The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 8: February 26, 2011. Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
Many “experts” predicted a Bruins and Canucks Stanley Cup Final, and this early preview certainly lived up to the hype. It was a battle of the NHL’s two best defensive teams. Behind a stellar Tim Thomas, the Bruins took down the Canucks 3-1.
Lucic who was honored by his hometown junior hockey team, the Vancouver Giants the night before, broke the tie with just 4:38 left in in the third when he knocked in a loose rebound giving the Bruins the 2-1 lead. Minutes later Patrice Bergeron would score on the empty net securing the victory for the B’s.
Lucic also assisted on Nathan Horton’s second period goal, and Bergeron’s empty net goal for a three-point-night.
The Bruins held star twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin to a combined two shots-on-goal.
For the majority of the game it was a Thomas vs. Luongo battle. Thomas had 27 saves, Luongo 22.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Horton, Lucic, Bergeron
Canucks Goal Scorers: Manny Malholtra
Bruins forward Milan Lucic finished the game a plus-3
Canucks defensemen Sami Salo finished the game minus-3
The win was the fifth in a row for the Bruins.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron lost 11 of 15 faceoffs