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Roberto Luongo will looking to erase some painful memories as he leads the Vancouver Canucks against the Bruins tonight. wholesale jerseys . Luongo will be making his first start at the TD Garden since Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when he surrendered three first period goals in a potential Cup-clinching game for the Canucks. The Canucks will try to avoid matching their longest winless streak of the season on Tuesday night as they visit the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins. The Canucks have lost four straight in regulation, one setback shy of their longest stretch without a win this season done twice before. Vancouver was able to earn some points over those earlier droughts, going 0-3-2 from Nov. 9-19 and 0-2-3 from Dec. 30-Jan. 7. Vancouver is holding on to the eighth spot in the Western Conference by just a single point over the Phoenix Coyotes and were unable to get a spark from the return of both coach John Tortorella and captain Henrik Sedin on Monday. Tortorella returned to the bench after serving a 15-day suspension for his actions in a game versus the Calgary Flames on Jan. 18, missing six games. Sedin was absent for each one due to a rib injury that halted his consecutive games played streak at 679 and was held off the scoresheet in last nights 2-0 setback to the Detroit Red Wings. Eddie Lack made 28 saves in the second contest of a five-game road trip, but Detroit got eight saves from Jonas Gustavsson in the first period before he exited due to dizziness. Jimmy Howard stopped all 16 Vancouver shots he faced the rest of the way. "We cant buy a win right now," Lack said. "Im trying to do my job and keep us in every game. Its tough." After Detroit scored the games first goal early in the second period, David Booth was hooked on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. However, Howard turned his chance aside to leave the Canucks and Tortorella frustrated. "We need to change the complexion of our hockey club, either with our play or with different people, because we looked like a slow hockey team tonight," noted Tortorella. "Were going to keep on banging away to try and get better, but its very frustrating to see the same looks. It worries me. Ill leave it at that." One change that could happen tonight is the insertion of defenseman Raphael Diaz into the lineup. He was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday for forward Dale Weise. Diaz could make his debut with the Canucks tonight after notching 11 assists and a minus-4 rating in 43 games with the Habs this season. Hell help fill a void on the back end left by injuries to Kevin Bieksa (foot) and Christopher Tanev (thumb). The Bruins will host the Canucks to close a four-game homestand and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. That stretch includes a disappointing and lackluster 4-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday, but Boston rebounded to secure a 4-0 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Chad Johnson made 22 saves in his first shutout of the season and second of his career, while Boston scored three times in the third period to break open a close game. Dougie Hamilton started the burst 6:43 into the frame before Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug followed with goals. David Krejci also lit the lamp and Zdeno Chara added a pair of assists for the Bruins, who posted 19 of their 41 shots in the third period. "Well, I think so -- a much better game tonight in all aspects of it," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien comparing the game to Thursdays loss to Montreal. "Thought that goal by Dougie kind of made everybody relax a little bit more and our game seemed to get better after that too." Boston leads the Tampa Bay Lightning by four points for the top spot in the division and will have Chara in the lineup tonight for the last time before the Olympic break. The hulking defenseman will not play on Thursday in St. Louis or Saturday versus Ottawa as he had earlier been selected to carry Slovakias flag during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The Bruins have lost three of their last four versus the Canucks, including a 6-2 setback on Dec. 14 that marked the first time the two clubs met in Vancouver since Boston won Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Tuukka Rask got the start for the Bruins, but was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 23 shots. He fell to 0-1-1 with a 3.38 goals against average in his career versus the Canucks. Sedin had a goal and an assist in the victory, while Roberto Luongo posted 39 saves to improve to 12-10-3 in his career versus Boston with a 2.38 GAA and four shutouts. cheap jerseys . Its been a long and unpredictable campaign that has ultimately led them back to Wisconsin, where five months later they would make history on the same court where it all began. With their 102-98 victory at Bradley Center on Saturday, the Raptors picked up their 21st road win of the season, a franchise record, also