Stanley Cup finals Game 4: Boston 3, Vancouver 0 after two periods
The Bruins scored twice and extended their lead to 3-0 in the second period. Goalie Roberto Luongo looked bad on the first of those goals but everything went wrong for the Canucks on the latter goal, which was scored while the teams were skating four on four.
Boston made it 2-0 at 11:11 on a fluttering shot by Michael Ryder. Vancouver defenseman Sami Salostuck out his stick just as Ryder was shooting but Luongo should have had the shot, which knuckled beneath his glove.
Brad Marchand, continuing a strong performance, made it 3-0 on a short backhander at 13:29. The Canucks couldn’t handle the puck behind their own net and gave it away twice before Patrice Bergeron passed to Marchand, who took full advantage of the gift.
Through two periods, the Bruins had outscored the Canucks, 11-1, in the two games at TD Garden.
There was far less of the nasty, post-whistle nonsense that had marred the previous three games, but each team got its fair share of unpenalized hacks and whacks.
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-- Helene Elliott reporting from Boston
Photo: Boston's Michael Ryder, second from right, celebrates with teammates Chris Kelly, far left, Tyler Seguin, second from left, and Adam McQuaid after scoring in the second period during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. Credit: Charles Krupa / Associated Press