Vancouver (10-4-1) at Boston (9-2-2)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Nov 15, 2003
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The Boston Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks in an early season matchup of the two best teams in the NHL.

The Bruins shot to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, doing all their scoring in the first period.

“We have a big team and when we play big and strong down low, it’s tough for teams to contain us,” rookie coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought we did a great job in the first period.”

Sullivan was equally impressed with his team’s defensive effort the remainder of the game.

“That was one of the challenges,” Sullivan said. “It was good to get up by that many goals, but there was a lot of hockey left. We learned that lesson the hard way a couple of times this season. It’s something we have to get better at and it’s something we talked about all game.”

Felix Potvin stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of the season and the 30th of his 12-year career.

“We’ve been struggling with the lead this year and for my part I wanted to make sure I stayed focused and didn’t give them a chance to get back in the game,” Potvin said.

Andrew Raycroft, who has thus far split time with Potvin, has also excelled, posting a 1.88 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.

Though the Bruins are ranked 27th in penalty killing, they are allowing just 2.01 goals per game.

Boston is riding a four-game unbeaten streak and has points in eight straight games.

Vancouver leads the Western Conference despite a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Canucks came in having not allowed more than three goals in any game this season.

Goaltender Johan Hedberg, who missed the previous game due to a sore ankle, made 23 saves in suffering his first loss of the season in five starts.

“Terrible,” Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said when asked about Hedberg’s performance. “He wasn’t good and I probably shouldn’t have started him.”

Defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who returned after sitting out Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota, had one assist in the loss on Friday.

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