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Postgame Reaction: Game 4 vs. Vancouver

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins

BOSTON – Capped off by Nathan Horton’s appearance in the locker room, postgame, to present the B’s jacket to Rich Peverley, the Bruins have tied their Stanley Cup Final series with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks tonight in TD Garden.

Marchand upends Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals at the TD Garden in Boston, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
“Obviously, it’s good to see him. It’s good to see him smile. He’s a great guy and friend, so it was good,” Bruins forward David Krejci said of seeing Horton.

“I can’t describe it.”

Rich Peverley scored twice and Tim Thomas made 38 saves en route to a shutout of the Canucks, as the B’s turned the series into a best-of-three situation. They’ll head back to Vancouver for Game 5 on Friday night.

The B’s got on the board first with a snipe off the stick of Rich Peverley. Peverley blazed through the neutral zone, beat the Canucks defensemen and wristed a shot five-hole through Luongo.

“It was a nice play by Krejci and I tried to gain a lot of speed and I just tried to get a five-hole snuck through,” Peverley said of the goal.

The B’s maintained pressure in the Vancouver zone throughout most of the period, but the Canucks defense did a good job of minimizing Boston’s shots. Meanwhile, the Canucks created some odd man rushes into the Bruins zone and slapped 12 shots on B’s goaltender Tim Thomas in the opening frame, but Thomas stood tall and made the easy, medium and hard saves.

Boston was happy taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but the B’s weren’t done scoring yet. Boston added two more goals in the second period, while still being outshot with a 25-18 shot differential in favor of Vancouver after two.

Clearly, the shots on goal didn’t tell the tale of the game, as the B’s added two more tallies before the first 40 minutes of action were up. Michael Ryder netted the B’s second goal, assisted by linemates Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly. Ryder’s seventh goal of the postseason came at the 11:11 mark and less than two minutes later, Brad Marchand made it 3-0 with a snipe assisted by Patrice Bergeron.

“Segs just had it wide there and I was just on the other side of the ice and he just happened to see me.  He threw it across and I didn’t have much speed because the puck was just rolling,” Ryder said of his goal.

“I knew I just wanted to get a shot on net.  I think it hit the defenseman’s stick and dipped on [Roberto] Luongo but I’ll take that.”

The Bruins took their 3-0 lead into the second intermission.

Peverley added a second goal for good measure in the third and the B’s went up 4-0. The goal off the skate of Peverley just slipped between Roberto Luongo’s skate and the left post, but it was enough for the Bruins to force Luongo out of the game.

Cory Schneider came in to replace Luongo, and kept the Bruins off the board for the remainder of the game.

“I mean a win is a win, a loss is a loss. I don’t put too much thought into how many goals are scored over the course of a couple of days. It’s just a win. Now we have to focus because that’s not an easy barn to win in,” B’s forward Shawn Thornton said.

“Afterwards we will think about this one for a couple of hours, get some sleep and focus on the next one after that.”

Boston will take the 2-2 series tie to Vancouver where they will focus on winning on visiting ice for the first time this series.

“It’s a great atmosphere,” Thornton said.  “They seem to strive on their home fans so we are going to have to be even better in game five if we’re going to be successful.”

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