Thursday, June 9, 2011
Three stars for Game 4
By ESPN Stats & Information
1. Tim Thomas: After stopping 40 shots in Game 3, Thomas stopped all 38 shots and became the first Bruins goalie to post a shutout in the Stanley Cup Final since Gerry Cheevers in 1978. Thomas is 8-0 this postseason when he faces 37 shots. In those games, Thomas has a save percentage of .949 and Game 4 was the first time he's posted a shutout under those circumstances. Thomas has stopped 141 of 146 shots in this series. His victory in Game 4 gives him 14 wins this postseason, which breaks the Bruins record for most wins in a single playoff previously held by Andy Moog in 1990.
2. Rich Peverley: Shortly before the NHL trade deadline, Peverley was acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers. He scored four goals in 23 games with the Bruins after the deal was made. Peverley equaled that total this postseason (in 22 games) with his two goals in Game 4. Peverley was inserted to the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, thanks to the injury to Nathan Horton. He played 14:16, which is actually his shortest time on ice in the four games in this series. It was the third time he's scored two goals in a game this season but his first in a Bruins uniform.
3. Brad Marchand: For the second straight game, Marchand scored a goal that gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead in the second period. Marchand has goals in consecutive games for the second time this postseason and first since he scored three goals in Game 1 and 2 of the Flyers series. Marchand has eight goals this postseason, which ties the Bruins rookie postseason record for the most goals. He's currently tied with Bob Joyce in 1988 and Mike Krushelnyski in 1983.