Patrice Bergeron scored his third goal in two days as the Boston Bruins won their fourth straight game with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Brad Marchand scored his fifth goal in just eight games of the season, Connor Clifton and Pavel Zacha also had goals, and Tomas Nosek scored for Boston with 1:58 left. The Bruins have won 11 of 12 games and are 14-2-0.
Hampus Lindholm had three assists and David Pastrnak had two, allowing Bergeron and Marchand to be single assists as the Bears led from the top line.
JT Miller scored his second goal in as many games and Sheldon Dries also scored for Vancouver, who lost their third straight game. Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots for Vancouver, which trailed 1-3 on the five-game road trip.
In addition to his assists, Pasternak also had two trip free throws from the Canucks. At the end of the first quarter, he completed a hit and then passed the puck to the open Bergeron, who made a layup to give Boston a 2-1 lead. Bergeron scored twice in Buffalo’s 3-1 win Saturday night.
Pastrnak assisted Marchand late in the second quarter after passes from Lindholm and Zacha put the Bruins up 3-1, Marchand’s fifth goal since recovering from offseason hip surgery.
The Bruins were up 4-1 until Dries scored a field goal from the net at 4:34 into the third. A high penalty on Boston’s Jakub Zboril had just two seconds left when the Canucks scored their second powerhouse goal of the game. Heading into Sunday, the Bruins had made 12 consecutive penalties in their first three games.
Boston’s winning streak ended at 9:05 of the first quarter when Miller beat goaltender Linus Ulmak on a drive. Canucks are a skater as Thomas Nosek serves an instigator’s penalty after a fight with Kyle Burroughs, who just slammed Pastrnak For flat ground.
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The fighting didn’t last long, and tensions continued to rise. AJ Greer hit Vancouver’s Vasily Podkolzin on the center ice and both started swinging. Greer hit a few clean shots in Podkolzin’s face, which was bleeding when he was ushered back to the bench amid cheers from Bears fans.
Canucks: Visit the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night in the final game of five straight road games.
Bruins: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
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