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Canucks down Bruins 6-2

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves Saturday as the Vancouver Canucks routed the Boston Bruins 6-2 for their seventh straight victory.

Jannik Hansen, David Booth, Chris Higgins, Yannik Weber and Christopher Tanev also scored for Vancouver (20-10-5), which finished its five-game homestand with a perfect record and is 8-1-1 in its last 10. Daniel Sedin, Mike Santorelli and Brad Richardson added two assists each.

The game marked the Bruins' first visit to Rogers Arena since their victory over the Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

Luongo, who picked up the 65th shutout of his career in Friday's 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, made a big blocker save early in the third on a deflection by Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron before Weber put the game out of reach and ended Rask's night when he blasted a one timer past for his first of the season at 1:34.

The Canucks, who were coming off back-to-back shutouts, have allowed just eight goals during their seven-game winning streak.

The Bruins got word earlier in the day that tough guy Shawn Thornton had been suspended 15 games for his attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7.

Both the Canucks and Bruins downplayed Saturday's rematch of the 2011 Cup final, but the energy and emotion in the stands and on the ice was palpable in the first period and carried on throughout the night.

Earlier in the period, Bruins forward Jarome Iginla appeared to injure his left his hand in a fight with Kesler. He left for the locker-room after the fight but returned for the start of the second period.

Before Hansen gave Vancouver the lead, Canucks defenceman Yannik Weber beat Rask through the pads off the rush only to see the puck cleared out of the crease by Boston's Kevan Miller.

Notes: The Canucks defeated the Bruins 4-3 in Boston on Jan. 7, 2012, in the only other meeting between the two teams since their final. Cory Schneider started in goal for Vancouver in that one. ... Boston hosts Vancouver on Feb. 4. ... The Canucks open a three-game road trip on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Wild. Vancouver then visits the Dallas Stars on Thursday and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. ... Boston is home to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

The Canadian Press


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