Boston Bruins Continue Riding The Wave of Momentum from Game 3 in their Game 4 Shutout of the Vancouver Canucks
The Boston Bruins extended their Stanley Cup Final scoring streak to seven consecutive goals with a 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Boston center, Rick Peverley, got the Bruins going with his third playoff goal at the 11:59 mark in the first period. It was the only goal scored in the period and it ended up being all the Bruins needed. Peverley replaced the injured Nathan Horton on Boston's top line and added a second goal early in the third period.
Boston goaltender Tim Thomas stopped all 38 Canuck shots to record the first Boston Stanley Cup Final shutout since 1978. Meanwhile, Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo was pulled in the third period after giving up four goals off of only 20 shots.
Despite the NHL's warning to these teams about keeping their competition between the whistles, the third period featured another handful of skirmishes. Thomas delighted Boston's fans when he slashed Vancouver agitator Alex Burrows with 1:51 to play, precipitating another brawl.
Vancouver needed just one win in Boston to earn the chance to win the franchise's first championship on home ice. Instead, the Canucks headed home with huge questions about their mental toughness, defense and goaltending.
"It's not for lack of effort, not for lack of trying to win," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Give the other team credit. They're playing a smart game, and right now they've been able to shut us down offensively the last two games."
Peverley, a Bruins newcomer after a late-season trade from Atlanta, filled in for Horton on the Bruins' top line, lining up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The hardworking forward isn't known for his scoring touch, but came through twice in the new role.
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is Friday in Vancouver.
Information from the Associated Press and NHL.com was used in this report