Bruins 4, Canucks 2
BOSTON (AP) _ Andy Brickley, set up by Bob Sweeney, scored the tie-breaking goal on a breakaway early in the third period and added an empty-net goal Sunday night, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Sweeney, who sat out the last two games in the first benching of his two- year career, returned with a goal and two assists as the Bruins extended their home record against Vancouver to 12-0-1 since Dec. 13, 1980.
Brickley’s goal came less than three minutes after the Canucks tied the score 2-2 on a goal by Jim Sandlak 11 seconds into the final period.
Boston defenseman Ray Bourque and goalie Andy Moog went behind the goal for a loose puck and accidentally pushed it to Sandlak, who swung around and put the puck into an empty net for his fifth goal of the season.
But just over three minutes into the period, Sweeney skated down the right lane and passed to Brickley at the blue line. Brickley went in along and pushed the puck past goalie Kirk McLean as he was tripped for his fifth goal of the season.
The Canucks outshot Boston 25-23, but were frustrated by Moog, who preserved the victory midway through the final period by robbing Brian Bradley on a breakaway, taking his close-in shot in his pads.
After McLean was pulled for a sixth skater, Brickley took a pass from Ken Linseman and fired into an empty net at 19:35.
Rich Sutter gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 9:23 of the first period, scoring his third goal on the Canucks’ third shot of the game from a jam at the crease.
Sweeney tied the score at 18:03 with his third goal, poking the puck into the net off a scramble with the Bruins skating 5-on-3.
Randy Burridge put the Bruins in front for the first time at 1:14 of the second period. Set up by Sweeney and Linseman, he batted in a passout from just outside the crease for his fourth goal.
″Andy (Moog) played a terrific game, so did a lot of others,″ Boston Coach Terry O’Reilly said. ″Sweeney fit right in with Linseman and Brickley after (Keith) Crowder was hurt.
″That was an unusual goal they got to get back into it in the third period, but we didn’t lose our composure. We recovered and made a nice play to get back in front.″
Sweeney, who was the only Boston player to play in every regular season game as a rookie, returned as the fourth line center.
However, he became the second line right wing with Brickley and Linseman after Crowder suffered a charley horse in the first period.
″He got back in the flow of things and was a real force out there,″ O’Reilly said. ″That’s the way he can be. He’s got the skills to be that kind of a player. He was on (the ice) for all four of our goals.″
″The effort was there, but the sharpness was missing and I think that’s due to the two games in two nights,″ said Coach Bob McCammon, whose Canucks won 3-2 in Hartford in overtime Saturday night.
″Sometimes it takes its toll, but we played pretty well. Our problem has been these one-goal games. We’ve lost seven games, all by one goal. Things are going to get better for us. We just have to keep the faith.″