Bruins take 4-0 lead on Canucks in Game 4

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BOSTON (AP) - It’s not clear whether the injury to Nathan Horton was what got the Bruins all fired up _ though considering they’ve outscored Vancouver 12-1 since then, it’s a good bet that it was.

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.

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The only suspense now is whether Tim Thomas can come up with the shutout.

The Bruins goalie almost came up with one in Game 3, but he gave up a meaningless goal late in the third period that made it 5-1. A Vezina Trophy finalist, Thomas had a career-high nine shutouts in the regular season. He has two more so far in the postseason, both against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals, and now must be considered a favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

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Rich Peverley has his second goal of the night, but this one was all Milan Lucic.

The Bruins forward made a move over the blue line to fake out defender Kevin Bieksa, who went sliding into the boards. Meanwhile, Lucic headed for the net and sent the puck across into the middle, where it bounced off a couple of sticks and Peverley’s midsection and into the net.

That made it 4-0 with 16:21 left in the game, and it sent Roberto Luongo to the bench in favor of Cory Schneider.

After allowing three goals in the first seven periods of the Stanley Cup final series, Luongo has given up 12 more in a little more than four periods.

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It will be interesting to see if Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo can finish this one out.

He hasn’t been that bad in Game 4, though he probably would like another try at the Michael Ryder wrist shot that became Boston’s second goal. But Luongo fell apart rather quickly in Game 3 _ four goals in the second period and four more in the third. Coach Alain Vigneault offered to pull him on Monday night, but Luongo said he wanted to stay in.

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