Get a 2 goal lead early, out-shoot your opponent by a large margin, blow the lead, go to the shootout, lose, rinse, and repeat.
It was that same old story for the Bruins today as they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden to extend their losing streak to 10 games.
Tanner Glass was sent off for cross-checking 38 seconds into the game to give the Bruins an early power play opportunity. The B's were able to move the puck well on the man-advantage and it paid off with a goal from Zdeno Chara 1:56 into the game. Marc Savard sent a pass down low to Marco Strum on the goal line on the right wing, before threading a pass to Chara who was driving to the net on the off-wing. The goal was Chara's 5th of the season.
The Bruins made it 2-0 with another power play goal at 14:20 of the first period. Rumored trade-bait Michael Ryder stationed himself in front of the Vancouver goal and re-directed Marc Savard's shot from the high slot past Roberto Luongo for his 13th goal of the season.
Mason Raymond got the Canucks on the board with 11:10 left in the second period after Milan Lucic tried to bail the defensemen out after a miscue and he lost an edge while throwing a hit in the corner, allowing Raymond a free path to the front of the net.
Pavol Demitra tied it up for the Canucks with 4:42 left in regulation on a broken play. Milan Lucic couldn't control a bouncing puck in his skates after Tanner Glass' stick broke on a shot attempt. Glass regained possession of the puck and fired a shot from the slot that was tipped in by Pavol Demitra.
Boston's 1st Shooter: Wheeler tried to tuck the puck past Luongo, but it was stopped with the left pad.
Vancouver's 1st Shooter: Pavol Demitra's backhander beats Tuukka Rask. 1-0 Canucks
Boston's 2nd Shooter: David Krejci's attempt was stopped by Luongo (He tapped the rebound in, but rebounds don't count)
Vancouver's 2nd Shooter: Kyle Wellwood rang one off the post after Rask got a piece of it.
Boston's 3rd Shooter: Bergeron tried a hard cut-back move, but Luongo pokes the puck away. Canucks Win
- Johnny Boychuk left the game in the first period after being struck in the head with a puck. He skated off the ice with the help of the training staff and was transported to an area hospital. There is no word on his condition at this time. He will not be making the trip with the team to Montreal.
- Shawn Thornton lives by "the code". Thornton had Darcy Hordichuk in a very vulnerable position during their first period fight and Thornton literally held him up and waited for the linesman to step in.
- Roberto Luongo made 41 saves and played a great game, but I think everyone is tired of hearing that the Bruins "ran into a hot goaltender". The Bruins need to stop making excuses and find a way to put the puck in the net or find someone that can.
- Tuukka Rask (29 saves) deserved a better result today. He made some big saves to preserve the lead, but a couple of defensive miscues cost them the win.
- The Bruins outshot the Canucks 7-1 in overtime.
- Michael Ryder looked like he was motivated by the recent rumors that the Bruins are looking to move him at the deadline. Ryder had a goal and 7 shots on net and seemed to be all over the ice.
- If you get rid of the charity points, the Bruins are a 23-33 hockey team.
- There were four interference minors called today. The officiating crew must have brought this point up in their pre-game meeting.
- This team is like the kid that peaked in high school. Only for them high school was the Winter Classic.
- It has been awhile since the Canucks paid a visit to Boston and a lot has happen since then.
- The Bruins will be back at it tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 when they travel to Montreal.