There wasn’t anything flashy about the Bruins win over the Vancouver Canucks, and it’s not a regular season game that anybody is going to remember years from now.

But the Bruins did do an impressive job of clamping the vice grips down on a Canucks offense that hasn’t been quite so effective under John Tortorella, and kept Vancouver’s skaters far away from the net in a 3-1 win at TD Garden. Aside from a shorthanded breakaway bid in the second period for Daniel Sedin, the quality scoring chances for the Canucks were few and far in between.

That’s because the Bruins played a heavy, physical game while leaning on the skilled Vancouver players, and simply wouldn’t surrender the slot to the Canucks’ playmaking forces.

“[Vancouver] came out to play, like we said they would. They’ve got a lot of injuries and everything else, but they competed like a team. Anytime you compete like that, you’re going to get a tough opponent,” said Claude Julien. “We knew that was going to be the case. I just liked the way we handled ourselves. The first period was a little bit of a tough period for us.

“I thought our puck management, or how we moved the puck around, wasn’t great, a lot of passes into skates. So it wasn’t really sharp, but it got better in the second period and the third period. That made a big difference. Overall, I thought our guys stayed the course, and no matter what, nobody panicked. We just played a solid game against a pretty solid team tonight.”

That kind of performance can be chalked up to a Bruins team that played quality defense in their own zone, and also received quality goaltending from Tuukka Rask. It really was a textbook dismantling of a Canucks squad in the second night of back-to-back games while battling out a five-game losing streak.

The vast majority of Vancouver’s 28 shots came from far outside the slot area, and that’s exactly what Boston wants.