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Thursday's notes: Boston dominant once again, ties Stanley Cup Final 2-2

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The Boston Bruins pounded Vancouver once again in their building last night, knotting the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 and planting seeds of doubt in Canucks fans who were already looking forward to a parade. Frankly, I'm not sure what I liked best here - the former Nashville Predator Rich Peverley scoring a couple goals, or watching Tim Thomas stick up for himself and dish out a few blows to uber-pest Alex Burrows.

Nah, it's really not that hard a decision after all (video of Thomas-Burrows after the jump)...

Father's Day Gift Idea #8: Hockey books for Dad | Hockey Gear HQ
With Father's Day approaching, a solid gift idea every year is a good hockey book or two, and to help you out, I've picked six that Dad's sure to enjoy.

Nashville Predators News

Preds in review: Shea Weber - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper sums up The Captain's season.

(part of the reason there's not much Preds stuff this morning is that I ran an afternoon links post yesterday, so look there)

Around the NHL

This goes right at the top... check out Boston goalie Tim Thomas defending his turf against Alexandre Burrows of Vancouver. I say you stop the game, and give him the Vezina Trophy right then and there:

Video from Pro Hockey Talk

Tim Thomas and Bruins shutout Canucks 4-0 to even series at 2-2 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
We've got ourselves a series now after the Bruins thoroughly dominated the last two games.

Game 4 SCF Report Card ; Smokin' - Nucks Misconduct
Is it time to get nervous in B.C.? They certainly can't feel good about Luongo heading into Game 5...

With Horton out, Peverley steps up for Bruins -
Former Nashville Predator Rich Peverley had a big night with two goals.

Time for NHL to take off the blinkers - The Globe and Mail
Here's an idea that won't go anywhere.

NHL GMs consider dropping 'blindside' component of Rule 48 - TSN
Will the league take another tiny baby step towards a ban on head shots? What's being proposed is still a long way from that, but it's an incremental move in that direction. - "Wait…what did I just pay for?"
A breakdown of Milan Lucic vs. Raffi Torres. The gap between them as players may not be as large as you think.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Vladimir Putin says the KHL was his creation
Huh? I thought he invented the Russian internet.

Two Prairie boys to lead Winnipeg's NHL team - The Globe and Mail
Winnipeg's going with local yokels to run their new squad. I'm not sure that's any wiser than Montreal focusing on Francophones.

Craig Heisinger’s Rise to Power | Illegal Curve Hockey
A bit of background on Winnipeg's new assistant GM.

New clue revealed in Blackhawks’ Cup-winning puck mystery - Puck Daddy
The plot thickens...

"We", and Brad Richards slip-up in context - Raw Charge
Tampa Bay presents an intriguing opportunity for Brad Richards.