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BOSTON (AP) - The Bruins are threatening to turn what had been a close series into a blowout.
Brad Marchand made a nice move around the defense and went in all alone on Roberto Luongo for a shorthanded goal that gave Boston a 3-0 lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
It was Boston’s third goal of the second period after a scoreless first.
In the first two games of the series, no team had led by more than one.
And it’s 2-0 Boston _ the first two-goal lead of the series.
The Bruins picked up a rare power-play goal when Canucks defenseman Ryan Kesler deflected a crossing pass through his own goalie’s legs at the 4:22 mark of the second period.
The goal was credited to Peverley. We’ll see if that stands.
That’s how long it took the Canucks to win Game 2 in overtime on Saturday night, and that’s how long it took Boston to break a scoreless tie at the start of the second period in Game 3.
The Bruins won the faceoff to start the period and brought it into the Vancouver zone, and the puck came around to Andrew Ference at the point. His high slapshot beat Roberto Luongo and gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
The time: 11 seconds into the second.
So far the news is good on Bruins forward Nathan Horton.
The Bruins announced that Horton is moving his arms and legs after a frightening hit by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome left him laid out on the ice, motionless. Horton was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team said he’s moving his extremities. That got a standing ovation from the crowd when it was posted on the scoreboard.
“It’s a tough thing to swallow right now,” Julien said. “Our spirits are OK. I heard guys saying, ‘Let’s do it for Horty.’ So we’re good to go.”
Horton had just passed the puck to Milan Lucic and was coming over the blue line when Rome lowered a shoulder into him and knocked him backward. Horton, who appeared to hit his head on the ice, lay motionless, with his right arm in the air, as trainers rushed to attend to him.
Rome was called over to the penalty box, then ushered off the ice with a major for interference and a game misconduct.
The crowd gasped when the replay was shown on the scoreboard.
The Canucks have the same guys out there as in Game 2. That means Dan Hamhuis is out, and former Bruin Andrew Alberts is in on defense.
Hamhuis missed his second straight game after hurting himself delivering a check on Milan Lucic midway through Game 1.
Also in the lineup for Vancouver is Manny Malhotra, who had been out since March 16 after taking a puck to the face and having two operations on his left eye. The team thought his season was over, but he returned to practice three weeks ago and returned for Game 2.
He took the opening faceoff and lost it to Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins have shaken up the lineup a bit in an effort to get more scoring.
Rookie Tyler Seguin is a scratch for the first time in the Stanley Cup finals. In comes Shawn Thornton, who’s one of only two Bruins to have won the Cup before. He was on the Anaheim Ducks team that won it all in 2007.
The other Bruin with his name on the trophy is Mark Recchi, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won it in 1991 and for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. (There’s no truth to the rumor that the 43-year-old Recchi, the oldest player in the NHL, played for the Montreal Maroons when they won it all in 1926.)
Seguin has been a puzzle for the Bruins to figure out.
The No. 2 overall pick in the draft, Seguin sat out the first 11 games of the playoffs before getting into the lineup in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had a goal and an assist in Game 1, then two goals and two assists in Game 2 _ but he hasn’t scored since.
The Stanley Cup finals are back in Boston tonight for the first time since 1990.
The crowd is still filtering in, but already there seem to be a lot of fans in blue and green sprinkled through the stands. It’s about 3,000 miles from Vancouver _ that’s about 5,000 kilometers, for those of you scoring in Canada. But it’s only about a 5 hour drive from Montreal or Quebec and the Eastern provinces.
It’s the first time the finals have been played in the TD Garden. When the Bruins played the Edmonton Oilers in 1990, the old Boston Garden was still up.
The Oilers won in ‘90 in five games. That was their fifth title in seven years, and the second time in three years that they went through Boston to win the Cup. In 1988, playing in the old Garden, the heat in the un-air conditioned building caused fog to rise from the ice and forced the officials to stop play from time to time to let it clear. But with the score tied 3-3 in second period, the power went out.
The game was canceled and replayed in its entirety in Edmonton, which won to complete the sweep.
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