BOSTON (AP) - Just about every whistle is bringing fisticuffs now.
NHL scoring champion Daniel Sedin and Andrew Ference were sent off for matching 10 minute misconducts for mixing it up, and the next time play stopped it was Bruins forward Shawn Thornton going off _ two minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. There was still 12:02 left in the game, but Thornton went off to the Bruins locker room, throwing his stick down and displaying some generally antisocial behavior in the hallway.
Getting chippy here in Game 3.
Zdeno Chara and Alex Burrows both went off early in the third period for unsportsmanlike conduct for whacking at each other with their sticks while waiting for a faceoff. Chara joins Michael Ryder in the box; he went off for roughing at 17:10.
The Bruins started the third period killing off the last 1:36 of Johnny Boychuk’s double-minor for high-sticking.
But Vancouver wasn’t able to score on any of the power plays.
And it’s still 4-0 Boston.
Frustration is spilling over from the Vancouver Canucks after allowing four goals in the second period to give Boston a 4-0 lead.
After the buzzer, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara hooked Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, which led to some jawing, and Kesler had to be held back by the linesman.
The Canucks finished the period with a 4-minute power play on a double-minor by Johnny Boychuk for high sticking. But they couldn’t get much going. In fact the Bruins had the best scoring opportunity, almost picking up their second short-handed goal of the game.
As it is, it’s Boston’s highest-scoring game in the Stanley Cup final since a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the 1978 championship series.
And we’ve still got 20 minutes to go.