BOSTON (AP) - The Stanley Cup finals are headed back to Vancouver, all tied up two games apiece.
And then, they’re coming back to Boston for a sixth game.
The Bruins won Game 4 by a 4-0 score tonight _ their second straight dominating performance in Boston. Now let’s see if they can break through in Vancouver, where the Canucks won Games 1 and 2.
The Canucks can’t be pleased with the way it played on the road. But they don’t really have to be. Games 5 and 7 will be at home, and they can win their first Stanley Cup ever, and skate it around the Rogers Center ice even if they decide not to show up for Game 6 in Boston and forfeit.
Which, the way things have gone for them here, might not be a bad idea.
Some more late-game chippiness has Adam McQuaid watching the end of the game from the locker room and the Bruins trying to finish the game killing a four-minute penalty. Skirmishes have broken out at both ends of the ice _ the one in Boston’s end came after Tim Thomas slashed Alex Burrows and then went after him with both fists.
It was a crowd-pleasing move _ Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, then scored twice, including the game-winner in Game 2.
Clearly, though, the fans haven’t forgotten the Bruins forward who was knocked out with a frightening and severe concussion in the first period of Game 3 on Monday night. The scoreboard camera seemed to have found an endless supply of Horton jerseys in the crowd _ and every time one of them goes up on the video screen, a huge cheer goes up.
With about 8 minutes left, the crowd broke into a chant of “Na-than Hor-ton!”
We’ve got 5:25 to go in Game 4. Bruins still lead 4-0.
The only suspense now is whether Tim Thomas can come up with the shutout.