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Bruins Win Fourth Straight, Beat Canucks 4-0

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The Boston Bruins have now won four straight games and three straight out of the break after beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Tuesday at TD Garden. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the Bruins were able to overcome a 38-save performance by Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist and Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Karson Kuhlman all lit the lamp for the Bruins. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy played another solid game and finished with two assists.

If there was any question that the Bruins, like many teams, do, would come out flat in their first home game in two weeks, they buried those concerns in the first period as they out-shot the Canucks 13-6 in the opening frame. If not for Markstrom, the Bruins could’ve easily gone to their dressing room up 3-0 in the first intermission but thanks to Markstrom, the B’s only led by a goal. 

The Bruins finally solved the Swedish netminder when on a delayed Canucks penalty for too-many-men on the ice, Coyle scooped up the rebound of a McAvoy blast from the point and beat Markstrom with a little deke down low for a 1-0 Bruins lead 14:24 into the period. The goal was actually reviewed to see if the play was offsides as he took a feed from Anders Bjork entering the zone but the goal stood and Coyle had his tenth of the season. 

The Markstrom Show continued in the second period as the Bruins out-shot the Canucks 17-9 but once again could only come away with one goal. The Canucks netminder came up huge on a 5-on-3 for the Bruins in the first seven minutes of the middle frame, stopping all four powerplay shots by the Bruins. Then, with his team on the powerplay just over a minute after the Canucks killed off the 5-on-3, Markstrom had to come up huge again when he stoned Bruins winger Chris Wagner on a shorthanded breakaway bid. 

Rask didn’t see nearly as much rubber but he had to face a breakaway bid as well when Canucks forward Bo Horvat broke in alone 12:10 into the period. Rask, as he has since returning from a concussion last Friday, stood his ground and turned away Horvat’s shot to preserve the Bruins’ one-goal lead. 

The Bruins finally got another past Markstrom at 15:35 Marchand got his 23rd lamplighter of the season. Marchand banged home the rebound of a Patrice Bergeron shot and the Bruins were able to take a 2-0 lead. McAvoy had the secondary assist.

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The Bruins came out flying again in the third period, but Markstrom continued to do everything he could to give his team a chance to come back and win. Markstrom made probably his best save of the night when he robbed Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk with a glove save 5:21 into the final frame.

Just as they did in the first two periods though, the Bruins finally beat Markstrom again in the final six minutes of the period when, while on a 4-on-4, Krejci took a feed from Kuraly in front and made it 3-0 with his 13th goal of the season. Brandon Carlo had the secondary assist.

The Bruins found themselves on another 5-on-3 late in the game thanks to Jay Beagle barreling over Rask at 15:11 and getting called for goalie interference, as well as a ten-minute misconduct, and Tyler Myers getting called for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass at 16:22. This time the Bruins made the Canucks pay as Karson Kuhlman scored his first goal of the season at 18:10 to make it 4-0. Coyle and Matt Grzelcyk got the helpers.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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