assuring theyll finish the year with a winning record away from home for the first time in team history. cheap nfl jerseys . - Dane Fox scored twice, including the winner, as the Erie Otters edged the visiting Saginaw Spirit 4-3 in overtime on Saturday to take Game 2 of their Ontario Hockey League first-round series.NEW ORLEANS -- LaMarcus Aldridge asserted himself in a halftime huddle with his Portland Trail Blazers teammates, imploring them to snap out of their recent funk. Then he took his own advice. Aldridge scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, and Portland snapped a three-game skid with an 84-77 victory over the slumping New Orleans Hornets on Monday. "That was a good wake-up call by him," Portland forward Nicolas Batum said of Aldridge. "He took over the game and thats why hes our go-to guy." Batum added 19 points in a reserve role and Gerald Wallace scored 14 for Portland, which blew open a tie game early in the third quarter with a 17-2 run during which Aldridge made all five of his shots for 10 points. "I just started trying to be more attack-minded, going to basket, more confident," Aldridge said. "I felt like I was kind of hesitant in the first half, kind of just out there, so I just wanted to be more aggressive going to the basket and try to make things happen." Aldridge made just one of his first seven shots before finishing 10 of 17 to go with nine rebounds. Wesley Matthews added 10 points for Portland. Jarrett Jack scored 21, while Emeka Okafor added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, whove lost four straight and 10 of 11. The Hornets were plagued by poor perimeter shooting, going 0 of 9 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 19 times. "Weve hit a funk. Theres no denying that. But you have to continue to compete," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "We get to play basketball and we get paid. ... A lot of people would love to have our problems. ... Youve got to keep fighting and value your occupation and take it seriously." After trailing by 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Hornets pulled to 79-71 on Okafors short baseline jumper with under three minutes to go. But Batum responded with a three-pointer with 2:25 left to make it 82-71, and the Hornets were unable to threaten after that. "Sure it was ugly but we needed a win and well take it," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We know we can play better and we know well have to play better, but were happy with the win." The score was tied at 37 when Jason Smith hit a jumper in the opening minute of the second half. Aldridge then began Portlands decisive run with a jumper, tip-inn and an inside basket in quick succession. wholesale nfl jerseys. Aldridge added another bucket inside and a smooth 11-foot turnaround fade from the baseline during the surge, which Matthews capped with a three-pointer to make it 54-39. While Portland struggled to find its shooting touch in a tight first half, the Blazers made 54 per cent (19 of 35) of their field goals in the second, and outshot New Orleans 47 per cent (34 of 72) to 41 per cent (28 of 68) for the game. They also combined for 25 assists, 12 by Raymond Felton. Chris Kaman scored 12 points for the Hornets but made only 6 of his 15 shots. "Weve all got to look in the mirror and see where we need to step up," Kaman said. "Its definitely tough. Weve been doing a good job defensively so thats all you can ask for. Weve got to get better with our offence and do a better job taking care of the basketball." Batum, who had 10 of his points in the first half, and Kurt Thomas, who added eight points, helped the Blazers take an early lead that they maintained through the first two quarters. Portland led by as much as nine but squandered chances to pull farther ahead while the Hornets were plagued by a pair of 0-for-7 shooting slumps, as well as an 0-for-5 start from three-point range, during the first two quarters. Mexican rookie Gustavo Ayon came off the bench in the second quarter to help the Hornets close the gap. In his first eight minutes on the floor, he made his first three shots, grabbed three rebounds and had a steal. His driving layup off the glass pulled the Hornets to 32-28. Then Jack, who scored 10 before halftime, pulled New Orleans to 37-35 at the break with a jumper and a pair of free throws. NOTES: New Orleans tied a season low for points allowed in a first half and set a season low for points scored in a first half this season. ... Thomas made his second straight start for Marcus Camby, who is out with a left ankle sprain and listed as day to day. ... New Orleans remained without starters Eric Gordon (right knee) and Trevor Ariza (right groin). Williams said he hoped Ariza would return by the end of this week and Gordon by early next week. ... Each team had one player named as a finalist for the 2012 US Olympic team, Gordon for the Hornets and Aldridge for Portland. ... Smith got his 10th career start, seventh as a Hornet. ... Announced attendance was 14,758. ' ' '
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