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Bo Hor­vat of the Van­cou­ver Canucks bat­tles for a scor­ing chance against Bos­ton Bru­ins goal­tender Jaroslav Halak while be­ing checked by de­fence­man John Moore on Thurs­day night in Bos­ton. Hor­vat – with two goals and two as­sists – helped the Canucks to an 8-5 win.

BOS­TON — The Van­cou­ver Canucks keep on show­ing that they are the sur­prise of the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

Bo Hor­vat had two goals and two as­sists and the Canucks ex­tended their win­ning streak to five games with an 8-5 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Bru­ins on Thurs­day night.

“There is a lot of re­siliency in this room,” Hor­vat said. “We played a pretty good game in Detroit and af­ter a tough loss like that to come back shows a lot. In pre­sea­son, peo­ple didn’t think we were go­ing to be that high-scor­ing of a team, but we keep prov­ing peo­ple wrong and that’s what we need to con­tinue to do.”

Canucks 2017 first round pick Elias Pet­ters­son, de­spite notch­ing an as­sist, built on his rookie scor­ing lead, giv­ing him 17 points on the sea­son. He is a big part of the rea­son the Canucks seemed to have made sig­nif­i­cant strides to start the sea­son.

Loui Eriks­son added two goals and an as­sist and spurred a five-goal out­bust in the sec­ond pe­riod for Van­cou­ver. Ben Hut­ton and Erik Gud­bran­son each had a goal and an as­sist, and An­toine Rous­sel and Jake Vir­ta­nen added goals for the Canucks, who have scored 26 goals in the last five games.

“I had some puck luck to­day prob­a­bly,” Eriks­son said. “We know we have some young guys play­ing, and they are still learn­ing, but they are han­dling their sit­u­a­tions and re­spond­ing well.”

Jake DeBrusk scored twice, Pa­trice Berg­eron, Matt Grzel­cyk and Dan­ton Heinen added goals, and David Kre­jci fin­ished with three as­sists for Bru­ins. Bos­ton lost for the sec­ond time at home this sea­son and has dropped three of five over­all.

Jaroslav Halak came into the game lead­ing the NHL in save per­cent­age, but was pulled af­ter al­low­ing five goals on 19 shots. His re­place­ment, Tuukka Rask, didn’t do much bet­ter, al­low­ing three goals on the first eight shots he faced, in­clud­ing a mis­play of a clear­ing at­tempt that led to the Canucks’ sev­enth goal.

“I was just try­ing to keep it un­der 10,” Rask said sar­cas­ti­cally. “Just try­ing to do dam­age con­trol as it was kind of a crazy game.”

Berg­eron gave the Bru­ins their only lead of the game, 2-1 at 0:36 of the sec­ond, when he beat Ja­cob Mark­strom. Mark­strom made 23 saves in his sixth start of the sea­son.

“Pucks just found a way tonight,” Halak said. “Goalies have to have a short mem­ory, so we need to re­group quickly and get ready for two tough games this week­end.”

Eriks­son and Hut­ton re­sponded for Van­cou­ver by scor­ing in a 1:26 span, and Van­cou­ver moved ahead 3-2 at the 8:28 mark. Af­ter DeBrusk tied it 3-3 at the 11-minute mark, Halak al­lowed an­other pair of goals 1:30 apart for a 5-3 lead at 14:53.

“The prior two years I don’t know if we had the re­siliency,” Gud­bran­son said. “A goal goes in, some­thing bad hap­pens and doubt would creep in, but men­tally we are much stronger this year.”

Niko­lay Goldobin and Markus Gran­lund each added two as­sists for the Canucks who swept the sea­son se­ries from Bos­ton.

NOTES: Canucks for­ward Brock Boeser was sent home to see a spe­cial­ist re­gard­ing his groin in­jury . ... David Backes re­turned to the Bru­ins lineup af­ter miss­ing seven games . ... Bos­ton scored more than three goals for the sec­ond time in 10 games . ... Eriks­son played from 2013-16 with Bos­ton, rack­ing up 62 goals and 147 points . ... Hor­vat’s four points tied a ca­reer high.

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Van­cou­ver Canucks de­fence­man Troy Stecher, top right, joins his team­mates to cel­e­brate a goal by cen­tre Bo Hor­vat dur­ing the third pe­riod of Thurs­day’s game against the Bos­ton Bru­ins.

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