The Boston Bruins came into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night needed a win to avoid going down 3-0 to the Vancouver Canucks.
Well, they got that win…and then some.
They mauled the Canucks with their big, sharp claws.
Bear’s Victory Dance is well deserved.
Bruins play best when they are infuriated. Aaron Rome gave them plenty to be P.O’d about after his late, blind side hit on Nathan Horton. Horton lay on the ice, motionless, his right arm frozen as if he was still clutching the stick. His eyes were fluttering as if he was having a petite mal seizure. Terrifying to watch. I don’t think that there was a single hockey fan, Bruin or Canuck alike, who wasn’t praying and hoping that NH18 would be okay. Horton was transported to the hospital strapped to a stretcher. Rome was tossed. Bruins got a 5 minute PP. Although they failed to capitalize on the man advantage, it seemed to ignite a fire within the belly of the bear. Players said that during the 1st intermission, the Bruins rallied around their injured teammate and vowed “to win one for Horty.”
The Killer Bs came out of locker room, impassioned and determined to avenge their comrade-in-ice. 11 seconds into the 2nd, Andrew Ference (the original Green man) put the Black and Gold on the board with a slapshot from the point…
And the Bruins never looked back.
They poured it and managed to solve the goaltending puzzle that is Roberto Luongo. Apparently, the key is to go high and go glove side. Bruins beat him 3 times on the glove side and the other goals (with the exception of Kesler’s own goal) were up around Luongo’s ears.
Apparently, the Bruins can’t score on the PP but they can shorthanded. 2 SHG. They keep producing like that, we’ll gladly welcome those penalties!
Bruins had 7 different goal scores which shows the depth of the team’s forwards and their skill with the puck. Marchand’s goal was highlight reel material and the little Motoscooter’s post goal celebration rivals the joyful exuberance of Dawn’s future 2nd husband, Alex Ovechkin.
Tim Thomas frustrated the Canucks with his in-cre-ab-leh saves and feats of flexibility. He even managed to lay a hit on Henrik Sedin that would make Bill Belichick proud.
If this guy doesn’t win the Vezina, than every GM in the NHL needs to have his head examined. Sure, we might me a *bit* bias, but seriously. Have you been watching him play? Tim Thomas = Beast of the East.
The Bruins D shut down the SedinBots, Kesler, Burrowes, et al with authority. Getting Shawn Thornton into the lineup was a stellar move by Coach Claude. It’s was like waking the bear from hibernation. Who was grumpy. And hungry. We’re all Seguinistas here but in this situation, it was best to sit the kid and go with the heart, toughness, and SCF experience that ST22 brings to the team. Plus he talks trash like nobody’s business. Constantly yapping away, that one.
I could go on and on about all the things that the Bruins did right and all the things that the Canucks did wrong, but frankly I’m just mentally exhausted. Energy must be conserved since I’ll be in the stands for Game 4.
I’ll try to tweet but I don’t know if my hands will stop shaking enough.