BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins got back into the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night, scoring four second-period goals and four third-period goals to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 8-1 in Game 3 at TDGarden.
Boston now trails the series, 2-1.
Tim Thomas, heavilycriticized for the way he played Vancouvers game-winning goal in Game 2, made 40 saves in backstopping the victory.
What will be heavily criticized on Tuesday will be AaronRomes first-period hit on Nathan Horton.
Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was sent toMassachusetts General Hospital after the Canucks defenseman came off his feetand crushed Horton with a devastating hit at the Vancouver blue line just overfive minutes into the game.
Horton had received a pass at center ice and quickly dishedit off to his left. Moments later, Rome stepped up at the blue line and hitHorton while Horton was looking the other way.
The Bruins said after the first period that Horton hadmovement in all of his extremities.
Rome was ejected from the game.
Vancouver outshot Boston 12-7 in the first period butthe Bruins made their statement in the second, scoring four goals andtaking a 4-0 lead into the third period.
Andrew Ference got the scoring started 11 seconds yes, 11seconds into the second. It took the same amount of time in overtime of Game2 for Alex Burrows to score the game-winner.
Ference was responsible for the initial neutral-zoneturnover that led to that game-winner. He got his revenge by wristing aknuckle-puck from the left point and into the top-right corner for a 1-0Bruins lead.
Mark Recchi made it 2-0 with 20 seconds left on a powerplay, 4:22 into the second period. Recchi was set up in the corner, and threw apass out front that was intended for Rich Peverley. But before it even got tohim, Ryan Kesler reached out with his stick, and re-directed the puck throughRoberto Luongos legs and into the net.
Brad Marchand gave the Bs a 3-0 lead while Vancouver was ona power play, with 8:30 left in the period. The short-handed goal was a one-maneffort that started with a stick lift from Marchand in the neutral zone.
Marchand took the puck hard down the right wing, and beatKesler wide at the circle. He came across the slot all alone, stayed patient,and shot the puck top-shelf after Luongo went down.
David Krejci added the fourth goal by putting home a reboundoff a low Michael Ryder shot from the high slot, with 4:13 left in the period.
In a chippy third period that saw Shawn Thornton, MilanLucic, and Dennis Seidenberg ejected, Daniel Paille gave the Bruins a 5-0 leadwhile scoring Bostons second short-handed goal of the night, skating down theleft wing and putting a shot on Luongo that hit the goaltenders glove andtrickled in.
Jannik Hansen gave Vancouver its only goal of the night,with 6:07 left in the game, putting home a one-timer from the left post.
Recchi, Chris Kelly, and Michael Ryder scored three moreagainst a clearly deflated Canucks team in the final 2:21 to make the final 8-1.
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