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Stanley Cup finals Game 4: Bruins defeat Canucks, 4-0

Depleted in numbers Wednesday but not in spirit, the Boston Bruins overpowered the Vancouver Canucks for the second straight game and turned the Stanley Cup finals into a best-of-three finish.

Rich Peverley scored twice and goaltender Tim Thomas stopped 37 shots as the Bruins, backed by a raucous crowd at TD Garden that included iconic Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr, rolled to a 4-0 victory over the feeble and fumble-fingered Canucks and tied the series at two games each.

Although the Bruins’ lineup lacked first-line winger Nathan Horton, who is recovering from the concussion he suffered as the result of a hit by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome in Game 3, the Bruins romped and chased Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo out of the game at 3:39 of the third period.

Luongo yielded four goals on 20 shots and didn’t look good — but neither did the defense in front of him. The Canucks’ offense was non-existent and their power play scoreless in six tries.

So far the home team has won each game. But the Bruins have outscored the Canucks, 12-1, in the last two games and by a staggering 14-5 overall.

We'll have more on the game soon at


Stanley Cup finals Game 4: Bruins lead, 3-0, after two periods

Stanley Cup finals Game 4: Bruins lead, 1-0, after first period

Bruins-Canucks box score

-- Helene Elliott reporting from Boston

Photo: Boston goalie Tim Thomas, right, gets into a scuffle with Vancouver forward Alex Burrows, center, as Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg pulls back on Burrows during the final minutes of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. Credit: Elise Amendola / Associated Press

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