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Morning Skate: Thursday, July 19

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Morning Skate: Thursday, July 19

Good buddy James Murphy from ESPNBoston.com says that sources are telling him that the Bruins wont be dealing Milan Lucic or David Krejci this summer. That goes right in line with Peter Chiarellis desire to keep him hockey team together.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the details on a front-loaded offer sheet getting sent to restricted free agent Shea Weber by the Philadelphia Flyers, and theres a 5050 chance he ends up in Philly.

Calmness prevails in New York City as the NHL and the NHLPA have a wide gap to bridge in their labor talks.

Interesting interview with SBNation.com where Steve Moore has some complimentary things to say about Todd Bertuzzi after the cheap shot incident that has linked them forever moving forward.

An interesting train of thought from Greg Wyshynski, who says that almighty television will have a say when the CBA finally gets done.

It must be the height of the offseason because ESPN.com is wondering whos the best individual player wearing No. 17 these days in the NHL.

Bob Ryan speaks about Kevin Youkilis return to Boston, and also says a few words about retiring from the Boston sports media after a long, glorious, storied run as a full-time columnist with the Boston Globe. Ryan wont be disappearing, however. The good news is hell still be writing columns on a part-time basis for the Globe.

Return of Patrice Bergeron, David Backes propels Bruins to win over Canucks

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Return of Patrice Bergeron, David Backes propels Bruins to win over Canucks

BOSTON – The Bruins were hoping for a big boost from the return of Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to the lineup, and that’s exactly what they got in a solid 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday night. 

Bergeron finished with a goal and three assists and a plus-2 rating in the win, and it appeared his return to the Boston lineup was exactly what the doctor ordered for a hockey club in need of a little direction. 

Vancouver actually scored the first goal of the game, but then the Bruins exploded for the next four goals in the first period including three power play goals courtesy of a five minute major boarding penalty on Erik Gudbranson. The mammoth Canucks D-man slammed Frank Vatrano from behind against the end boards, and David Pastrnak, Anders Bjork and David Krejci all tallied power play strikes within 1:37 of each other. 

The Pastrnak score was the beauty of the bunch as he took the puck coast-to-coast through the teeth of the Vancouver penalty kill, and completely faked out Michael Del Zotto before snapping a forehand bid past Anders Nilsson. 

Prior to the PP outburst, Derek Dorsett drew first blood for Vancouver on a wobbly bid from the slot and then Anders Bjork followed with his second NHL goal after tapping home the rebound of a Patrice Bergeron bid from the perimeter. 

Brad Marchand teamed up with linemates Bergeron and Bjork for his fourth goal of the season to make it 5-1 in the second period, and then Vancouver managed to get a couple of goals from Thomas Vanek and Bo Horvat to make for an interesting final period. 

Bergeron made certain that it was a happy ending for the Black and Gold by burying his first goal of the season and his fourth point of the night on a power play strike to ice the game. Anton Khudobin was strong stepping in for the injured Tuukka Rask and stopped 26-of-29 shots for his second victory of the season.