Canucks' win streak at 7 after 6-2 rout of Bruins

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 15, 2013 at 1:57 am •  Published: December 15, 2013
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Known for his fiery demeanor during previous NHL stops, John Tortorella's anger has been on simmer since he took over as coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

It finally boiled over Saturday night and helped spur his team to victory.

Tortorella lit into the Canucks with an emotional tirade during a second-period timeout after they gave up the lead and Vancouver responded by blowing out the Boston Bruins for a 6-2 victory that extended their winning streak to seven games.

"That was 10 out of 10," said Canucks forward David Booth, who restored Vancouver's lead just 1:20 later. "He was fired up there and it got the guys going. ... That was a turning point for us and changed the outcome of the game."

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves as Vancouver won its seventh straight to finish a five-game homestand with a perfect record.

"We weren't playing well," said Tortorella, before adding it was "none of your business" when asked what he said during the timeout.

Jannik Hansen, Chris Higgins, Yannik Weber and Christopher Tanev had the other goals for Vancouver, which is 8-1-1 in its last 10.

Daniel Sedin, Mike Santorelli and Brad Richardson added two assists each as the Canucks thumped the Bruins in their first visit to Rogers Arena since Boston's victory in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

Reilly Smith had both goals for the Bruins, who lost their four-game winning streak.

A shaky Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 23 shots for Boston, which has been hit hard by injuries and had a flu bug go through its locker room this week. Chad Johnson replaced Rask after the Canucks' fourth goal, making four stops in relief.

"I'm not going to make any excuses. I was pretty bad today," Rask said. "I thought we played a good game as a team. I wasn't able to help too much."

The turning point came at 4:11 of the second period when Tortorella called his timeout after Smith tied the score 1-1.

The Bruins were all over the Canucks before the goal and Tortorella unleashed a verbal barrage reminiscent of his coaching stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

Whatever he said worked.

Booth restored the Canucks' lead shortly after with his fourth goal of the season, firing a shot from the left wing that went through Rask to send the usually subdued Rogers Arena crowd into a frenzy.



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