Boston's opportunity arrived 11 seconds into the second period. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler's stick broke as he tried to initiate a rush from his own zone, springing Boston's David Krejci for an open look on Luongo. Though his shot sailed wide, it hugged the boards and went back to the point, where defenseman Andrew Ference whipped in a high shot that ignited the fans in the Garden.
Playing with the lead, the Bruins refused to let up—either physically (Boston finished the game with 40 hits to Vancouver's 31) or on the scoreboard. Before the period was through the Bruins had scored on the power play, by Recchi; shorthanded, by Brad Marchand; and at even strength, with Krejci banging home a rebound.
In the third period, with Boston already holding a 4—0 lead, the emotional animosity spiraled out of control, as the teams combined for 20 penalties, including nine 10-minute misconducts. Between the melees the Bruins scored four more times. The Canucks scored with the game well out of hand.
"We had our issues with scoring on Luongo," Julien said, "and tonight we managed to find a way to score a lot of goals on him. But I don't think it's any reason for us to think that all of a sudden things have turned around."
June 8, TD Garden
Bruins 4, Canucks 0
AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR AMBLED INTO THE BRUINS dressing room after their win in Game 4: Horton, carrying the jacket that the team awards to the game's hero each night and wearing a smile. It was a welcome sight to the Bruins, whose last vision of their teammate was of him being taken off the ice on a stretcher. "It was awesome," Boston winger Shawn Thornton said of Horton's appearance. "I didn't even know he was here until he walked out to give the jacket. That was a pretty nice surprise."
Horton handed the coat to Rich Peverley, the player who had slipped into Horton's spot on the wing alongside Krejci and Lucic. The 28-year-old Peverley, who came to the Bruins in a February trade, scored two goals in the win, which evened the finals at two games each.
Peverley seemed at ease as he bookended the Bruins' scoring. He snapped a shot through the legs of Luongo 12 minutes in and scored again 3:39 into the third period; while tangling sticks with Kesler as he crashed the crease, Peverley got a piece of a rebound, giving Boston a 4—0 lead.