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BACK IN VANCOUVER: Panthers Hope Tim Thomas' Success Follows Him

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Goalie Tim Thomas earned his 200th career victory Saturday at Colorado and is expected to start Tuesday in his first return to Vancouver since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup from the Canucks in 2011.

Thomas, the playoff MVP that summer, got into a little spat with Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo before Game 6 of that series in which Luongo said "I haven't heard one nice thing he had to say about me, so that's the way it is."

Thomas responded with "I guess I didn't realize it was my job to pump his tires." The Bruins won the final two games of that series.

On Monday, Luongo -- who played with the Panthers from 2000-06 and was traded to Vancouver when this city hosted the NHL draft in 2006 -- posted a picture of a bicycle pump on Twitter page that he's been linked to.

RT @strombone1: Just at Canadian Tire picking up a few essentials for tomorrow's big tilt....... http://t.co/G5tPwuTDCp”

Thomas earned the loss in Vancouver's 4-3 win at Boston on Jan. 7, 2012 although Luongo didn't play that night. Two days later, the Panthers beat Luongo and the Canucks in Sunrise 2-1.

-- Although Thomas won the last time he was on Vancouver ice, the Panthers haven't had much of any success in Vancouver -- and have yet to win a single game in the Canucks' GM Place/Rogers Arena.

Florida has won just one of 12 games played here, winning in its first visit during the expansion season of 1993-94.

Florida is 0-6 (with five ties) since beating the host Canucks on March 7, 1994 -- the only game the two teams played at Pacific Coliseum. Vancouver opened its current arena in 1995.

TUESDAY: PANTHERS AT CANUCKS

When, Where: 10 p.m.; Rogers Arena, Vancouver

TV/Radio: FSNF; WQAM-560

The series: Vancouver leads 11-6-6

Scouting report: The 'Florida Canucks' are expected to have five former Panthers players -- including goalie Roberto Luongo and winger David Booth -- in Tuesday's lineup. Vancouver has lost four straight.

 

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