Canucks 4, Bruins 3

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

BOSTON (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks wouldn't let the Bruins push them around anymore and left with something they couldn't get in last year's finals - a win in Boston.

Less than four minutes into their first game between the teams since the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, at least five Canucks surrounded and jostled Boston's Shawn Thornton near the Vancouver bench after he came to the aid of a teammate who had been hit.

And two minutes later, the Canucks scored the first of their four power-play goals on their way to a 4-3 win Saturday.

"I think it makes a statement to the rest of the league that we're back and we're looking forward to getting back to where we were," Vancouver goalie Corey Schneider said.

The Canucks are second in the NHL with 55 points and the Bruins are third with 53.

Boston's Milan Lucic drew a game misconduct for leaving the bench to join in the altercation, but Bruins coach Claude Julien insisted he had taken the ice on a legal line change.

"I'm not blaming (the referees). They're in the middle of a scrum there," Julien said. "What's unfortunate is that we lost a pretty good player early in the game."

The NHL said after the game that the game misconduct to Lucic was rescinded.

The league said in a statement "a video review of the incident revealed that Lucic did not leave the bench to join or start an altercation but rather had entered the ice legally over the boards and was about to step back onto the bench through the door when he changed course and joined a scrum."

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, whose team was outmuscled in the Stanley Cup finals, thought the Bruins were still too physical.

"Our guys played whistle to whistle," he said. "It's hard to play that way when the other team gets two or three extra (hits) in after the whistle."

That may be a spillover from last year's ill will.

Boston's Nathan Horton missed the last four games of the finals after suffering a concussion in Game 3 on an open-ice hit by Aaron Rome. The Bruins were the much more physical team, pushing stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin around with little response.

"Let's not kid ourselves here. These are teams that don't like each other," Julien said. "I think the buildup from last year is still there."

Last year, Boston fans chanted "Luongo! Luongo!" about Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, who struggled much of the seven-game series and was pulled in the first period of Boston's 5-2 win in Game 6.

They did it again just 1:55 into Saturday's game even though Schneider played the entire game.

The Canucks, who have the NHL's best power play, had the manpower advantage after the scrum that resulted in nine penalties, and Ryan Kesler gave them a 1-0 lead at 5:41 of the period with his 11th goal of the season.

Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley responded for Boston. Alexander Burrows tied it at 15:21 of the second period and Henrik Sedin put the Canucks ahead to stay at 19:47 after Marchand was given a game misconduct and a clipping penalty for upending Sami Salo with a low hit.

"It (also) happened last year in the playoffs," Henrik Sedin said.

Vancouver's Cody Hodgson and Boston's David Krejci scored in the first two minutes of the third period.

"We knew they were going to come out hard and so did we," Boston's Chris Kelly said. "There's grown men out playing hockey and emotions were high."

The Canucks did their scoring against Tim Thomas, their nemesis in the Cup finals when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player. He later won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.

"Every time we started to get momentum we have a power play or a long power play to kill," he said. "Whether you agree with the calls or not, they were a huge factor in the way the game turned out."

Boston began the day leading the NHL in goals scored and goals against. Vancouver was the second-highest scoring team and third stingiest.

Boston, which won its previous two home games 8-0 and 9-0, fell behind when Kesler scored during a two-man advantage. Kelly blocked a shot in front of Thomas, but Kesler got the rebound and connected on a wrist shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.

Marchand scored his 16th goal a little more than nine minutes later when he cut in front of Schneider and connected on a pass from Patrice Bergeron along the boards.

Daniel Paille missed a penalty shot for the Bruins at 23 seconds of the second period, but Peverley gave them their only lead at 7:12 with his seventh goal on a wrist shot. Burrows tied it when he tipped in Hodgson's shot.

Then came Marchand's costly penalty.

"This isn't boxing," Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "They're one of the biggest, strongest teams in the league, but it comes down to skill."

Exactly one minute after Marchand's ejection, Henrik Sedin, who began the game tied for the NHL scoring lead, scored his 11th goal when he tipped in Alexander Edler's shot. Sedin, who rarely shows emotion, pumped his fist.

"It was a big goal to go up 3-2 in the second period. There was a lot emotion out there," he said. "We won the game. That's good enough for us."

