Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Vancouver leads 1-0

Game 1: Sunday, December 4th
Bruins2Final
Canucks5

Bruins 2

(10-14-5, 25 pts)

Canucks 5

(17-9-2, 36 pts)

10:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
BOS 0 2 02
VAN 2 0 35

T. Linden (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Sedin (Canucks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Leetch (Bruins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Vancouver now 12-1 at home, take Northwest lead

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Brendan Morrison's lucky bounce spurred the Vancouver Canucks' offense in a very tight game.

Morrison's power-play pass bounced in off a Boston defender, and Ryan Kesler scored 32 seconds later to break open a tie game in the third period and lift the Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Bruins on Sunday night.

Daniel Sedin added his second goal of the game on a power play with 1:47 left as the Canucks improved to 12-1 at home.

"That was a pass, I won't deny it," said Morrison, who has goals in three of four games after going 12 without one. "It went off the guy's knee and I'll take it. I had a couple of point-blank chances early and didn't score."

The same could be said for a lot of Canucks. They came out flying against the Bruins, who played for the second straight night. Vancouver was outshooting Boston 8-2 when Trevor Linden opened the scoring 4:06 in.

Sedin made it 2-0 just 10 minutes later, but Boston tied it in the second period before Brad Isbister's four-minute penalty for high-sticking Ed Jovanovski allowed the Canucks to go back in front on the power play early in the third.

Morrison scored late in the second penalty, and Kesler broke in on a 2-on-1 on the next shift and ripped a wrist shot past Hannu Toivonen.

"We let them back in the game and we came in (between periods) and said we have to change the momentum and that's what we did," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. "We came out and got five shots right away and created lots."

Isbister and newcomer Marco Sturm scored for the Bruins, who lost for the first time in three games since trading captain Joe Thornton to San Jose on Wednesday.

"It was tough to lose a game like this that we could have won in the third," said Toivonen, Boston's rookie, who made 34 saves.

The Bruins got one goal-scoring leader back but lost another.

Glen Murray returned after missing five games with a groin injury, but fellow 12-goal scorer Sergei Samsonov flew back to Boston earlier in the day after experiencing tingling in his fingers.

Boston also lost one of its top defenseman when Nick Boynton limped off after taking an interference penalty early in the first period.

Despite that -- and playing for the third time in four nights -- they were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, thanks in large part to Toivonen.

"Our goaltender played exceptional for us, but we spotted them two goals, which you can't do in back-to-back situations," said defenseman David Tanabe, who scored in overtime to beat Edmonton on Saturday.

Toivonen, who started ahead of Andrew Raycroft for a third straight game despite playing against the Oilers the night before, wasn't happy with his play.

"If you get scored on five times, it's not good enough," Toivonen said. "You got to look in the mirror and really think about what should I have done better."

He couldn't have done much better early.

Toivonen made five big saves in the first two minutes, but couldn't see Linden's shot through a screen at 4:06 -- just the fourth time in 15 games that Vancouver scored first.

Sedin doubled the lead 10 minutes later after a pretty give-and-go out of the corner with twin brother Henrik.

"We just got to be more ready when the game starts," said Toivonen, who was behind 3-0 early in Edmonton. "We got totally outskated in the first 10 minutes and that cannot happen."

Isbister cut Boston's deficit to 2-1 on a rebound eight minutes into the second period. Sturm tied it in the late stages of a power play at 14:57.

Alex Auld, making his seventh straight start while Dan Cloutier recovers from a knee sprain, was at his best killing off a lengthy 5-on-3. But the Canucks goalie couldn't squeeze Sturm's backhander against the post with four seconds left in the second penalty.

"Our third period was absolutely fantastic, and to bounce right back like that was good," said Auld, who made 25 saves.

Game notes


RW Joseph Balej earned an assist in his first game for the Canucks after being recalled from Manitoba of the AHL earlier Sunday. Regular recall Josh Green, who scored two goals in his last two games in Vancouver, injured his hand in a fight in Manitoba on Friday. ... Canucks RW Anson Carter has started wearing a visor after taking a high stick near the eye two games ago. ... Before the Thornton trade, the Bruins hadn't won two straight since beating Florida and Pittsburgh on Nov. 3 and 5.

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