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Peverley, a Bruins newcomer after a late-season trade from Atlanta, lined up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The hardworking forward isn't known for his scoring touch, but came through twice in the new role.
Boston went ahead midway through the first period after Krejci alertly tapped a loose puck in the neutral zone ahead to Peverley, who blew past Raffi Torres and scored just his second goal in 19 games.
The Canucks are a mess on defense after losing top blueliner Dan Hamhuis to an injury in Game 1 before Rome's suspension. Keith Ballard struggled as Rome's replacement, making a brutal turnover on Boston's third goal, but Vancouver played generally shoddy team defense in front of Luongo, who hasn't shaken his reputation for struggling in big games -- even with an Olympic gold medal around his neck.
Vancouver's power play, the NHL's best in the regular season, also has lost its mojo, going 0 for 6 in Game 4 to drop to 1 for 22 in the series. The Sedin twins are the NHL's past two scoring champions, but they've barely made an impact on this series under Boston's steady defensive pressure.
Perhaps the top-seeded Canucks' only good news out of Boston is that the home team is dominating this series -- and they've got two more potential home games.
The Canucks have been routed before in this postseason, losing consecutive games to Chicago by a combined 12-2 after taking a 3-0 lead in that first-round series.
Vancouver narrowly won the first two games last week, moving halfway to the franchise's first championship and Canada's first Cup since 1993. Boston halted Vancouver's roll with an 8-1 victory Monday marred by Horton's injury and numerous scuffles in the third period.
Vancouver soundly outshot Boston over the first 30 minutes of Game 4, yet the Canucks had few solid scoring chances. Most of the shots went straight at Thomas, whose much-evaluated positional game was close to perfect, particularly on an early point-blank chance for Maxim Lapierre.
After Peverley's early goal, Ryder scored midway through the second period on an innocuous shot that somehow fluttered past Luongo. The puck might have deflected off the stick of defenseman Sami Salo, who played Ryder much too softly.
Boston took control 1:18 later during 4-on-4 play when Patrice Bergeron forced Ballard's turnover behind the Canucks' net and chipped it in front to Marchand, who easily scored over Luongo's left shoulder. The Boston crowd serenaded Vancouver with chants of "Luonnnngo! Luonnnngo!"
Luongo finally left after Peverley scored again early in the third period, with the Boston fans roaring as Cory Schneider replaced him.
The Bruins have never played this deep into June in franchise history, and summer temperatures in the 80s made the Canucks worry about the quality of the Boston ice. Vancouver has much bigger worries heading home.
NOTES: Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin was back in the lineup in Horton's absence, earning an assist on Ryder's goal. ... Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin took his first shot of the series in the opening seconds of Game 4. The pass-first playmaker, last season's MVP, didn't have a shot in the first three games. ... Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the game, socializing with Orr beforehand. Canadian actress Rachel McAdams and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash also were in the crowd. Nash, an avid Canucks fan, cheered on his brother-in-law, Vancouver C Manny Malhotra. ... The Bruins improved to 10-1 when scoring first in the postseason.
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