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|VAN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
Whatever problems have ailed the Vancouver Canucks this season, they've gone away in front of their home crowd.
The Canucks will look to continue their early offensive outburst at General Motors Place on Tuesday when they play the Boston Bruins, who are coming off a pair of victories they've captured in the closing minutes.
Vancouver struggled offensively toward the end of its six-game road trip last week, scoring six total goals while dropping the final three games of the 2-4 trip. Their special teams were also ineffective on the road, as they went 2-for-24 on the power play and killed just 21 of 30 penalties.
None of that was an issue on Saturday, when the Canucks (4-4-0) were 4-for-6 with the man advantage while killing all four Edmonton power plays in their 6-3 victory at home. Jannik Hansen and Mason Raymond each scored a pair of goals for Vancouver, with Kyle Wellwood posting the game-winner early in the third period.
"We need this type of game every night. We did a good job and we responded, now we have to put it behind us and get ready for the next one," goalie Roberto Luongo told the Canucks' official Web site. "Just because we won tonight doesn't mean were going to win Tuesday. We've got to make sure we're ready to play and compete like we did tonight."
That was only Vancouver's second home game, but their first one went even better. The Canucks beat Calgary 6-0 in their season opener on Oct. 9, and they're one of just two remaining NHL teams without a loss at home.
The Bruins (4-2-3), meanwhile, have played well on the road, going 3-1-2 away from home.
They began a three-game swing through western Canada with a 1-0 overtime victory over the Oilers on Monday night, as defenseman Dennis Wideman ended a night of offensive frustration with a power play goal on the Bruins' 36th shot with less than two minutes remaining in the extra session.
Having gone 0-3 in shootouts this season, the Bruins were glad to have avoided another one. They used similar last-minute heroics in their previous game, as Vancouver native Milan Lucic capped off his hat trick with the game-winner with 1:41 left in the third period of a 5-4 win over Atlanta.
The 20-year-old Lucic, who has seven points in nine games for the Bruins, hasn't faced his hometown team, as Boston and Vancouver didn't meet during Lucic's rookie season in 2007-08.
The clubs last faced off on Dec. 21, 2006, a 2-0 Bruins win in Boston, while the Bruins haven't been to Vancouver since Dec. 4, 2005, when the Canucks won 5-2. Their last win in British Columbia was a 6-3 victory on Oct. 16, 2002.
Boston goalie Manny Fernandez has seen more of the Canucks. A former Northwest Division rival with Minnesota, Fernandez has won his last four decisions against Vancouver, compiling a 1.78 goals-against average in five appearances over that span.
Teammate Tim Thomas made 27 saves in Monday's shutout, and he blanked the Canucks with 39 stops in his lone appearance against them, but Fernandez figures to be on track to get Tuesday's start. The Bruins have alternated goalies for each game this season, and Fernandez stopped 28 shots in the victory over Atlanta in his last start.
Luongo is 10-8-0 with three ties and a 2.51 GAA in his career against the Bruins, but he hasn't faced them since joining the Canucks before the 2006-07 season.
|Oct 28 '08||BOS 1 at VAN 0||M. Ryder|