Nucks gameday skate: Bruins in Van City for first game since 2011 cup final

Hello Again Old Foe

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The Vancouver Canucks host the Boston Bruins in their long-awaited return to Rogers Arena tonight over two years after their victory in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final.

With pride and a pair of undefeated streaks on the line the Canucks and Bruins are poised for a spirited bout on Hockey Night in Canada.

Luongo Locked In

After shutting out the Edmonton Oilers last night Roberto Luongo will return to the crease to take on the Boston Bruins once again on home ice. Luongo made 19 saves against the Oilers last night but can expect a heavier work load in part two against a proven Bruins team.

Garrison Getting It Done

Jason Garrison lead the Canucks with three assists last night against the Oilers, adding to an already impressive scoring burst.

Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo remains in the crease tonight to face an old foe.

Garrison now has one goal and eight assists over his last six games which has played a big part in Vancouver’s recent winning streak.

Look for Garrison to get open and let that big shot fly when the Canucks find themselves with the man advantage.

Battered Bruins

The Boston Bruins are one seriously beat up hockey team. Battling injury, suspension, and the flu, the Bruins will need to summon all the energy they can tonight in what promises to be an emotional game at Rogers Arena.

The Bruins will be without Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, and the exiled Shawn Thornton tonight.

Familiar Foe

Jarome Iginla may not have been with the Bruins during their 2011 Cup run, however he is a veteran when it comes to emotional games against the Canucks.

Iginla has had his fair share of battles in Vancouver, but the former Flames captain will have to take on a new role tonight in his first game at Rogers Arena with the new team.

Iginla tallied 28 goals and 45 assists in 89 regular season games against the Canucks during his career in Calgary and enters tonight’s game on a hot streak with three goals in his last three games.

No Such Thing As Tired

While tonight’s game is the second in back-to-back nights for the Canucks after enjoying three days rest earlier this week the team has no excuses in a statement game for the Canucks.

While John Tortorella was quick to downplay the importance of tonight’s game for his team I feel the scars run deeper for those who were there to feel the sting of falling one game short of the Stanley Cup.


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