Horton hit inspires Bruins to tie Stanley Cup

Thu Jun 9, 2011 1:13am EDT
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By Steve Keating

BOSTON (Reuters) - The inspired Boston Bruins continued to punish the Vancouver Canucks for a vicious hit that knocked Nathan Horton out of the Stanley Cup finals, rolling to a 4-0 win Wednesday that leveled the series at 2-2.

The Bruins lost the first two contests of the best-of-seven series by a single goal but have dominated on home ice with a pair of big victories in the wake of a huge shift in momentum early in Game Three after Aaron Rome's brutal hit on Horton.

The loss of their right winger has galvanized the Bruins, who have outscored the Canucks 12-1 since Rome's late check left Horton unconscious on the ice before he was taken to hospital with a severe concussion.

With the Bruins in charge late in the third period the crowd rocked the arena with chants of "Nathan Horton, Nathan Horton," reminding the Canucks that Rome's foul deed would not be forgiven or forgotten anytime soon.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas turned in another dazzling display, stopping all 38 shots he faced to register his third shutout of the postseason as the Bruins improved to 9-1 in their last 10 playoff games at home.

"Watching him (Horton) going down, we want to finish what we started for him," Thomas told reporters. "To be honest with you, we want to do it all for ourselves and for each other.

"I was very, very happy to see Nathan up and around in the locker room.

"I wasn't exactly sure of his status. You know, I'd heard that he was okay but then I heard it was a severe concussion.   Continued...

<p>Boston Bruins center Rich Peverley (49) puts the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) to score in the first period in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff in Boston, Massachusetts, June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Harry How/Pool</p>