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    Bruins (34-19-7) @ Canucks (39-14-9) - 2/26 Game Thread

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    BOSTON BRUINS @ VANCOUVER CANUCKS

    Saturday: February 26th, 2010 @ 7:00 PM PT
    TV: CBC (HD), RADIO: Team 1040

    GM PLACE



    TEAM LEADERS

    BOSTON.................. VANCOUVER
    Milan Lucic 26....Goals....33 Ryan Kesler
    David Krejci 36....Assists..59 Henrik Sedin
    Patrice Bergeron 49....Points....79 Daniel Sedin
    Brad Marchand 24....+/-....26 Kevin Bieksa
    Shawn Thornton 103......PIM....69 Kevin Bieksa

    GOALTENDER COMPARISON

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    Tim Thomas...Roberto Luongo

    43...GPI...46
    1.99...GAA...2.27
    .939...SV%....924
    7...SO...3

    TEAM STATS

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    ..............................60  	GP  	62
    ..............................34 	W 	39
    ..............................19 	L 	14
    ..............................7 	OT 	9
    ..............................75 	P 	87
    ..............................0.625 	P% 	0.702
    ..............................3.12 	G/G 	3.31
    ..............................2.33 	GA/G 	2.29
    ..............................18.0 	PP% 	25.1
    ..............................81.5 	PK% 	85.5
    ..............................33.5 	S/G 	32.2
    ..............................33.5 	SA/G 	30.2
    ..............................50.9 	FO% 	55.4
    GAME PREVIEW
    Boston Bruins All-Star goaltender Tim Thomas seems to have regained his composure after getting a few games off.

    The NHL-best Vancouver Canucks are hoping a day off can help Roberto Luongo get back on track.

    Thomas looks to help the Northeast Division-leading Bruins win four straight games for the first time since the first few weeks of the season Saturday night when they visit a Canucks team that is looking rather ordinary.

    Thomas has been instrumental to Boston's success, but after surrendering 14 goals in three starts, coach Claude Julien sensed he was hitting a wall and decided to give his 36-year-old star back-to-back games off.

    The rest seemed to do the trick. Thomas made 28 saves and lowered his NHL-leading goals-against average to 1.99 in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Calgary.

    "My legs felt fresher tonight than they have in a little while," said Thomas, who entered Tuesday having lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time all season.

    Thomas appears to be in good position to build on that win, having recorded a shutout in each of his two career starts against the Canucks.

    Tuesday's victory was the third in a row for the Bruins (34-19-7), who haven't won four straight since Oct. 10-21. They're four points ahead of second-place Montreal in the Northeast.

    While Vancouver's lead over Minnesota in the Northwest Division seems to be safe, the Western Conference leader hasn't played much like a Stanley Cup contender lately.

    Some of these problems have stemmed from the play of Luongo, who is 1-3-0 with an .899 save percentage after winning six straight starts while posting a .950 save percentage.

    After making 22 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Montreal, his first regulation home defeat since Dec. 5, Luongo got the night off Thursday against St. Louis. Backup Cory Schneider stopped 28 shots in a 3-2 victory for the Canucks (39-14-9), who have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games.

    Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Mikael Samuelsson and Sami Salo, but again ran into trouble in the second, allowing two goals 74 seconds apart. Six of the 10 goals the Canucks have allowed in the last four games have come in the second period.

    "For some reason we've struggled in the second periods at times and we were flat there after a good first," Schneider said.

    The Canucks will have to be prepared for a Boston team which has tallied 13 goals while winning three straight after scoring just six in losing the previous three. The line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton is leading this turnaround, combining for five goals and eight assists during the winning streak.

    "Our game kind of fell off in January because we weren't making smart plays. We were coughing up pucks, weren't moving like we usually do," said Lucic, Boston's leader with 26 goals and a Vancouver native. "These last couple of games, we're skating again, we're strong on the puck and we're winning battles. If we want to be an effective line, that's what we need to do."

    These teams haven't met since Luongo stopped 41 shots in Vancouver's 3-2 shootout win in Boston last February.
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    Would like to be positive here, but....the Canucks are 5-4-0 over their last 9 games, the results being:

    W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W......you know what comes next if this pattern continues

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    Big, big game. I wil be watching this. Kesler scores early and often. ____ you Tim Thomas.
    Last edited by GrkGawdofWalkz; 02-25-2011 at 09:56 PM.

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    SCF preview.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
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    A possible preview. They still as of now have to go through Philadelphia.

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    Among the biggest games of the year for us. Must win.
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    According to you guys every game is a must win lol

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    And the players should have that same mentality.
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    True to an extent, I don't think you can consider every game a must win, and still bounce back from losses. I think you take each game one at a time, and you play your *** off, and if you still lose you just say whatever.

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    When you play a team you could see in the playoffs you really have to play hard and show them you will kick their *** if you meet in the playoffs.
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    There in the eastern conference, there is barely a chance we play them.

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    I just want us to show up so some of the eastern media can see we're capable of playing against their teams. Even though it is a late start time im sure we'll still get a lot of attention based on the matchup.
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    Agreed sf.
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    Yeah and don't get me wrong, I want us to win, and win big.

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    Beating Boston, who in my opinion is best or 2nd best in the East would be a really nice win to add to what we have done this season.
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