VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – JT Miller scored the winner in the penalty shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
The Canucks winger waited patiently for Bruins goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman, and fired a shot into the back of his right skate. Bo Horvat also scored in the penalty shootout.
Brock Boeser scored in the match for Vancouver, making it 2-0 under new coach Bruce Boudreau.
“I think everyone feels confident that we can go into the next game and get another win,” defender Quinn Hughes said. “We are playing game by game and week by week and that is the message when the coach comes in. In the first two games, I think we are playing very well. And the amazing thing is that I think we could have played better too. ”
Boudreau took over the team on Sunday night and had little time to devise a penalty shootout strategy. He said he relied on Wednesday’s stats.
“I want (Elias Pettersson) to go first. I think he’s been at 40% of his career,” said the coach of the Swedish center, who has been led by Swayman. “And then JT I know loves the pressure. I got to know that after about four days. ”
Patrice Bergeron had a goal in power play for Boston with a 5v3 advantage early in the third half.
Canucks goalkeeper Thatcher Demko made 35 saves on his 26th birthday. Swayman stopped 31 of 32 shots for Boston.
The Canucks won in a row at home for the first time this season.
The Canucks took a 1-0 lead in the third half despite being down 16-13.
Boston got a two-man advantage early in the third inning and drew 1-1.
Juho Lammikko was called up for the slash and the Canucks were taking the penalty before Miller clashed with Swayman and was called up for goalie intervention.
Just seconds into the 5v3 stretch, David Pastrnak shot from inside the line and Bergeron shot from the front of the net 4:51 in the third half. It was the 9th goal of the season for the Bruins captain.
“Obviously (Pastrnak) had that shot where they needed to be in the firing lane, so it usually opened up a bit of a pass lane for tipping and especially 5v3 and we tried to use it. Use that to your advantage,” said Captain Bruins. “We talked about it before confronting the play it should have been there.”
Brad Marchand leveled Vancouver’s Travis Hamonic along the middle of the second goal, leaving the Canucks defender with an obvious leg injury. Hamonic limped to the bench, without any weight on his right leg, and was guided down the tunnel by the coach. He did not return, leaving Vancouver with five guards.
“I think over that next five-game period, I think we played really well and were strong,” Hughes said. “And it was just playing smart hockey with five boys there and taking short shifts and I think we did a great job with that.”
Marchand received a penalty for the action and the Canucks took advantage in the 15:01 minute.
Miller failed to land a shot from the top of the head-to-head round and Boeser knocked Swayman from low to score his sixth goal of the season.
Both sides are 1 to 4 with the advantage in terms of people.
The Bruins briefly had reason to celebrate earlier in the second half. Boston caught a ball deep in Vancouver territory and sent it over the wall to Erik Haula, who went 1 on 1 with Demko before unleashing a backhand shot past the keeper’s left flank. The Canucks challenged for offside and, after reviewing the video, officials called the target a foul.
Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco said the match was tight with even strength.
“Both teams had some chances but perhaps not as many as we would have liked, especially speaking for our team. We had some opportunities,” said Sacco, who is taking over as head coach while Bruce Cassidy is on COVID-19 protocol. “We skipped some shots, I think. Sometimes I’d like to see us play a little bit better, but some of that has to be worth it too. They defended firmly.”
NOTE: The Canucks lost 3-2 to the Bruins in Boston on Nov. 28.… Canucks defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been scratched out of the squad with an undisclosed injury. … Miller has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last five games.
Bruins: At the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday for the second of a three-game trip.
Canucks: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday in the fourth game of a six-game house.
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