It's been a tale of two halves in this Stanley Cup Finals as we are deadlocked at 2 apiece between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins. The first two games of this series belonged to the Canucks who looked like they were well on their way to securing the Cup but Boston has rebounded with a fury to even the series and make this a best of 3.
The 4-0 shutout Wednesday night was a big win for the Bruins and an emotional one at that. Before the game, Boston gave a stirring tribute to Nathan Horton, the Bruins player who suffered a severe concussion in game 3 thanks to a cheap shot by Vancouver's Aaron Rome, and it appeared to do the trick as the Bruins were unstoppable.
"When I personally got to see him in the locker room, I was incredibly happy," Boston's Tim Thomas said. "It gave me a big boost. He was there to pass the jacket on. The team would have been happy leaving it with Horty for the rest of the series, but he wanted to give it away and keep the tradition going. … Watching him going down, we want to finish what we started for him."
Home cooking seemed to be exactly what Boson needed after falling behind 2-0 in this series. On their own ice, the Bruins outscored the Canucks by a staggering 12-1 margin and has totally changed the complexion of this series with the two wins.
"It's always easier to be at home," Marchand said. "We feed off the energy, off our fans. They just bring out the best in us. … Just seems everyone is so focused right now."
With game 5 on Friday back in Vancouver, it will be interesting to see if the Bruins can continue their hot streak on the road of it the Canucks can rally from their embarrassing Boston trip to take the series lead.
"We have two out of three with home-ice advantage, and that's what we've worked for all season," Vancouver's Robero Luongo said. "We need to get playing the way we did in the first two games."
Vancouver entered Boston on top of the ice, filled with confidence and a dream of winning their Championship. They leave a team that is filled with questions about their mental toughness and their ability on the ice.
"It's not for lack of effort, not for lack of trying to win," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Give the other team credit. They're playing a smart game, and right now they've been able to shut us down offensively the last two games."