Monday, June 6, 2011

Bruins And Canucks Get Chippy In Game 3

The Vancouver Canucks came into Boston and game 3 of their Stanley Cup Finals Series with a 2-0 lead, but were not fortunate enough to come out of game 3 with a strangle hold on the Bruins. The Boston Bruins dished out an offensive explosion winning game 3, 8-1 and making the series 2-1 in the process.

Scoring four goals in the second period and at one point in the third being up 5-0 many would expect things to get physical. However, it did not take that long for the physical presence of the series to be felt. Just over five minutes into the first period Vancouver's Aaron Rome unleashed a viscous hit on an unsuspecting Nathan Horton who would have to leave the ice on a stretcher (see below).

Things would escalate later in the game, midway through the third period, the two teams had served up 60 hits all together crashing into anything that moved on the ice. Things got to the point where Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas wanted to get involved in the fun.

Thomas lunged out of his net hitting Canucks' forward Henrik Sedin, dropping him to the floor and braking up the play (see below).

Along with brutal hits being dished out by both player and goalie, there was plenty of after the whistle tauting going on, stemming from the game one Alex Burrows bitting incident. In game 2 Vancouver forward Maxim Lapierre taunted Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, the initial victim of the game 1 bite by swaying his hand in the face of Bergeron. Well Boston's Milan Lucic stepped up the taunting game by removing his glove and shoving it in the face of bitter Alex Burrow (see below).

Boston will look to even up the series on Wednesday when things pick back up at TD Garden. Watch for most of the physicality to carry over into game 4.

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