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Bruins shut out Canucks 4-0 after a feisty third period, tie series 2-2

Jun 8, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

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Boston did their thing and played perfect Bruins hockey while Tim Thomas‘ brilliance stymied the Canucks in a 4-0 win in Game 4 to tie the Stanley Cup finals at 2-2.

Thomas stopped 37 shots on goal in earning his third playoff shutout of the season while Rich Peverley proved to be a brilliant replacement on the top line scoring two goals to help pace the Bruins to the win.

The third period would be marred with incidents surrounding Brad Marchand lighting a fire under Vancouver followed by Alex Burrows and Tim Thomas exchanging blows in the closing minutes. All the scrapping goes for naught for Vancouver as they’re headed back home with a lot to figure out as the Bruins protect home ice and even the series.

We’ll have more to come throughout the night.

Here are the highlights from Game 4.

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  1. trbowman - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    This series has been weak. Worst since Sens Ducks. Two blowouts in a row.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      Not bad if you’re a Bruins fan. But seriously, what planet are you on? This has been high-octane hockey. The Garden hit 118 dB in game 3. Enough storylines and sub-plots to keep the blogs humming and the fans happy.

      • trbowman - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:39 AM

        Ya, good if you’re a Bruins fan. 12-1 the past two games. It’s been exciting, but it hasn’t been close since game two. I’m just cheering for a good series.

        Good thing is there’s a good shot at a seventh game, which would be nice.

      • nhlbruins90 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:58 AM

        Well, I’m understandably rooting for a 6-game series with a Boston win on Monday. Vancouver will be a tougher game for Boston, but they’ve figured out how to play this team and I think they’ll still win on Friday. It should be closer though. The Canucks seem to be terrified of TD Garden. I can’t say I blame them.

      • finklekj5 - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Apparently it was 119 dB in game 4. I was there and it was pretty loud.

  2. manhorse69 - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Finally a hockey game broke out. Got a little chippy toward the end but overall the tone of the game was much better than the last two. Burrows continues to show he’s got less class than Snooki or JWow

  3. govtminion - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    I asked on this site yesterday if the Bruins could continue the angry, intense, punish-the-Canucks style they showed off in the last 40 minutes of Game 3. Could the raw emotion from Horton’s injury carry over to a game two days later?

    Answer: Yep. They’re still a little fired up. That was a VERY good performance from the B’s- and finally, it came in a game that didn’t feature a ton of retarded antics about biting, which was refreshing.

    Now, not to question their resolve twice in a row, but… can the Bruins do something like that on the road? If they play like this in Vancouver for Game 5, I’ll be VERY impressed with them.

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