BOSTON -- The Bruins knotted up the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece behind a 38-save, 4-0 shutout by Tim Thomas on Wednesday at TD Garden.
The Bruins got two goals from Rich Peverley, who took Nathan Horton’s spot on the first line. Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, and the penalty kill again blanked the Vancouver power play, killing off six Canucks power plays.
The series shifts to Vancouver for Game 5 on Friday.
Seguin back on third line; Peverley to first. With Horton out for the remainder of the finals after suffering a severe concussion in Game 3, Tyler Seguin was inserted back into the lineup at the third-line right-wing slot with Chris Kelly at center and Michael Ryder on the left side. Seguin and Ryder have had some good chemistry, and in Game 4, they found it again, as Seguin got the primary assist on Ryder’s second-period goal at 11:11 with Kelly getting the secondary helper.
But it was the other change to the lineup with Peverley moving up to the first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic that had the biggest effect. Peverley brought some blazing speed and explosiveness to the line, and scored two goals. Expect him to stay on that line for Game 5.
Thomas again shows he won’t back down. The Bruins were being outshot 12-6 after the first period but somehow had a 1-0 lead. Yes, Peverley scored a nice goal, but the reason Boston was in that position was the stellar play of Tim Thomas. Thomas made 12 saves in the period and continued his brilliance over the next two, making 38 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs. And in the final two minutes of play, after Alex Burrows knocked Thomas' stick from his hands, Thomas slashed the Canucks agitator on the back of the legs and scuffled with Burrows.
Are the Bruins in Luongo’s head? Roberto Luongo seemed to be rattled after allowing eight goals in Game 3 and let in some softies in the second period, specifically the Ryder goal. Luongo was pulled after Peverley’s second goal 3:39 into the third period. Cory Schneider replaced Luongo and stopped all nine shots he faced. Luongo allowed four goals on 20 shots, leaving the question as to whether coach Alain Vigneault will start Schneider in Game 5, as he did in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Penalty kill gets the job done again. After killing off all eight of the Canucks' power plays and scoring two short-handed goals in Game 3, the Bruins' penalty kill once again shut down the Canucks' power play. Vancouver was 0-for-6 and now is 1-for-22 on the power play in the series.
Krejci is a legit Conn Smythe candidate. Heading into Game 4, Bruins center David Krejci led all remaining players in goals with 11 and points with 20. With his two assists in Game 4, Krejci now has 22 points in 22 games and is a serious Conn Smythe Trophy candidate.
Touching moments at TD Garden before and during the game. Before each Bruins playoff game, the team has an honorary captain go down into the stands and wave a Bruins flag as Audioslave’s “Cochise” blares over the speakers. With it being Game 4, who better to wave the flag than No. 4 Bobby Orr? But when Orr was shown in the spotlight, he was waving a Nathan Horton No. 18 flag, and TD Garden went nuts. During the game, there was a loud ovation for another Bruin who is out for the season with a concussion: Marc Savard, who was shown watching from a suite.