Rich Peverley scored twice and Tim Thomas made 38 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to tie the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final at two games each.
The Bruins have rallied from a two-game deficit in the best-of-seven series, which resumes with Game 5 in Vancouver tomorrow.
Peverley opened the scoring with a goal after 11 minutes, 59 seconds at TD Garden in Boston last night, and added a second goal 3:39 into the third period. Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand got the other goals just over two minutes apart in the second period.
“Anyone who knows the story of Tim Thomas, he’s taken a real bumpy road to get to the NHL,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters. “He’s had so many obstacles to overcome. It makes him a battler, it makes him the perfect goaltender for our organization.”
Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was replaced after giving up Boston’s fourth goal. After allowing two goals in two games in Vancouver, Luongo gave up 12 goals in less than two games in Boston.
“It was a tough one,” Luongo told reporters. “Three of the goals went off something and in. Obviously, we’re not getting the breaks so it’s just a matter of staying focused. We’ve got home ice advantage for a reason.”
The Canucks lost on their two previous trips to the Stanley Cup Final in 1982 and 1994. The Bruins have been beaten five times in the championship series, most recently in 1990, since they collected the last of their five NHL titles in 1972.