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Vancouver Canucks, Roberto Luongo beat down on Beantown, 6-2 (VIDEO)
Saturday's win may not win back a Stanley Cup, but it helps a little.
Three years ago, the Vancouver Canucks collapsed on home ice, dropping a 4-0 game to the Boston Bruins as Zdeno Chara lifted hockey's holy grail higher than any other captain could (because he's huge) and the city was torched by its own citizens only blocks away.
And while the Canucks denied the importance of last night's game – the return of the Bad Bruins to the same venue they once guzzled down champagne in – they looked very aware of the situation on Saturday night.
Roberto Luongo was at his best, making 39 saves in a 6-2 win. Ryan Kesler threw down with Jarome Iginla. So did Dan Hamhuis. Boston still managed to corral several chances, but they were snuffed out. The luck transferred to Vancouver and the Canucks, who opened the scoring off Jannik Hansen's knuckleball slapshot from centre ice, and they pressed on to pound Boston, taking a 6-1 lead before Reilly Smith got one back for the Bruins.
The Canucks laid a beatdown on Beantown that was, for the 20,000 in attendance and the thousands (million?) of others watching on the tube, one painful loss and 30 months in the making.
VIDEO: Ryan Kesler fights Jarome Iginla (reaction below)...