VANCOUVER -- The Canucks are just as close to winning the Stanley Cup as the Bruins, but Thursday afternoon at Rogers Arena was a rather gloomy affair for the home team. 



Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday at Rogers Arena that he will not be making a goaltending change prior to Friday's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Vezina finalist Roberto Luongo has allowed 12 goals over his last two games (both lopsided Bruins wins), but Vigneault said he will not be turning to Cory Schneider, as he did in the first round after Luongo struggled in Games 4 and 5.

VANCOUVER -- The Bruins have returned to Vancouver having tied the Stanley Cup finals after dropping the series' first two games and winning two at home. Though the 2-0 hole may have seemed insurmountable, the Bruins were able to overcome it for the second time this offseason. With the team still two wins away from their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972, center Patrice Bergeron said now is not the time for the B's to feel accomplished.

Legendary Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque was a guest of Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning. Bourque was asked about the play of Tim Thomas in Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Canucks. Thomas had 38 saves in the 4-0 win and has dramatically outplayed Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"He's so athletic," Bourque said of Thomas. "He makes some saves that you never see other goalies make. He's great to watch." 

Shame on any of us who started doing mental math after Game 2. 



Tim Thomas acknowledged after his 4-0 shutout of the Canucks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday at TD Garden that he had finally reached his boiling point with Bruins nemesis Alex Burrows. 

Thomas was just under two minutes from the shutout when Burrows set up in front of Thomas and jabbed at the butt-end of Thomas' goalie stick as the Canucks were trying to spoil the shutout and score on a power play. TV replays showed Burrows taking a swipe at Thomas' stick and the Bruins goalie retaliated by taking a whack at the back of Burrows' legs. 

Claude Julien revealed a surprise to the Bruins following their 4-0 win over the Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday: concussed right wing Nathan Horton.

Rich Peverley scored twice filling in on the top line for the injured Nathan Horton and Tim Thomas turned aside all 38 shots for his third playoff shutout as the Bruins blanked the Canucks, 4-0, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, evening the series at 2-2. The series now shifts back to Rogers Arena in Vancouver for Game 5 on Friday night before returning to Boston for Game 6 Monday night. 

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Stanley Cup finals and Wednesday night's Game 4.

Asked if he would be sitting with the Green Men at the game, Melrose joked: "I stay away from the Green Men. I can’t even believe they got into the country. I’m a little embarrassed about letting those guys in."

He added: "We keep al-Qaida out, but we let these two guys in? What’s that all about?"

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault expressed frustration with Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas Wednesday, saying that he has spoken to the NHL about the way Thomas plays outside the crease and initiates contact with players. He also had a problem with Thomas' hit on Vancouver center Henrik Sedin in the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, a hit that occurred in the crease.