Quick Hits: Bruins respond with same lackluster effort, trail 3-1
Second period quick hits
– A strange opening first minute which saw Canucks forward Jannik Hansen racing for the puck deep down the B’s end as Tuukka Rask came out of the net. In no man’s land and having no play, Rask quickly tried scurrying back into the net with Hansen centering a pass over to Bo Horvat who rifled a shot off the glass. For the Bruins, much the first period was played with the same, frantic, out of position brand of hockey we’ve come accustomed to lately, as the Canucks dominated the first half of the second period.
– The second half of the second period opened up the same way for the Black and Gold. Sloppy neutral zone coverage by Boston resulted in a free entry into their zone, where Canucks forward Chris Higgins threaded a highlight-reel pass between his legs to a wide open Radim Vrbata who beat Rask blocker side, padding the Canucks lead to 3-1..
– With about 5:30 remaining in the second period, Reilly Smith broke in on the far wing all alone but fired the shot off the glass. The Bruins offense entered the game in shambles and now it’s shining bright on a nightly basis. After outshooting Vancouver 9-7 in the first period, Boston mustered only 4 shots-on-goal while allowing 12. There is no rhythm, there is no flow to their attack. You have to wonder how much longer General Manager Peter Chiarelli is going to let this continue.