The 24-17-5 Bruins snapped a 3 game win streak on Thursday night, falling to the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 at the TD Garden. The Bruins are now 10-12-2 at home this season, their worst record at home in the Julien era 46 games into the season.
Tuukka Rask made 23 saves, but it wasn’t enough Thursday night to hold of Daniel Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks.
“It’s frustrating but I think more frustrating is the way we kind of played today,” Rask said. “We went back to how we used to play early on in the season, but yeah, I guess [we’ll] go to work tomorrow and try to figure it out – get the battle level and heads in the game.”
Daniel Sedin tallied two goals, passing Markus Naslund in all-time goals as a Canuck, with 347. Sedin would later at an empty net goal, his 20th and 21st of the season.
“Jannik [Hansen] made a great play to Tans [Christopher Tanev], and he took a shot, the rebound was right there, and I think that it was like most of my goals, two feet away. It was perfect.” Sedin told reporters after the game “It’s more about the two points I think. I mean, look at the standings every day and I mean, you try to stay away from it, but every point is huge. To come in after the way we’ve played lately, we came in and had a pretty good game I thought. Kept their shots down, and we had a few chances of ours too, so it was good.”
Boston got their offense from Jimmy Hayes, who added his 11th of the season with :52 seconds remaining in the second period, and from Brad Marchand, who received a gift from Patrice Bergeron, and unleashed a wrister to beat Markstrom to tie the games at 2.
The Bruins failed to take advantage of two points and make a jump in the standing on Thursday night, but there were definitely some positives to take out of the loss.
Boston outshot Vancouver 11-4 the first period and 30 to 26 throughout the entire game. The team is showing signs of good hockey, they just can’t keep it together for a full 60 minutes.
“I thought we did have some pretty good momentum coming in here, we won a few big games, especially after climbing our way back in to tie it up a couple times.” Brad Marchand told reporters after the game. “I thought – it’s frustrating that we allowed this one to slip away, but we have three games left here before the break so we have to make sure that we have a few big games to finish it off and go into that playing good hockey.”
David Krejci returned to the lineup after missing the previous 10 games. Krejci added one shot, with 18:44 TOI over the coarse of 20 shifts. Krejci’s FO% was down about 20% at 41.18%, from his usual 60-65%.
“A little rusty but other than that not too bad.” Krejci said following Thursday night’s loss. “Obviously you have some shifts when you come back that you kind of lose track of you know that timing and sometimes I kind of extended it so I have to work on that but other than that it wasn’t too bad.”
The Bruins return to the ice Saturday, where they will welcome the 17-27-4 Columbus Blue Jackets to the TD Garden. You can catch that game on ESPN New Hampshire 900 AM and 1250 AM, coverage beginning with the Bruins pregame show at 6:00.