After watching a Vancouver Canucks win from the bench in perhaps his least favorite NHL arena, Roberto Luongo figures to be back in net Monday night in a far less threatening venue.
Luongo makes a rare return to the building where he spent five seasons as the Florida Panthers' netminder, looking to extend his former club's slump and his current team's surge.
The Canucks (26-13-3) began their four-game road trip Saturday in Boston, where Luongo struggled mightily during last season's Stanley Cup finals en route to a seven-game defeat.
He was taunted even though backup Cory Schneider, a Boston-area native, got the start as Vancouver defeated the Bruins 4-3 in a chippy first meeting since the championship series. The Canucks took advantage of an undisciplined Boston club, going 4 for 11 on the power play to boost their league-leading percentage to 24.4.
"I think it makes a statement to the rest of the league that we're back and we're looking forward to getting back to where we were...