BOSTON (AP) – Brad Marchand scored the decisive goal with power play in the third half and set up David Pastrnak, helping the Boston Bruins win 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Anton Blidh also scored for Boston, and Linus Ullmark made 36 saves. The Bruins won for the fifth time in seven games.
Tanner Pearson and Conor Garland scored for Vancouver. Former Bruins goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves and remained undefeated (0-4-1) in his first season with the Canucks. The 36-year-old Halak signed as a free agent with the Canucks after playing three seasons with Boston.
As Oliver Ekman-Larsson left the field to move to Blidh, Marchand moved around defender Kyle Burroughs and ate Pastrnak in front of the net, where he slipped in a power play with 3:24 to play.
Marchand collected a loose ball from a contention and tied it at 2-all less than a minute after Ullmark dropped to save a pad in Tyler Motte’s clean breakaway.
Marchand had a bounce near the crossbar, slipped slightly to the right and hit a wrist shot into the net to score in the third half at 8:45.
Garland’s seemingly innocuous wrist from the right circle slid between Ullmark’s pads, giving the Canucks a 2-1 lead with 7:29 remaining in the second.
Looking to revive his team after Friday’s loss to Rangers, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy juggled all but his top line-up. The Bruins seemed to respond more aggressively early in the game, but the Canucks also struggled with physics, leading to some nervousness after the early whistles.
Midway through the second half, Cassidy quickly dropped the star Pastrnak from the top lane to the second row.
Pearson scored a powerhouse goal from the 3:33 challenge into the game to make it 1-0.
But Blidh beat Halak with a wrist strike that seemed a bit sunken late in the game and got past the goalkeeper’s glove, tying it just 2:18 later.
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This is the second time in three home games that the Bruins have faced a goalkeeper they had on hand last season. Last Sunday, Dan Vladar started coming to Calgary and shutting them down.
The Canucks had a power play goal wiped out by video review at the end of the inaugural period. Garland beat Ullmark, who appeared on screen, by a slap from the right spot, but Bruins challenged that Nils Hoglander was offside and a review suggested he was early.
Boston’s Tomas Nosek had one who immediately waved in the first minute of the second as he shot the ball clear into the net while falling onto the ice.
NOTE: Trent Frederic has returned to Boston’s squad after missing seven games with an undisclosed upper body injury and is focused on the third line. … Bruins strikers Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula are healing scratches. … This is the first of two regular meetings between the teams, with the other in Vancouver on December 8.… Canucks captain Bo Horvat played his 265th game in a row. … Patriots WRs N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers watched from a luxury box.
Canucks: In Montreal on Monday night on their fourth of a five-game trip.
Bruins: Hosts Detroit on Tuesday, the three-man finale live at home.
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