Bruins beat Canucks, continue home-ice dominance

Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) battles with Vancouver Canucks left wing Kellan Lain (54) during the first period of Tuesday night's game at TD Banknorth Garden.
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Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) battles with Vancouver Canucks left wing Kellan Lain (54) during the first period of Tuesday night's game at TD Banknorth Garden.
Posted Feb. 04, 2014, at 10:44 p.m.

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins continued their home-ice dominance with another win Tuesday night, beating the floundering Vancouver Canucks 3-1.

Left winger Milan Lucic and right winger Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist each and goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots as the Bruins improved their home record to 22-6-2, including 19-3-2 in their last 24 games.

Vancouver has lost five straight, the last two in two nights since coach John Tortorella returned from his 15-day league suspension. The Canucks have one goal in the two games.

It was Boston’s first win over Vancouver since winning the Stanley Cup on the Canucks’ home ice in 2011.

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on the first 18 shots. He finished with 29 saves.

Lucic, who has seven points in the last six games, and Iginla, with 11 points in the last six, both scored their 16th goals of the season. Left winger Daniel Paille also scored his eighth.

The Bruins worked a nifty three-man rush for their first goal, with Iginla getting the puck to center David Krejci, who relayed it to Lucic. He fired from the high slot 5:12 into the game.

Krejci has 11 points in the last nine games, with the Bruins going 7-1-1 in those nine.

Boston scored on the power play, but only after Rask stopped winger Daniel Sedin on a shorthanded breakaway. The Bruins picked up the rebound and moved down ice, when defenseman Zdeno Chara’s centering pass was re-directed by Iginla at 7:59 of the second period.

Vancouver defenseman Raphael Diaz, playing his first game with his new team, made it 2-1 with his first goal of the season at 11:28 of the second.

Diaz fluttered a shot from the right point that Rask just missed with his glove, and the Canucks were alive. Not for long, however, as defenseman Johnny Boychuk made what amounted to a three-line pass to Paille, who converted his break-in on the backhand at 17:06 on the second period.

NOTES: The Bruins will play the final two games before the Olympic break without D Zdeno Chara. Boston’s captain left early to carry the flag of his native Slovakia at the opening ceremonies. … Bruins LW Brad Marchand, who caused a stir by kissing his invisible ring and holding an invisible Stanley Cup over his head during the Bruins’ loss at Vancouver on Dec. 14, said, “I think there’s definitely some hatred for that team. And they have it for us.” … Vancouver scratched D Dan Hamhuis and LW Chris Higgins due to injuries suffered Monday night in Detroit. … D Raphael Diaz, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, debuted for his new team after being a healthy scratch his last eight games with Montreal — and he scored Tuesday. … Vancouver finishes its five-game trip with games against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The Bruins visit the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

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