BOSTON — With Nathan Horton home and out of action the remainder of the postseason recovering from a Game 3 concussion, Boston coach Claude Julien was forced to revamp a couple of lines in last night's crucial fourth game.
It didn't take long for Julien to look like a genius as the new alignments first put the Bruins ahead before securing the series-tying 4-0 victory before a packed and rowdy TD Garden crowd.
Rich Peverley was the guy who replaced Horton, joining center David Krejci and left winger Milan Lucic. A mid-season acquisition via trade the Bruins made to clear the needed salary-cap space to acquire Tomas Kaberle from Toronto, Peverley fit right in with his new linemates despite limited practice time.
"I found out just before (game) warmups," said Peverley, who joined the Bruins Feb. 18 in a four-player trade with the Thrashers. "I had no idea who was going in there whether it was me or (Michael Ryder). I know Ryder's taken a lot of shifts with them."
The five-year veteran gave Boston the lead it never relinquished with 8:01 left in the opening period after taking a slick pass from Krejci, splitting defenders at the blue line and streaking down the slot for a goal that found goalie Roberto Luongo's five hole.
"It was a nice play," Peverley said of his third career playoff goal. "I just tried to give Krejci some speed."
Early in the third period Peverley sent Luongo to the bench with Boston's fourth score of the night. This one was set up by Lucic who outmaneuvered Kevin Bieksa along the boards and hit Peverly with a centering pass that hit Luongo's stick before Peverley slammed it home. Krejci also earned his 11th assist of the postseason on the play.