Notes: The Canucks are 20-0 when leading after two periods. ... Boston is 9-2 in its past 11 games. ... Schneider started for the second time in 11 games. ... Thomas lost for the third time in his past 17 games. ... The Canucks took the first seven shots on goal.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:41VAN PPG - Ryan Kesler (11) ASST: Sami Salo (10), Daniel Sedin (29) 1 - 0 VAN
14:57BOS Brad Marchand (16) ASST: Tyler Seguin (21), Patrice Bergeron (23) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:12BOS Rich Peverley (7) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (7) 2 - 1 BOS
15:21VAN PPG - Alexandre Burrows (16) ASST: Cody Hodgson (14), Kevin Bieksa (20) 2 - 2 Tie
19:47VAN PPG - Henrik Sedin (11) ASST: Alexander Edler (23), Kevin Bieksa (21) 3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
01:09VAN PPG - Cody Hodgson (10) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (17) 4 - 2 VAN
01:51BOS David Krejci (10) ASST: Joe Corvo (15) 4 - 3 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Cody Hodgson
Cody Hodgson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 11:19
Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 7
+/-: 1TOI: 14:52
David Krejci
David Krejci
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 20:24
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:17VAN Ryan Kesler  Interference against  Tyler Seguin
03:54VAN Alexandre Burrows  Misconduct (10 min)
03:54VAN Maxim Lapierre  Misconduct (10 min)
03:54BOS Nathan Horton  Fighting (maj) against  Dale Weise
03:54BOS Milan Lucic  Leaving player's/penalty bench
03:54BOS Shawn Thornton  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
03:54BOS Shawn Thornton  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
03:54BOS Milan Lucic  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
03:54VAN Dale Weise  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan Horton
03:54VAN Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Shawn Thornton
09:43VAN Daniel Sedin  Hooking against  Johnny Boychuk
11:37VAN Ryan Kesler  Holding against  Tyler Seguin
14:58VAN Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
14:58BOS Shawn Thornton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dale Weise
14:58VAN Dale Weise  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Shawn Thornton
14:58BOS Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Maxim Lapierre
16:26BOS Rich Peverley  Tripping against  Mason Raymond
18:45BOS Benoit Pouliot  Hi-sticking against  Keith Ballard
2nd Period
02:55VAN Mason Raymond  Hi-sticking against  Tim Thomas
02:55VAN Jannik Hansen  Roughing against  Adam McQuaid
02:55BOS Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Jannik Hansen
08:08VAN Alexandre Burrows  Hi-sticking against  Tyler Seguin
14:47BOS Tyler Seguin  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
16:43BOS David Krejci  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cory Schneider
18:47BOS Brad Marchand  Clipping (maj) against  Sami Salo
18:47BOS Brad Marchand  Game misconduct against  Sami Salo
3rd Period
01:31VAN Daniel Sedin  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
06:38VAN Alexander Edler  Holding against  Nathan Horton
13:22BOS Nathan Horton  Tripping against  Manny Malhotra
19:30VAN Dan Hamhuis  Delay of game
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays4/110/7
Faceoff Wins3942
Blocked Shots107
Penalty Minutes5255
2D. HamhuisD01-10224:55
3K. BieksaD02-12028:05
4K. BallardD0002014:48
6S. SaloD01-24013:24
9C. HodgsonC1103011:19
14A. BurrowsR10-121416:50
17R. KeslerC1004422:21
20C. HigginsL00-11017:54
21M. RaymondL00-14215:24
22D. SedinL01-25419:02
23A. EdlerD01-24225:52
25A. EbbettC000001:32
27M. MalhotraC00-10015:36
32D. WeiseR000175:56
33H. SedinC10-21020:29
36J. HansenR0001212:16
40M. LapierreC0002157:51
41A. AlbertsD0000010:00
35C. Schneider3639.92359:56
11G. CampbellC0001515:11
14J. CorvoD0115018:17
17M. LucicL0000121:27
18N. HortonR0014714:52
19T. SeguinC0114216:23
20D. PailleL0001013:42
21A. FerenceD0001016:18
22S. ThorntonL000068:56
23C. KellyC0011013:27
33Z. CharaD0023026:18
37P. BergeronC0115019:47
44D. SeidenbergD0012026:18
46D. KrejciC1015220:24
49R. PeverleyC1011215:13
54A. McQuaidD000028:50
55J. BoychukD0022018:16
63B. MarchandL10121510:49
67B. PouliotL0112215:28
30T. Thomas3236.88959:07