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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Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.