BOSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton displayed the strength of his wrists and his uncanny puck-handling ability as he skated in on a breakaway from center ice and fired a bouncing puck past goaltender Jacques Cloutier with 1:12 left in the third period to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Friday.
The teams were meeting for the fourth time in the last six years on the day after Thanksgiving and the Bruins snapped a six-game winless streak (0-3-3) against Vancouver, dating to October 17, 1997.
Boston outplayed the Canucks through the first two periods, holding a 22-9 advantage in shots, but did not take its first lead of the game until Thornton scored his ninth goal of the season.
Goaltender John Grahame made just his fourth appearance of the season for Boston and allowed two shaky goals, before making several superb saves in the third.
Grahame failed to clear the puck from behind his net, leading to a goal by Trevor Linden off a rebound in the first period, and failed to seal off the left post as Brendan Morrison scored from behind the net 2:50 into the third period, giving Vancouver a 2-1 lead.
Brian Rolston scored off of his own rebound from in front of the net 2:11 after Morrison's goal to tie the game.
The Canucks are 6-37-7 at Boston, their worst road record against any opponent.