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Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Look To Hold Serve Against Canucks At Home

After the scoring fiesta that was Game 3, with the Bruins trouncing the Canucks by an 8-1 margin, Boston will look to do something similar when the two sides meet in Beantown for Game 4 on Wednesday night.

The Bruins will have to do so without forward Nathan Horton, who is out for the remainder of the series after taking that brutal blindside hit at the hands of Aaron Rome, who was suspended for the remainder of this series. While there are rumors Rome will appeal, the fact is that he doesn't mean nearly as much to the Canucks as Horton means to Boston.

It will most likely  be youngster Tyler Seguin taking Horton's place on Boston's top line. Seguin treated us to some top notch hockey in a couple games against Tampa Bay, but has been much quieter since, serving Game 3 as a healthy scratch.

But Boston is quite obviously capable of putting up goals, as we saw on Monday. After Horton went down, the Bruins exploded for those eight goals, with four in the second period and another four in the third, all while knocking the Canucks around physically. That physical play even extended to Tim Thomas, who leveled Vancouver's Henrik Sedin.

The Canucks have reportedly had words with the NHL about the hit, which is quite ironic, given their penchant for illegal hits in this postseason. Still, it's impossible to see any sort of anything more than a finger wave from the NHL, if that.

It will be interesting to see how Roberto Luongo rebounds after surrendering eight goals on Monday. While those weren't all entirely his fault, we know Luongo's a guy who can be shaky in the postseason if his head's not right. Playing against Thomas makes it even more intriguing as to whether or not Lu can recover.

Just as the first trio of games in this series, Game 4 gets underway at 8 EST, and can be seen on Versus.