Vancouver (21-15-3) at Atlanta (12-21-5) 7:30 p.m. EST
ATLANTA (Ticker) — A repeat performance by Jason LaBarbera will
go a long way in helping the Vancouver Canucks win consecutive
games for the first time in more than two weeks.
The new Canucks goaltender is expected to be in net again when
Vancouver faces the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.
LaBarbera, who joined Vancouver late Tuesday in a trade with the
Los Angeles Kings, made 31 saves in a 2-1 win over the Nashville
With All-Star netminder Roberto Luongo and Curtis Sanford
sidelined with injuries, the Canucks acquired LaBarbera in
exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2009.
“I wanted to establish my position because I’ve had tough luck
against Nashville in the past so it was good for me to get that
win against them,” said LaBarbera, a native of the Vancouver
suburb of Burnaby. “When the buzzer went off at the end of the
game, it was pretty amazing for me.”
The Canucks are 3-4-0 in their last seven and have not won
back-to-back games since wins over Florida and Edmonton in
Atlanta has lost four straight games, including a 3-1 defeat to
Carolina Wednesday. Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his team-leading
37th point with the first goal of the game.
Kari Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg have alternated the last four
games in net. Hedberg stopped 43 shots in an overtime loss to
the Maple Leafs on Tuesday while Lehtonen gave up three
unanswered goals against the Hurricanes.