Bruins Daily will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins games of the 2011-2012 season.
Today, we take a look at No. 4: January 7, 2012 Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins
It was one of the most anticipated games in recent Bruins regular season history as the Vancouver Canucks invaded the Boston Garden for a matinee tilt with the Bruins. This was the first time since the two teams met in Game seven of the Stanley Cup that these two new rivals squared off against each other.
We all know how that ended. (Get the duck boats ready! Get the duck boats ready!)
Although the Bruins did not win this game, it was more of a statement game for both teams. The Bruins wanted to continue their toughness and grittiness and the Canucks wanted to prove to the black and gold that they would not back down at any time.
The Canucks did something they could not do in the Stanley Cup finals-win a game in the confines of the TD Garden. The final score was 4-3. All four goals scored by the Canucks were on the power-play.
Ryan Kesler lit the lamp early to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead, but Stanley Cup hero Bard Marchand evened up the score at one heading into the first intermission. Rich Peverly put the Bruins ahead for the only time all afternoon at 2-1.
Biting villain Alex Burrows evened the score at two and the Canucks never looked back. Henrik Sedin and Cody Hodgson added one goal each while David Krejci added one for the Bruins, but the Canucks were too much for the B’s on this afternoon.
The game had a little of everything-fighting, scoring, complaining and “We want Luongo” chants. It will not be a game remembered for the Bruins loss, but for the first time these two teams met since the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in nearly 40 years.
Canucks Goal Scorers: Ryan Kesler, Alex Borrows, Henrik Sedin, Cody Hodgson
Bruins Goal Scorers: Brad Marchand, Rich Peverly, David Krejci
Game Notes: First time these two teams have met since the Bruins defeated them in game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Canucks were 20-0 when leading after two periods and this game was no different. The Canucks took the first seven shots on net.