In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday, the Bruins’ banner captain was Cam Neely — No. 8 — and the Bruins scored eight goals.
Tonight in Game 4, the Bruins scored four goals with No. 4 Bobby Orr on hand for both the pregame banner captain honor and a mid-game Jumbotron appearance.
If the Bruins don’t bring back Johnny Bucyk — No. 9 — for Game 6, they’re out of their minds.
The Cup Final is now tied at two games apiece as the Bruins rode the emotion of Orr’s appearance and the “win one for Horty” mantra to a 4-0 win over Vancouver at the TD Garden.
“It’s a huge support to have such an icon coming to the game and showing support,” said captain Zdeno Chara about Orr. “It’s a huge honor for all of us and I’m sure for all of Boston and the fans. We are so happy to be able to have such names like him and other players that are part of this organization, just because they won and they’ve been winners. It’s a huge motivation.”
Added defenseman Dennis Seidenberg: “Sometimes you just look up, and when you see a guy like him up there, it’s definitely really, I guess, a good feeling to see a guy like that watching us and rooting for us.”
Game 5 is Friday night back at Rogers Arena.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•The Bruins have now outscored Vancouver, 12-1, since Nathan Horton was knocked out of the series by Aaron Rome’s hit in the first period of Game 3. Rich Peverley, who took the majority of shifts in Horton’s place next to David Krejci and Milan Lucic scored two goals on just two shots on net and was a plus-2.
•Brad Marchand and Michael Ryder scored the other two goals. David Krejci notched two assists.
•Henrik and Daniel Sedin were held to just two shots on net each and were both minus-1.
•Tim Thomas stopped all 38 shots to come his way.