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Goalie nods: Luongo back in Boston, marquee matchup at MSG

Feb 4, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Luongo returns to Boston

Roberto Luongo will make his first start at TD Garden since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when Vancouver takes on the Bruins tonight.

Eddie Lack has been in goal for Vancouver’s last two games — a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg and Monday’s 2-0 defeat in Detroit — so Luongo should be well-rested and ready to exorcise the demons that haunted him in Boston three years ago, when he allowed 15 goals over three games and got hooked twice.

The veteran netminder has played pretty well in January, going 3-4-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage. He’ll be up against Tuukka Rask tonight.

Lundqvist vs. Varlamov at Madison Square

Great goaltending matchup in New York as Henrik Lundqvist gets the start for the Rangers, going up against Avs No. 1 Semyon Varlamov.

Lundqvist, who won the ’12 Vezina and was a finalist last year, will face one of the leading candidates for this year’s award. Varlamov has been nothing short of outstanding all year long, ranking among the league leaders in wins (28), GAA (2.45) and save percentage (.925).

Elsewhere…

Jets at Hurricanes: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Anton Khudobin

Flames at Canadiens: Reto Berra vs. Carey Price

Maple Leafs at Panthers: Jonathan Bernier vs. Tim Thomas

Islanders at Capitals: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Michal Neuvirth

Senators at Blues: Robin Lehner vs. Jaroslav Halak

Lightning at Wild: Ben Bishop vs. Darcy Kuemper

Stars at Coyotes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Mike Smith

  1. joey4id - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I know I’m stating the obvious, but, this is such a big game for the Nucks. Matter of fact the next three games before the Olympic break are huge. You know Luongo wants to play well to ready himself for the Olympics, and Thursday they play the Habs where another goalie wants the net in Sochi. Then they play the Leafs who are 8-1-1 in the last 10. All eyes on Torts. I hope he can behave during those pressers that he despises so much.

    • 7mantel - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I for one miss Torts post game interviews!

      • joey4id - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Hahahaha! They can be very entertaining. But! He’s got to be careful not to shoot himself in the foot. He wasn’t very good last night after the game versus the Wings. Well! He was good, but bad for him.

  2. spezzdispenser - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Only an hour a day!! Thanks Helen!!!

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