Canucks thump Bruins, 6-2SportsDirect Inc.
December 15. 2013 2:07AM
VANCOUVER -- Captain Henrik Sedin recorded a goal and an assist as host Vancouver extended its winning streak to seven games, with a 6-2 thumping of the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Jannik Hansen, David Booth and Chris Higgins also tallied for the Canucks, who completed a perfect five-game homestand.
Defensemen Yanick Weber and Chris Tanev each added a goal while Roberto Luongo made 39 saves en route to his second win in two nights.
Reilly Smith scored both goals for the Bruins, who wrapped up a 3-1-0 road trip.
Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 23 shots before being replaced by Chad Johnson, who finished with five saves.
Hansen began the scoring with a fluke goal late in the first period, unleashing a slap shot from center ice that glanced off Boston captain Zdeno Chara's stick and bounced past Rask.
Smith buried a backhander at 4:11 of the second to knot the contest, but Vancouver went ahead for good 80 seconds later on Booth's shot from the left faceoff circle.
Higgins made it 3-1 just 3:15 afterward and Weber buried a one-timer from the blue line 94 seconds into the third to chase Rask.
Sedin cashed in on a power-play chance with a blast from the left circle at 4:02 and Tanev converted a pass from Mike Santorelli during a short-handed 2-on-1 rush midway through the session for a commanding 6-1 advantage.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Vancouver has allowed a total of seven goals during its winning streak, yielding five over the homestand. ... The Bruins surrendered one more goal Saturday than they did over the first three games of their road trip. ... Boston LW Shawn Thornton was given a 15-game suspension Saturday afternoon for his attack on Pittsburgh D Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7.