked for Torts and Co.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Reilly Smith was a question mark for the game after missing morning skate in Vancouver with the same stomach flu that felled most of his team, but he was the unquestioned star for the Black and Gold. He scored both of Boston’s goals, generated seven shot attempts and created at least three or four scoring chances with gritty, determined drives directly to the Vancouver net. Smith has four goals and six points in the last five games, and has been dynamite while skating with Patrice Bergeron and Matt Fraser over the last couple weeks.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of times Brad Marchand pantomimed either kissing his Stanley Cup ring or kissing the Stanley Cup while trailing the Canucks during the game. The “Kissing the Cup” motion happened right in front of the Vancouver bench while losing 4-1 to the Canucks, and really wasn’t a good look at all. Claude Julien didn’t sound thrilled about any of it following the game.
 
QUOTE TO NOTE:  “Obviously, no class.” –Ryan Kesler talking about Brad Marchand, who made motions like he was kissing his Stanley Cup ring and kissing an imaginary Stanley Cup over his head during the game.