- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - First power play for Boston, and it was a good penalty kill for the Canucks. Boston managed just two shots with the advantage, and Vancouver even had a decent shorthanded scoring chance.

The Bruins‘ power play has been struggling in the playoffs. They couldn’t score in their first 21 chances of the postseason before finally breaking through against Montreal in the first round. Things have picked up a bit: They are 3 for 13 in the series _ make that 3 for 14 _ but they did score twice on the power play in Game 3. (Of course, they scored every which way in that 8-1 blowout.)

Mason Raymond was sent off for high-sticking this time. Vancouver is killing penalties at a rate of over 80 percent.

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The first period’s over in Boston, and the Bruins have a 1-0 lead over the Canucks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Rich Peverley has the only goal so far, with an assist by David Krejci that moved him into a tie for the NHL lead in playoff scoring. Krejci has 11 goals and 10 assists, tying him with Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin and his two goals, 19 assists.

Vancouver has four players in the top seven in scoring.

After Krejci, Boston’s next-best scorer is Nathan Horton, who is seventh with 17 points but out for the rest of the series with a severe concussion. Boston forward Patrice Bergeron is also in there, with four goals and 13 assists.

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Rich Peverley has given the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead in their attempt to even the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece.

David Krejci poked it past the last line of defense, and Peverley went in all alone on Roberto Luongo before putting it through the five-hole with 8:01 left in the first. That’s the first first-period goal for Boston in the series.

Just the fourth shot of the game for Boston.

Give Zdeno Chara the other assist.

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The first power play goes to Vancouver.

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