Role player Peverley produces when Bruins need him most

Peverley/By S. Bradley

BOSTON – The Atlanta Thrashers couldn’t succeed without Rich Peverley, so they packed up and moved to Winnipeg.

Well, the story doesn’t quite go that way but after witnessing what the veteran forward did tonight in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise just might be kicking itself for letting Peverley get away.

Filling in for the injured Nathan Horton by taking the majority of the shifts available on the Bruins’ first line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, Peverley matched his goal total from the previous 21 playoff games with two goals in the Bruins’ 4-0 win over Vancouver at TD Garden.

The hot hand of Peverley helped the Bruins even the series at 2-2 heading to Rogers Arena for Game 5 Friday night.

When the stories of championship teams past are told, there’s almost always a sidebar or two about a role player like Peverley – someone who suddenly emerges from the shadows to take a starring role for at least one night. Tonight was that night for Rich Peverley.

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