Canucks massacred by Bruins in Game 3 of Stanley Cup finals
The Boston Bruins came back with a vengeance against the Canucks in game three of the Stanley Cup playoffs, wiping out the Vancouver team in a resounding 8-1 win.
Although the Canucks seemed to be in control early in the first period, the arena was shaken five minutes into the game after a devastating open-ice hit by defenseman Aaron Rome on Bruins winger Nathan Horton.
Rome's hit was late -- about a second-and-a-half after Horton had passed the puck -- and delivered to the head, costing the Canucks a five-minute penalty. Horton lay twitching on the ice with an apparent concussion, and was taken off with a stretcher by medical staff. Boston fans loudly booed the hit, while Canucks fans debated online whether or not the check was clean.
While the Bruins failed to capitalize on their power play and went scoreless in the first period, they managed to take the lead 11 seconds into the second period, with defenseman Andrew Ference getting a long shot past Roberto Luongo. The goals simply kept coming after that, with centre Rich Peverley deflecting the puck off Canucks centre Ryan Kesler's stick into the net. Brad Marchand nabbed an unassisted shorthanded goal at 11:30, while leading playoffs scorer David Krejci made it 4-0 late into the second period.
Despite its reputation as the best third-period team in the NHL, the Canucks fell flat in the final period of the game, letting four more goals slip by Vezina-nominated Luongo who, despite the score, played a strong game overall. The match turned ugly, with fights breaking out and players being thrown out in the last 20 minutes.
The final 8-1 score (Jannik Hansen scoring the lone Vancouver goal) revitalized the Bruins as contenders for the Stanley Cup. The Canucks will face them again in Boston for game four on Wednesday.