Bruins up 5-0 in third period vs. Canucks

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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.

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Make it four straight goals for the Boston Bruins.

David Krejci scored on a long rebound to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks. That’s blown open the game and brought the Boston crowd back into it.

Of course, no one here needs to be reminded of last year’s collapse, when the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Boston also led the series three games to none before the Flyers came back to force a seventh game.) So no one is ready to call it a night yet.

We’ll see how the Bruins play with a lead. The only other time they’ve led in this series was in Game 2, when they took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period and Vancouver tied it up midway through the third. The Canucks won it just 11 seconds into overtime.

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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.

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