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Right at home: Lucic helps Bruins top Canucks

Feb 27, 2011 - 6:52 AM
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Milan Lucic enjoyed being home.

The Vancouver native supplied the game-winning goal in the third period and collected two assists, powering the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Canucks in a battle between division leaders at Rogers Arena.

Tim Thomas made 27 saves for the Bruins, who improved to 4-0-0 on their six- game road trip and remained four points ahead of second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division.

Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots for NHL-leading Vancouver, which hasn't strung consecutive victories together since a six-game streak that bridged the end of January and beginning of February.

Lucic gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 4:38 to play in regulation. Dennis Seidenberg let go a shot from the right point that never reached the net. Rather, the puck struck Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard, who was positioned in front of Luongo, and Lucic was on the doorstep to slam it home past the bewildered netminder.

Patrice Bergeron provided some insurance with an empty-net marker with 1:13 left.

"We had some good chances and their goalie made some big saves," said Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault.

Manny Malhotra staked the home team to a 1-0 lead at 16:58 of the first period. It was the first goal Thomas ever gave up to the Canucks. He had recorded a shutout in each of his previous two starts against Vancouver.

Nathan Horton tied the game midway through the second period, taking Lucic's pass from behind the net and converting his own rebound.

Game Notes

Boston improved to 20-7-4 on the road this season...The Canucks have dropped two of four on a six-game homestand...Vancouver lost for just the second time in regulation when scoring first (33-2-6).