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
"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
Boston also lost one of its top defenseman when Nick Boynton
limped off after taking an interference penalty early in the first
Despite that -- and playing for the third time in four nights --
they were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, thanks in large part to
"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
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.
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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Arena: Rogers Arena Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Rob Martell Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Don Henderson
Attendance: 18,630 (99.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Trevor Linden (3)
Assists: Lee Goren, Bryan Allen
Daniel Sedin (7)
Assist: Henrik Sedin
Brad Isbister (5)
Assists: Brian Leetch, Glen Murray
Marco Sturm (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Brad Boyes, Brian Leetch
Brendan Morrison (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Markus Naslund, Ed Jovanovski
Ryan Kesler (4)
Assists: Jozef Balej, Sami Salo
Daniel Sedin (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Nolan Baumgartner, Henrik Sedin