Cassidy wins 2nd straight as Bruins' coach, 4-3 over Canucks

BOSTON (AP) David Pastrnak scored with two minutes left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins won their second straight game under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Cassidy took over earlier in the week when the Bruins fired Claude Julien, who was in his 10th season and coached the team to a 2011 Stanley Cup win. Boston also won in Cassidy's debut, 6-3 over San Jose on Thursday.

Frank Vatrano had a goal and two assists, and Kevan Miller and Colin Miller each had a goal for the Bruins, who posted their fifth win in seven games.

Backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 29 saves for Boston. Ryan Miller had 26 for the Canucks.

The Canucks had made it 3-all on Markus Granlund's goal with 5:37 left in the third.

Pastrnak took a pass along the left wing, slid the puck backward to himself before recollecting it and slipping a wrister past Ryan Miller.

Bo Horvat scored for Vancouver, giving him 100 career points. He's the first Canucks player to reach that mark at 21 years old or younger since Petr Nedved did it at 21 in 1993. Alexandre Burrows had the other goal.

Colin Miller one-timed Jimmy Hayes' drop pass with a rising shot into the net, pushing Boston ahead 3-2 early in the third.

Down 2-1, the Canucks tied it on Borrows' goal out of a scramble with six-tenths of a second left in the second, his first since Dec. 31.

With Boston trailing 1-0, Kevan Miller took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Spooner and fired a wrister that beat Ryan Miller.

Vatrano one-timed a shot into the net from the bottom of the right circle with 38 seconds left in the opening period to make it 2-1. It's the seventh straight game in which Boston scored on a power play.

With the fans barely settled into their seats after the Bruins honored the Super Bowl champion Patriots during an on-ice pregame ceremony, Vancouver moved ahead 1-0 when Horvat scored on a rebound 4:56 into the game.

NOTES: Fourteen members of the Patriots were on hand, wearing Bruins jerseys with their names and numbers on the back. Running back James White dropped the ceremonial first puck. ... Bruins D Zdeno Chara was back after missing the last game and three days because of an illness. ... There was a moment of silence before the game for Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Illitch, who died Friday at 87. ... LW Peter Cehlarik made his NHL debut for the Bruins when Matt Beleskey was a healthy scratch. ... The teams meet in Vancouver on March 13.

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Canucks: At Buffalo on Sunday in the fourth of a six-game road trip.

Bruins: Host longtime rival Montreal on Sunday night in the finale of a four-game homestand.

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