The first period was quiet and ended 0-0.
About halfway through, Bruce Arthur of the National Post tweeted just how dominant the Bruins were on both sides of the puck throughout the series:
Three games and a little more than half a period, and the Penguins still haven't led in the series.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 8, 2013
A major part of that dominance was their ability to silence Sidney Crosby. Boston continued to punish him in Game 4.
His head bounced off the ice after one particular collision with Daniel Paille, forcing Crosby to the bench.
He returned shortly after.
Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show reacted to the physicality of the contest by taking a jab at the NFL:
Tons of hits. Penguins-Bruins. Like the NFL ten years ago. @nbcsn— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 8, 2013
Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports reported the unbelievable amount of time the Bruins were able to silence Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Co.
Bruins have now held top offensive team in NHL to two goals in more than 235 minutes. Not enough time and space for Pens. Too much Rask.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 8, 2013
Both goalies excelled early on Friday, combining for 20 saves—11 for Tomas Vokoun and nine for Tuukka Rask.
The second period was nearly just as quiet.
Vokoun upped his save total to 17 and Rask to 20. Through two periods, each team blew three power plays apiece.
A fight between Boston’s Brad Marchand and Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen, which resulted in roughing penalties for the pair, livened up the scoreless showdown.
The game was so quiet up to that point that the loudest cheer through two was when the TD Garden JumboTron showed Boston Red Sox David Ortiz in the box seats, fresh off his game-winning home run.
At the bruins game with the kids "go bruins go!!!! twitter.com/davidortiz/sta…— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) June 8, 2013
Five minutes into the third, a dent was finally put in the scoreboard. Adam McQuaid broke the tie, scoring his first goal of the series.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, McQuaid’s scoring output this season made him an extremely unlikely hero:
Adam McQuaid: 2nd goal this postseason for Bruins. He had 1 goal in 32 games in regular season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2013
The goal ended up being the game-winner as Rask executed the shutout.