No word on what the conversation was tonight during Vancouver’s timeout after Brad Marchand made it 3-0 _ just 2:18 after Ryder’s goal. But if the Bruins strike quickly in the third period it might be time for Luongo to call it a night and rest up for Game 5 in Vancouver on Friday night. If Boston wins, that guarantees a sixth game on Monday _ and two more cross-country trips for the teams.
In case anyone’s wondering, Vancouver’s backup goalie is Cory Schneider, a Boston College product who played in the TD Garden for the Beanpot and Hockey East tournaments. The Bruins have Tuukka Rask working the door; he was the No. 1 goaltender at the end of last year, but Tim Thomas won the job back from him this season.
Rask hasn’t played in the postseason _ it’s been two months since he’s gotten into a game. Schneider has played in three postseason games, starting Game 6 of the first-round series against Chicago and allowing three goals before he was pulled with about 17 1/2 minutes left. That was about six weeks ago.
Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand scored 2:18 apart to turn a one-goal game into possibly another blowout.
Marchand chipped a loose puck that was bouncing in front of the net past Roberto Luongo to make it 3-0 with 6:31 left in the second period. Patrice Bergeron gets an assist on that one _ his 14th of the playoffs. The Canucks called their timeout, but Luongo stayed in the game; in Monday’s 8-1 blowout, coach Alain Vigneult said he gave his goalie the option of whether to stay in.
The crowd still was juiced over Ryder’s goal when Marchand scored. Ryder made it 2-0 on a play that seemed harmless enough, when Tyler Seguin slapped it out of the Bruins‘ zone and across the ice. Ryder was waiting outside the Vancouver zone with Sami Salo in front of him.
Ryder didn’t have any teammates to help out, so he fired off a wrist shot that was just enough of a knuckleball to trick goalie Roberto Luongo and get under his glove.
It’s the first point of the series for Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft. He sat out last game but he’s back in the lineup because of the injury to Nathan Horton.
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.
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.