Canucks and Bruins remain scoreless after 40 minutes
Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, who allowed 12 goals in just over five
periods in two games at Boston, has made 21 saves. Boston’s Tim Thomas has
turned away 18 shots.
Boston outshot Vancouver 12-6 in the first period. The discrepancy in shots
was mainly due to the Bruins having three power plays.
The Bruins got an early opportunity on the man advantage when Canucks forward
Raffi Torres tripped Gregory Campbell at center ice 1:39 after the game’s
Shortly after Torres finished serving his penalty, Bruins forward Chris Kelly
was joined by Brad Marchand on an odd-man rush but he rang a shot off the
Thomas then made an unbelievable blocker save on Vancouver’s Mason Raymond,
who had plenty of room on the short side.
An interference penalty taken by Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin in the
attacking zone put Boston back up a man, but they again couldn’t solve Luongo.
The Canucks then killed off a roughing penalty assessed to defenseman Andrew
Alberts. Luongo denied Patrice Bergeron twice from in tight after Thomas
turned away Manny Malhotra’s shorthanded bid from the right wing.
Vancouver’s parade to the penalty box continued early in the second period
with Ryan Kesler sent off for goalie interference.
The Canucks finally got their first power play one minute after the Kesler
minor expired. Chris Higgins had a step on Adam McQuaid, forcing the Boston
defenseman to take a restraining foul at 7:22.
A successful penalty kill sparked Boston, which had a flurry of activity in
the Vancouver zone, but Luongo kept it a 0-0 deadlock.
Moments later, Canucks forward Tanner Glass couldn’t pull the trigger at a
yawning cage, fanning on his shot from the bottom of the left circle.
The Canucks failed on another power play later in the frame.
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