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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – After having three days off in Vancouver for practice and team bonding, the Boston Bruins are ready to get back to work on the ice as they take on the Canucks tonight. 

 Lucic, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Nathan Horton during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
“It will be good to get back in action here,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, “But a few days off this time of year is never a bad thing for your hockey club.

“I think we took advantage of it with some new faces, guys getting a chance to spend some time together, so hopefully it’s going to be a positive thing for us. “

Tonight, the Bruins will face the NHL-leading Canucks in the fourth game of their current six-game road-swing. 

With just a 4-7-2 record against the Western Conference and a 2-1-0 mark against the Northwest Division, the Bruins are looking for tonight’s game to show them just how good they can be against the best of the NHL.

“Yeah, exactly. It’s no secret they’ve been having a great year this year,” Bruins winger Milan Lucic said after the B’s morning skate today when asked if this game could be used as a measuring stick for Boston.

“From the first line to the fourth line, from the first D to the sixth D, everyone has been playing well on the Canucks here.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us, a big test and it’s going to be a good measuring stick to see where we are.”

Despite taking on the league leaders, the Bruins are happy to get back on the ice in game mode.

“Guys are pretty excited to get things going and get the game mode going,” said Lucic, who was honored by his former junior team, the Vancouver Giants last night. 

“We’ve only had one game in the last six days so guys are excited and refreshed and it’s going to be a big challenge tonight.”

---Hannah Becker
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