Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins Rivalry Continues

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The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in a game that proved their five-year rivalry continues. The final score of the game was 4-2. The Canucks are currently 20-17-11 and the Bruins are 24-17-5.

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver’s left-wing, set a franchise record on Thursday night. Sedin scored the 348th goal of his career and became the Canucks’ career leader in goals. He scored twice during the rivalry match. One goal was at the end of the game with 22 seconds left. This goal was scored with an open net that secured the win over Boston and gave Sedin his career-high record. Currently, his career record is 121 power play goals, 78 game-winning goals, and 14 overtime goals. Last season, he only scored 20 goals in 82 games, whereas this year, he has already scored 21 goals in 48 games. The 35-year-old Sweden-native has played 1,109 games with the Vancouver Canucks.

Alex Burrows and Sven Baertschi scored the other two points for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom, their goalie, also had a total of 28 saves. Jimmy Hayes and Brad Marchand were the only two scorers for Boston and Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots. Rask also played in his 300th game in the National Hockey League. The Bruins did have a three-game winning streak prior to Thursday night, but it was broken by the Canucks. David Krejci also returned after missing 10 games due to an upper-body injury. Krejci played almost 19 minutes. Landon Ferraro also returned after missing Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after a lower-body injury.

The continued rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins started in 2011. The Bruins defeated the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-0 sweep on June 15, 2011, and Boston out-won Vancouver in the seven-game series at 4-3. The Canucks won home ice advantage as they had the most points, which was 117 points, during the 2010-2011 regular season. The Canucks outshot the Bruins 37-21. Tim Thomas, the Bruins’ goalie at the time, was able to save all 37 of those attempted shots. Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal in the first period at 14:37 on the timeclock and Brad Marchand was able to score another goal in the second period at 12:13. Shortly after, Bergeron scored another goal that period at 17:35, followed by another goal by Marchand at 17:16 in the third period. After the Game 7 loss to the Bruins, fans in Vancouver had dangerous riots that led to cars being set on fire. This riot and the damage that was caused was reportedly greater than the riot from 1994 when the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in another Stanley Cup Final.

Vancouver was the first team to have home ice advantage since the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens were also the last Canadian team to have won the Stanley Cup in 1993. The last time the Bruins won a Stanley Cup was in 1972.

Vancouver will face the Pittsburg Penguins on Saturday, January 23. They have a current record of 8-3-3 within the past five weeks in the playoff race of the Pacific Division. The Penguins are 22-17-7 and ranked fifth in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins were able to end their long losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, January 21. On Friday, January 22, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in the East Coast, one in which up to 15 states could see up to 30 inches of snow by Sunday morning. Many sporting events have already been postponed, and with Pennsylvania being in the vicinity, this match between the two teams is still scheduled to occur.

By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Leigh Haugh

NHL: Daniel Sedin becomes Canucks’ top goal-scorer
Vancouver Sun: Iain MacIntyre: Canucks’ Daniel Sedin skins Bruins with milestone markers in Boston
ESPN: NHL VANvBOS, 1/21/2016 Recap
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