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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 8, 2018
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 17,565

Canucks aim for sweep of Bruins

Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins

  1. The Canucks fell in a shootout, 3-2, in Detroit on Tuesday night. The loss was their first this season when holding opponents to two or fewer goals, as the Canucks are 8-0-1 in such games -- tied for the second most wins in the NHL (Tampa, eight; Nashville, nine). Vancouver is 1-6-0 when allowing three or more goals.
  2. Boston beat Dallas, 2-1, in overtime on Monday night, scoring both goals on the power-play. The Bruins have won five of their first six home games this season, their best win percentage through six games since 2001-02 (4-0-0-2) and their most wins through six home games since 1994-95 (5-1-0).
  3. Vancouver has taken each of the last two meetings with the Bruins after losing four of the previous five. Since the start of 2016-17, the Canucks are 26-35-11 (.438) in interconference play, worst in the NHL; the Bruins rank ninth at 36-22-6 (.609) in that span.
  4. Elias Pettersson scored his 10th career goal in his 10th career game on Tuesday, becoming the fastest skater to reach 10 career goals in Cancuks history, and the fastest in the NHL since Boston's Dmitri Kvartalnov (nine games) and San Jose's Rob Gaudreau (10 games) did so in 1992-93.
  5. David Pastrnak lit the lamp against the Stars for his 12th goal of the season, a power-play goal early in the first period to tie the game at one. Pastrnak's 12 goals this season are the most through 14 games of a season since Dmitri Kvartalnov had 12 in 1992-93.
  6. Patrice Bergeron logged an assist on Monday night, becoming the fastest Bruin to reach 20 points in a season since Joe Thornton in 2005-06 (12 games). Bergeron has been involved in 51.3 percent of the Bruins' 39 team goals this season, the highest mark in the NHL.

BOSTON -- Their three-game winning streak snapped by a shootout loss in Detroit Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks go for a sweep of their two-game season series with the Bruins when they visit TD Garden Thursday night.

The Canucks failed to hold a 2-0 lead and dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Red Wings in the opener of a six-game trip Tuesday, falling to 9-6-1 on the young season.

They defeated the Bruins 2-1 in overtime Oct. 20 and now go for the sweep. They face an 8-4-2 team that is having trouble putting the puck in the net but coming off a 2-1 OT win over Dallas Monday night.

Rookie Elias Petterson continued his early hot scoring with his 10th goal of the season in Detroit. At 19 (20 next week), he is the only teenager in the last 30 seasons to start his career with at least 10 goals through their first 10 career games.

He has six goals and three assists in the last six games.

"I'm happy with that but we didn't win today," he said after Tuesday's game.

The Bruins got a winning goal from OT specialist Brad Marchand during a 5 on 3 to win Monday's game. They have scored just four goals in the last four games, a span that's included their second and third shutouts of the season.

Through Tuesday, they were 24th in the NHL in goals per game, even though they are fifth on the power play -- a sign of their top heavy lineup led by the line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak (league-high 12 goals) and Marchand.

They scored twice Monday, but had one goal waved off by a quick whistle and also hit three posts.

"It's coming. That's the way I look at it, and usually it takes a game or two before the floodgates open," coach Bruce Cassidy said after the win. "And we hope, I'm an optimist, that it's Thursday or at least later this week where it really starts to happen for us."

The Canucks, hampered by injuries up front, dominated the first half of Tuesday's game but then let it get away and lost a valuable point.

"A game can turn on you in a hurry as soon as you take your foot off the gas," said Bo Horvat, who had the OT winner against the Bruins last month. "Teams are going to push back and I thought we played a great 30 minutes. I thought we deserved better. We know what it's like to play these one-goal games and I think we've been doing a good job keeping composed."

Jacob Markstrom has started the last five games in goal for the Canucks and defeated the Bruins Oct.20 to go to 2-3-0 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .918 save percentage lifetime against the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask, who seems to have lost his job as the No. 1 goaltender in Boston, gave up a soft goal to open Monday's game but came on to get the win. Jaroslav Halak led the NHL in goals against (1.45) and save percentage (.952). He is 7-5-4 with a 2.30 goals-against and .920 save percentage lifetime against Vancouver -- while Rask is just 3-5-1 with 2.86/.893 numbers.

Thursday marks the return to TD Garden of Tim Schaller, who played the last two years in Boston before signing with the Canucks. He has three assists in 14 games and is still looking for his first goal with his new team.

Updated November 7, 2018

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