The Vancouver Canucks landed in Beantown for game action against the Boston Bruins at TD Gardens. Here’s what happened when the rivalry was rekindled.
The Vancouver Canucks arrived in the city of Boston having gathered points in each of their past six games. After a 4-3 shootout loss in Carolina erased a five-game winning streak, Vancouver knew they would have their hands full trying to find the win versus the league’s second-best team, the big bad Bruins.
The Tuesday night showdown would be the first of two meetings this season (Second meeting on home ice on February 22nd). Nine years removed from the 2011 finals, the Canucks roster looking entirely different, yet the hatred between these two clubs remains just beneath the surface. The strong dislike between fans remains intact and it’s almost as if the players realize this, the battles each game are always fast-paced and entertaining.
Entering the contest there were a few questions hanging over the Canucks: Could Vancouver hang with the big dogs and prove they are a top-level franchise? Would Elias Pettersson find the back of the net again after a two-goal performance in Carolina? Could recent special team struggles be solved? Lots of questions for the head-to-head battle. It was bound to be a hard-fought game.