BOSTON – After putting a mere five shots on goal in the first period, the Boston Bruins took aim against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo in the second and third.
They beat Luongo twice in the second period and that was enough offense for the Bruins to defeat the slumping Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night in a rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final — also won by Boston.
“The first period was a little bit of a tough period for us. I thought our puck management or how we move the puck around wasn’t great,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “It wasn’t really sharp, but it got better in the second and third period and that made a big difference.”
Boston led 1-0 after the first on Milan Lucic’s goal despite being outshot 9-5. Jarome Iginla and Daniel Paille added goals for the Bruins, and goalie Tuukka Rask kept the Canucks from rallying with several saves on short-handed opportunities.
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Rask made 27 saves against the road-weary Canucks, who were coming off 2-0 loss in Detroit the night before and dropped their fifth straight.
Defenseman Raphael Diaz, acquired this week in a trade with Montreal, scored for Vancouver.
Luongo made 29 saves and tried to take responsibility after the Canucks lost for the sixth time in seven games.
“I think this one’s 100 percent on me. I wasn’t too good out there tonight,” he said.
Canucks coach John Tortorella, in his second game back from a 15-day suspension, said, “I appreciate Louie saying that, but this is a team thing here that we’re going through and we’ll go through it together.”