Bruins even series with 4-0 shutout of Canucks


Bruins even series with 4-0 shutout of Canucks

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Tim Thomas made 38 saves, and the Bruins got a pair of goalsfrom Nathan Hortons top-line replacement, Rich Peverley, as they defeatedthe Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, on Wednesday night at TD Garden, evening the Stanley Cup Finals at 2-2.

Peverley put the Bruins up 1-0 with 8:01 left in the firstperiod, after he beat Roberto Luongo five-hole on a breakaway. The play startedwith Zdeno Charas hard cross-ice pass up right wing. David Krejci reached outand tipped it ahead to Peverley, who stepped in all alone from the Vancouverblue line.

Goals from Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand in a span of 2 minutes and 18 secondsin the second period gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

Ryder made it 2-0 by beating Luongo top-right with a snapshot from the top of the left circle that tipped off the blade of Vancouverdefenseman Sami Salo, who reached his stick out for a poke-check attempt.

Marchand added Bostons third goal on a 4-on-4 situation, ashe backhanded a loose puck out front, into top-right corner of the net.

Peverley added his second goal of the night at 3:39 of thethird period, as a Milan Lucic pass out front was poke-checked by Luongo andbounced up off Ryan Kesler, where it then came down off of Peverleys skate andinto the net for the 4-0 lead.

That was it for Luongo, as he was then pulled from the gamein favor of Cory Schneider.

The teams return to Vancouver for Game 5 on Friday night, and Game 6 will be played Monday in Boston. Game 7, if necessary, is scheduled for next Wednesday in Vancouver.

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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: