There really is no place like home.
The Boston Bruins
returned to TD Garden on Monday night and promptly got back into the Stanley Cup Final with a resounding 8-1 victory against Vancouver, cutting the Canucks' lead in the series to 2-1. The Bruins assured that the two sides will be flying back to Vancouver after Game 4 on Wednesday night -- the Bruins hope they'll be doing it with the series all even.
Here are some of the key figures from Game 3:
-- Points in this series by Vancouver center Henrik Sedin
, who entered the game leading all players in postseason scoring with 21 points. Sedin does not even have a shot in the three games so far.
-- Combined first-period goals by the Canucks and Bruins in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. The teams went scoreless on 19 shots in the first period of Game 3, and goaltenders Roberto Luongo
of Vancouver and Tim Thomas
of Boston have combined to stop 69 of 70 first-period shots thus far in the series.
-- Hits credited to Thomas, the first by a goaltender since San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov
in 2007. Manny Legace
in 2006 is the only other goaltender in the last five years to be credited with a hit.
-- Power-play goals scored in the Final by the Bruins, including two by Mark Recchi
in Game 3. Boston has outscored Vancouver, the NHL's top power play during the regular season, 3-1 with the extra man in the first three games.
-- Goals allowed by the Canucks in the second period of Game 3, matching the number they had allowed in their previous three games. Prior to Monday, the Canucks had allowed just 13 second-period goals in their 19 playoff games this spring. Canucks center Ryan Kesler
was on the ice for all four goals -- he was minus-3 and deflected a power-play pass by Recchi into the net.
-- Games played by the Bruins this spring that have been decided by three or more goals. Boston has won four -- the first three came in Games 1, 3 and 4 during Boston's four-game sweep of Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Their only three-goal loss was 5-2 to Tampa Bay in the opener of the conference finals.
-- Shots on goal by the Bruins during the five-minute power play resulting from the first-period interference major to Vancouver's Aaron Rome
. Unfortunately for Boston, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo
stopped all six. The Bruins had only one other shot in the first period.
-- Goals in the margin of victory, the most in a Stanley Cup Final game in exactly 15 years. Colorado beat Florida 8-1 in Game 2 of the 1996 Final on June 6, 1996.
-- Games during this year's playoff in which the Bruins have won after scoring first, as they did it Game 3 They've lost only once -- in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay.
-- Shorthanded goals scored in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Five of them have been scored against Vancouver, including two by Boston (Brad Marchand
and Daniel Paille
) in Game 3 -- just the second and third by the B's this spring.
-- Times in which the Bruins have won despite being outshot by their opponents during this year's playoffs. Boston is now 10-4 when being outshot.
-- Seconds into the second period that Boston needed to get the Game's first goal. Andrew Ference
's screened slapper from the left point past Roberto Luongo
was the Bruins' first shot on goal since David Krejci
had one at 9:47 of the opening period, a span of 10:24.
-- Goals in this year's playoffs by Krejci, who scored the fourth of the Bruins' four goals in their big second period. He now leads all players in goals this spring.
-- Years since a team has taken a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The last team to do it was Detroit, which won the first three games on the way to a four-game sweep of Washington in 1998 -- the last of four consecutive 3-0 leads that led to sweeps.
-- Years since a team scored two shorthanded goals in the same Stanley Cup Final game. The Minnesota North Stars did it against Pittsburgh on May 23, 1991 -- but lost 6-4.
-- Years since the Bruins acquired Hall of Famer Cam Neely
from the Canucks. On June 6, 1986, Neely's 21st birthday, the Bruins got him and Vancouver's first-round pick in 1987 (Glen Wesley
) for forward Barry Pederson
. Neely is now the Bruins' president after a career that earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame.