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Vancouver returns for first home game since Jan. 27

Friday, 03.12.2010 / 11:06 PM / Game Previews

NHL.com

For the first time since Jan. 27, there will be NHL hockey at GM Place on Saturday night.

With the Winter Olympics now history, the Vancouver Canucks play their first home game in 45 days, a meeting with the Ottawa Senators at 10 p.m. ET (CBC).

The Canucks went 8-5-1 on their marathon 14-game road trip, the longest in NHL history. The last game was a 4-3 shootout loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Senators had Friday off after a 2-0 loss at Calgary on Thursday.

The Senators-Canucks game, to be shown on CBC, is the last one on Saturday's nine-game schedule.

The action begins at 1 p.m. ET when the Chicago Blackhawks visit Philadelphia, where the Flyers lost 5-1 to Boston on Thursday. Chicago has been off since a 3-2 overtime win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

At 4 p.m. ET, the San Jose Sharks host Florida. The Sharks have trailed after two periods in each of their last three games and rallied to win all three -- including an 8-5 victory over Nashville on Thursday. That game ended about 90 minutes after the Panthers lost 3-0 at Colorado.

Saturday's remaining six games all start at 7 p.m. ET.

Boston visits Montreal in a battle of the last two playoff teams in the East. The Canadiens have won four in a row after beating Edmonton 5-4 in a shootout on Thursday. The game can be seen on CBC, RDS and on the NHL Network in the United States.

The Oilers move from Montreal to Toronto, where the Leafs have won back-to-back overtime games this week, including a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

New Jersey will try to follow up Friday's big 3-1 win over Pittsburgh with a victory on Long Island. The Islanders have dropped four in a row, including a 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis on Thursday.

The Blues, one of the NHL's best road teams, head for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have won back-to-back games, including a 2-1 home win over Atlanta on Thursday.

Phoenix begins a swing through the Southeast with a visit to Carolina. The red-hot Hurricanes beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in OT on Thursday to improve to 13-3-1 in their last 17 games.

In the other 7 p.m. game, Buffalo will try to bounce back from a 3-2 home loss to Minnesota when it visits Detroit. The Wings had Friday off after hammering the Wild 5-1 at home on Thursday.



I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round