12-1. That’s the margin by which the Boston Bruins outscored the Vancouver Canucks in Games 3 and 4. The Bruins cut their goal total from Game 3 in half, only making Roberto Luongo look like Robb Stauber on this evening instead of the Andre Racicot they made of him in the game prior. Luongo took a seat on the bench after Rich Peverley buried his second of the game at 3:39 of the third. Had Alain Vigneault gone against his better judgment and allowed Luongo to stay out there any longer then who knows how many more would have gone in. The end result was a 4-0 shutout from Tim Thomas and the bears.
Words which we could use to describe the Bruins play in Game 4: dominant, controlling, intimidating, embellishment, unrelenting, and shutdown. There are many descriptors we could lean on to help explain the effort put forth by the Canucks not only in Game 4, but throughout the course of the last two contests of the Stanley Cup Final: lifeless, pathetic, chickenshit, embellishment, LOLuongo plus a host of other unbecoming signifiers.
Thanks to the total package Tim Thomas and steady contribution from Boston’s secondary scorers, combined with an apparent collapse of confidence and ability from Vancouver’s defence and goaltending, we have ourselves a new best of three series here.
Game 4 highlights
The atmosphere was cranked to 11 before the puck even dropped when Bobby Orr was introduced to the crowd at TD Garden. No. 4 nearly brought the house down when he waved a Nathan Horton flag:
Brad Marchand has been one of the Bruins best players in this series, and the diminutive forward showed he has a flair for scoring big goals yet again by potting his 8th of the playoffs. Marchand made it 3-0 nothing with 6:31 left in the second:
Ehrhoff thinks about mixing it up in this late skirmish, then realizes that it’s probably best to duck and cover from Adam McQuaid. The role of Adam McQuaid is being played by Jason Bateman from Teen Wolf Too:
Tim Thomas took exception to Alex Burrows slashing his stick, so Tim Thomas whacks Burrows and the Canucks’ pest takes a swing at the Bruins’ goaltender. Chaos ensues…
The series shifts back to Vancouver for Game 5 on Friday. Which Canucks will show up, the President’s Trophy winning version or the shit pile that we’ve seen in the last two games?
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