In what amounted to a must win game for the Boston Bruins, they scored eight goals and humiliated the Vancouver Canucks 8-1. After a scoreless first period, Boston scored four goals in both the second and third periods. Mark Recchi scored two goals to become the oldest player to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The story of the first period was a blind side hit by Vancouver defensemen Aaron Rome on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton, who was defenseless and that will probably and should result in a suspension for Rome for Game 4. Rome was given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct and Nathan Horton’s was carried off on the stretcher and taken to a local hospital. Boston’s power play had a lot of pressure on Vancouver as you might suspect, however, if it wasn’t Luongo making big stops, it was Vancouver’s penalty killers blocking shots and once again Boston failed to take advantage on the power play. After killing off the Rome penalty Vancouver carried the play in the second half of the period. Mason Raymond had a great chance to give Vancouver the lead when he had two shots at Thomas in the slot, but Thomas robbed him both times and the first period ended scoreless. Could somebody let Henrik Sedin know this is the Stanley Cup Finals, going into tonight’s game he has no shots on goal in the series.
It was all Boston in the second period as they scored four goals in the period including a shorthanded goal to seize control of the game and take a commanding 4-0 lead into the second intermission. Boston got the scoring going early in the period, ironically, :11 into the period when Vancouver defensemen Alexander Edler broke his stick when trying to clear the puck and that resulted in a point shot from Andrew Ference that eluded Roberto Luongo and gave Boston a 1-0 lead. About four minutes later Boston finally scored on the power play, Mark Recchi pass deflected off Vancouver penalty killer Ryan Kesler’s stick and went between Luongo’s legs and Boston had their first two goal lead of the series. The prettiest goal of the period was a short-handed goal by Brad Marchand, who took the puck at center ice and broke in alone on Luongo and waited for Luongo to go down and lifted the puck into the top of the net to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Boston closed out the scoring in the 2nd period when Luongo couldn’t control Michael Ryder’s shot and the rebound found David Krejci’s stick and his one-time shot beat Luongo over his shoulder and Boston had a commanding 4-0 lead after two periods. Boston was outhitting and outskating Vancouver and definitely wanted the game more than Vancouver.
Vancouver had chances to get back in the games early in the third period when they had back to back power play chances, but could not beat Thomas. Tim Thomas flattened Henrik Sedin in front of his net, to show you how ineffective Henrik Sedin has been in the series, Thomas has more hits than Henrik Sedin has shots on goals in the series. The third period was a penalty filled period as there were 98 minutes in penalties. Vancouver’s power play was very ineffective tonight, on their last three power play chances they had no shots on goal. Daniel Paille scored the second short-handed goal for Boston as he outworked and outskated Jeff Tambellini for the puck and beat Luongo to make it 5-0. At this point the only thing for Vancouver to play for was to prevent being shut out and they accomplished their goal. Raffi Torres spotted an uncovered Jannik Hansen and he slid the puck past Thomas to give Vancouver their only goal of the game. Boston scored 3 goals is the final four minutes of the game as it looked like Vancouver quit caring and Boston embarrassed Vancouver 8-1. Vancouver still leads the series 2-1, game 3 will be on Wednesday, also in Boston.
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Written by Kevin Kelly