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Five Thoughts on Boston’s 8-1 pounding of Vancouver in Game 3

Jun 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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For a blowout game with not much to worry about competition wise, we’re left with a lot to digest. Here’s the five thoughts we’re stuck with after a ridiculous and incredible Game 3.

1. Aaron Rome‘s hit on Nathan Horton is one of the more awful and memorable scenes in the game and while justice is very likely to come for Rome later today Boston’s chances to win the Stanley Cup take a distinctive hit if Horton is out long term. We can only assume that Horton will be out for the rest of the series and losing one of  your top three forwards makes the hill to climb to win the series so much harder.

Horton’s been a huge factor in the playoffs for Boston and losing his presence and production hurts a lot. The Bruins did well tonight to step up in his absence thanks to Rich Peverley filling in on the top line but they’ll need to find a way to replace his production. It likely means that Tyler Seguin gets back into the lineup but where he’ll figure into the mix with the rest of the players will make Claude Julien’s job a lot rougher.

2. Speaking of Julien, give him a lot of credit. While the taunting stuff was a bit out of hand from Boston thanks to Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic giving it back to Vancouver, Julien read those guys the riot act for their taunts. Both Recchi and Lucic said after the game that Julien sternly took them to task acting up the way they did. Julien tore up Vancouver’s Maxim Lapierre for taunting Patrice Bergeron the way he did in Game 2. Julien doing what he did tonight to dress down both Recchi and Lucic was good for business for the Bruins but also for Julien himself. Taking a stand and sticking to it is admirable in this case.

3. With the silly talk that Tim Thomas needed to change his aggressive style up after losing the first two games he certainly did his part to shut everyone up in Game 3. While the game was a blowout in Boston’s favor, Vancouver still outshot them and Thomas stood tall stopping 40 shots and just missing out on a shutout. We’d made it clear here that Thomas didn’t need to change anything up at all and he showed exactly why that was the case in Game 3.

4. After the game, Henrik Sedin was asked about a quote he’d said in the past about how getting blown out is an easier way to lose than losing a heart breaker late or in overtime. He thought about it for a second and said that he might have to re-think that after tonight’s loss. With all the shenanigans going on in the last two periods of tonight’s game and with how the wheels came off for Vancouver, it would seem like the sort of game that Vancouver could forget about easily. The fear of Boston perhaps finding a point to rally behind now, especially with Horton out, is there. Letting sleeping dogs lie where they’re at would’ve worked out great for Vancouver here.

5. 25 years ago yesterday the Canucks traded prospect Cam Neely to Boston and a first round pick for Denis Pederson. It also worked out nicely that yesterday was also his birthday. Upon seeing Neely after the game was over I asked him if the way the Canucks played made him enjoy “Bruins hockey” all the more. His answer was short and telling: “You’d better believe it.” Turning 46 years-old had to feel pretty good for Neely after Game 3.

  1. deepthreat - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    BARRY Pederson

  2. bobwsc - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Sedin should get his goalie’s thoughts on getting blown out like that. I’m sure Luongo is wondering what happened.

  3. deepthreat - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    How can they not pull Luongo ? What a gift.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    The wheels came off indeed. I suspect there are a lot of happy fans in Chicago this morning too. Hey Lou, you remember Chicago?

  5. canuckdude82 - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    If Chicago fans are happy today that’s fine. Just remember 1 win doesn’t win the cup 4 do. For anyone to wonder about Luongo, this was a team loss not one player he was left high and dry over and over again. On that note, I hope Horton is OK haven’t heard anything yet, and it may surprise alot of you, but I agree that Rome deserves a suspension that was a late hit. Can’t wait for Wednesday hope Hope Hamhuis is back.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      I can count to four. Can you count the number of shrinks it takes to straighten out Lou’s head after that drama?

  6. 8man - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Game 3 is over. Moving on. What the Bruins want is a game 6.

  7. spgood11 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    First of all Joe why is it that when a player is in the corner and gets rid of the puck well before he is hit its called finishing a check, when it happens in open ice in todays hockey its deplorable? 10 years ago everyone would be calling last nights check “hockey”. Second off, the Canucks decide to come out and play “Bruins Hockey” vs the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals and everyone is up in arms, I’m sick and tired of all the Beantown Whiners crying foul when cheap and dirty go hand in hand with teams like Boston and Philly during the regular season and into the playoffs…Enough Already!….And Finally I think its sickening that the US National Broadcast is so horribly one sided to the Bruins, why is Milbury even alllowed to talk? the 45 minute pregame and entire first period were a song of Boston praises, Versus was guilty of this during the regular season many times and are as bad as Staggerwald and Erry from the Pens when it comes to being biased.

    • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      you know Milbury played and coached and GM’d for the Bruins, right. I mean it could explain his leanings. I think the rest of the crew are pretty fair. Emrick is great play by play.

      • savoirlaire - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        Agree Emrick is good, but what is the deal with his constant use of “can be”, as in “where it can be played by Ference”? He says “can be” all the time instead of “is”. Not a big deal, but has anyone else noticed this (plus this is a nice diversion from all the diving and cheating comments)?

      • spgood11 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        Love Doc’s commentary and even Panger but VS is know for slanted coverage even when its two American teams.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      too many times have we seen this exact play end careers. thats whats wrong with it, thats why its deplorable. the league is trying to learn from its history and prevent tragedy. this hit is identical to the scott stevens on eric lindros (1) or matt cooke on marc savard (2). the point is to end this bullshit so these players’ lives arent ruined.



  8. emperorzero - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    The US Broadcast of the game is no different in homerism than the CBC is (especially when the Leafs are playing). Watching CBC coverage when there is a Canadian team against a US based team is laughable if oyu’re looking for commentators to call it down the middle. However, when I watch CBC, I expect them to lean towards the naitonal team. I wouldn’t expect a US network to be any different.

  9. manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Well, yes, Millbury is rather a homer. Biggest problem is that the Canucks pick and choose when to play “Bruin Hockey” and when it doesn’t suit them they start tyo bitch and moan and dive on the ice. Nobody has said that the B’s don’t hit or check or slash or whatever but nobody from Vancouver has owned up tot he fact that they’re as guilty as the Bruins. Can’t have it both ways. Are they a finesse team that’s getting cheap shotted into submission or are they a hard nosed team with some good skill players? One of those two teams wouldn’t be crying foul during a series like this

    • spgood11 - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      The only problem is most all of the moaning and whining I’m hearing is coming from Beantown, and why do the Canuck have to own up to anything? Their obviously a finess team that tried to beat the Bruins to the aggressive/physical punch and it worked for two games. Last night it burnt them, regardless we’re seeing some great hockey.

  10. polegojim - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Statement game as they needed, and as I called it.

    Occassionally, we get stuff right.

    No celebrating – go win a 3-2 game and hold a lead.

    • govtminion - Jun 8, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      I dunno, I admit to being a B’s homer… as such, I wouldn’t mind seeing another 8-1 drubbing for Game 4, myself 😉

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