Final score: Bruins 4, Canucks 0
By Mark Marino http://www.thehubofhockey.com
BOSTON — When the Boston Bruins play to their game, their potential, and for a full 60-minutes, they’re one tough team to beat.
Tonight, in front of the 17,565 sell-out crowd for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the B’s evened the series 2-2 with the Vancouver Canucks. Game 5 will be in Vancouver on Saturday night.
Box score and third period highlights below:
- The Bruins are now riding a five game win streak at home, and are 9-3 inside the TD Garden this post season
- David Krejci made a backhand tap-pass to Milan Lucic, who then undressed Kevin Bieksa with an inside-out move into the Canucks’ zone. Lucic fed the puck to a crashing Rich Peverley which deflected past Luongo, 4-0. And in came Corey Schneider…which in turn prompted “We Want The Cup” chants from the 17,565 at the TD Garden
- Brad Marchand scored his eighth goal of the playoffs…tying a club record with Mike Krushelnyski (1983) and Bobby Joyce (1988) for the most playoff goals by a rookie in a single season. Marchand now has 2-1-3 totals in his last two games.
- Thomas is riding a shutout streak of 66:07 — allowing one goal on 79 shots (38 tonight) in the last two games — and pitched his third shutout of the Finals. The soon-to-be two-time Vezina winner has an astounding .966 save-percentage in the Cup Finals against Vancouver.
- Rich Peverley had two goals tonight, his third and fourth of the post season. The trade deadline acquisition now has 2-1-3 in his last two straight and 10 points through 22 playoff games.
- Krejci has points in seven of his last eight games (4-7-11 totals) and has posted 11-11-21 in his last 16.
- Emotions ran high in the final two, three minutes of the contest. There were 18 total penalty minutes assigned through the first 57 minutes between both club. But at the 17:33 and 18:09 mark, there were an additional 46 PIM — including three misconducts.
- Boston killed off all four Vancouver power plays tonight…leaving the canucks with just one man-advantage goal in the series on 20 opportunities.
- The B’s went 0-for-4 on their power play opportunities tonight…now 3-for-17 in the series
Check back for more post game recaps and stories later….