Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Three

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


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).


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

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.