Rich Peverley scored two goals as the Boston Bruins dominated the Vancouver Canucks for the second-straight game to even the Stanley Cup Finals at two games apiece. On Monday, it was an 8-1 win that came with plenty of fireworks and one scary moment as Nathan Horton lay motionless on the ice, the victim of a brutal hit by Aaron Rome. In Game 4, Boston took its anger out on the ice, with an impressive performance from Tim Thomas in net and a wave of goals from the Bruins.
Peverley opened the scoring in the first period, giving the Bruins an early lead as they picked up where they left off in Game 3. In the second period, Boston broke the game open, with Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand scoring two minutes apart, the second of which game during a 4-on-4. Peverley made it a two-fer, pushing the score to 4-0 with his second goal of the game.
If got chippy again late in the third period, an expected consequence of the Bruins route. Marchand submarined Daniel Sedin into the boards, cutting out his legs in what could've been a devastating moment. Marchand drew a penalty for his actions before the check after taking down a Canuck by his neck.
Thomas got in on the action a short time later, taking his stick and drilling Alex Burrows in the leg in front of the net, triggering another minor fight. Thomas' action came after Burrows chopped the Boston keepers' stick out of his hand, and led to the two squaring-off in the crease -- an uncommon sight in hockey. For Thomas, the last two games have come with a registered hit in Game 3 and a small fight in Game 4. Not too shabby for a goalie.
Thomas made 37 saves on the game. Vancouver may have a minor goaltender controversy on its hands after Roberto Luongo was pulled in the third period following the fourth goal. Cory Schneider came on in net and didn't allow a goal in the third period, making nine saves in the process. Luongo saw 24 shots and saved 20 of them.
The Canucks and Bruins head back to Vancouver for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Friday with the series tied at two.
For more on Game 4, be sure to stay with our Stanley Cup Finals StoryStream throughout the evening. More on the game can be found over at Nucks Misconduct, SB Nation's Vancouver Canucks blog, and Stanley Cup of Chowder, SB Nation's Bruins blog.