Playoff Game of the Night

2011 Stanley Cup Finals
Game 3: Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins @ TD Garden
1-8 Final; Vancouver leads the series 2-1

Taking the swing to the East, the Canucks look to lose none of that energy they had at home and bring it to the East Coast.
Each game has given us a headline to talk about. Now in Game 3, what will be the headline for tomorrow's papers?

Just five minutes into the game, Nathan Horton got a hard hit from Aaron Rome a little late from the pass. Horton went down and faded out, and instantly the play was called down. The hit was a little late, a bit of an interference to take, but it was not a Rule 48 hit. A game or two suspension would be reasonable to Rome. All the best of hope and wishes to Horton and his family. Sucks to see players go down like that. As a result, the Bruins were placed on a 5-minute power-play.

On the major power-play, the Bruins PP units looked more of a threat than the previous other nights. As a result, they were awarded with a couple of really good scoring chances, but Roberto Luongo came up big to make the huge save and his penalty-killers did a great job of forechecking and blocking shots. As a result, the major Bruins PP was killed and they weren't able to capitalise on the man-advantage.

Just 11 seconds into the second period, Andrew Ference got the first goal of the game. Ferece made a wayward shot towards the net from the blueline and was lucky with the funky puck to beat Luongo. The Bruins capitalised on the lost stick of Alex Edler and used their extra jump to jump ahead of the Canucks on the scoreboard.

On another power-play, Mark Recchi threw a shot for the tip-in towards the net, but an unlucky break arose for Ryan Kesler. The puck took a misfortunate deflection off of his stick and the puck ended up beating Luongo between the pads.

While on the penalty-kill, Brad Marchand beats the Canucks defence. With Luongo down Marchand, just roofed it over a sprawled Luongo for the short-handed goal. And then four minutes after the SHG, David Krejci delivered a fourth goal that rang off the far-post and beat Luongo.

For the first forty minutes, the Bruins looked to be the better team. The formerly dormant power-play and penalty-kill stepped up tonight in the second period and has delivered more punches than the first two games. The Canucks also lost the way they played at home. They played a "safe" game where the hits were less frequent. When the Canucks play with a physical edge, they play better and create chances for themselves.

A SHG later (by means of Daniel Paille), the shutout is finally broken by Jannik Hansen. But Recchi scored again to make it 6-1. Game 4 was in the books a long time ago.

To say I was disappoit in the Canucks tonight is an understatemet. There was something very wrong about their game (other than the losing part). It wasn't what many Canucks fans were used to seeing.

And just to state, I called a fight happening in Game 1 of the series.

3 stars:
(1) Tim Thomas
(2) Brad Marchand
(3) Mark Recchi

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