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Stanley Cup Final Game 3 live blog

by Dan Rosen / NHL.com
THIRD PERIOD

20:00: It's a final, Boston claws within 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final with a dominating 8-1 win in Game 3. Hope you enjoyed the live blog for Game 3.

19:29: Michael Ryder makes it 8-1 Bruins. Unreal. It was also a power play goal.

18:06: And, the extra point is good. Boston has a 7-1 lead. This one for Chris Kelly from the slot.

17:39: While taking a hit from Edler, Marchand got the puck out of the corner and to the front of the net for Recchi, who put home his second of the night and third in the series to give Boston a 6-1 lead. Nobody on the Canucks was covering the slot. It's been a problem all night long.

13:53: Solid puck movement by the Canucks and Jannik Hansen scores to break up Thomas' shutout. Maxim Lapierre got the puck to Raffi Torres, who crossed it to Hansen for a one-timer. Hansen raised his arms in celebration as he skated away from the net. The fans didnt' like that one too much.

11:38: Make it 5-0 Bruins. As if the rout wasn't already on, Daniel Paille connects for his third of the playoffs. It's a shorthanded goal. He got around Jeff Tambellini, who hasn't played much but is having a rough night, and put a shot on Luongo that hit off the catching glove and trickled in. The P.A. announcer is still announcing all the penalties from the previous play.

11:16: The post-whistle stuff continues with Alex Burrows and Milan Lucic getting tangled, with Burrows firing the first punch and Lucic reacting with a few quick blows. As they were being restrained, Lucic held his finger out in front of Burrows' face, tempting him to bite, of course. As they were skating off toward the respective dressing rooms, Ryan Kesler and Dennis Seidenberg dropped the gloves and went at it. They both fell quickly, but Kesler got on top of Seidenberg and got in a few pops before the refs could get to them. Not exactly stuff for the faint at heart right now. A lot of message sending going on here with the Bruins up 4-0.

10:05: Chris Higgins could have made it 4-1, which probably wouldn't have meant much at this point. But, Tim Thomas was having none of it. Thomas stoned Higgins on a blue-line-in breakaway for his 37th save of the night to keep his shutout in tact. All Thomas fans are now knocking on wood and ready to curse me if he gives one up.

7:58: The ugly stuff continues with Shawn Thornton being sent off for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. He face-washed Ryan Kesler in a scrum after the whistle. The refs clearly are having none of the post-whistle stuff right now. Thornton was so mad that he yelled at the officials as he left and threw his stick down the hallway leading to the Bruins' dressing room.

6:59: Tim Thomas leveled Henrik Sedin in the slot. Henrik tried to glvoe the puck and put it down, but as he did Thomas belted him. Seconds later, Daniel Sedin was hit by Andrew Ference slightly after the whistle. Daniel wrapped his arms around Ference as the Bruins' defenseman was skating away from him. Both Ference and Daniel Sedin were hit with 10-minute misconduct penalties.

2:50:
But, the Canucks will get another chance here with Ryder going off for roughing Andrew Alberts along the boards. Will Vancouver connect?

1:36: Vancouver's power play fizzles out again. The Canucks are 0-for-5 on the power play with eight shots on goal. They've also given up a shorthanded goal. Boston's power play has connected in each of the last two games. The tides have turned.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: Tim Thomas has made 28 saves and the Bruins have goals from Andrew Ference, Mark Recchi, Brad Marchand and David Krejci for a 4-0 lead after two periods. Vancouver's power play is 0-for-4. The Canucks will have 1:36 left on the second half of Johnny Boychuk's high-sticking double minor when the third period begins. The Bruins scored four goals on 14 shots in the period. Thomas made 15 saves in the second.

17:36: Vancouver is getting a 4-minute power play with Johnny Boychuk off for a high-sticking double-minor on Victor Oreskovich. The Canucks are 0-for-3 on the power play. Seconds into the power play Patrice Bergeron had a shorthanded scoring chance for the Bruins.

15:47: David Krejci adds to the goal party to give Boston a 4-0 lead. Ryder came into the zone untouched and from the middle above the hash marks fires a shot that Luongo blockererd away. Krejci was right there with Kevin Bieksa standing still and fired it in. TD Garden is, as you would expect, rocking.

11:30: So much for that momentum swing. Boston has it all now with Brad Marchand making a great individual play to score a shorthanded goal and give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Marchand got the puck off a turnover by Daniel Sedin in the neutral zone. He beat Alex Edler by chipping the puck to himself off the right wing wall. He then beat Ryan Kesler and with Roberto Luongo down, Marchand cut through the slot to the left side, waited patiently and finally roofed a shot over the prone goalie for an unassisted shorthanded goal.

10:30: The Canucks will have another power play opportunity when the commercial break is over. Lucic is off for slashing. Here's yet another chance for the Canucks to take back some of the momentum in this game.

9:35: Vancouver didn't change the momentum with its power play. The Canucks had a good first minute on the PP, but Boston controlled the second minute. Manny Malhotra just had his first great scoring chance of the series, but he was thwarted by Tim Thomas, who has 19 saves at this point. Malhotra stole the puck from Milan Lucic and went in on Thomas, but he shot it into the pads and fell into the goal, pushing Thomas backwards as well.

7:30: Recchi now gets credit for the power play goal. Ryder and Ference get the assists.

6:22: Canucks going to the power play with Ference off for tripping Burrows. Boston has all the momentum. Vancouver has to use this power play to change that.

4:22:
The Bruins power play strikes as the home team takes a 2-0 lead. Some good puck movement leads to a goal being credited to Peverley, even though it appears on replays that Ryan Kesler actually put the puck in the net. Mark Recchi may get the credit for this one. Jeff Tambellini was in the box for hooking Shawn Thornton at 2:42. Ference gave the puck to Michael Ryder, who fed it across to Recchi. He tried to get the puck in front to Peverley, but it appeared that Kesler tipped the pass and it went through Luongo's legs.

0:11: Andrew Ference gives the Bruins the 1-0 lead with a knuckling slap shot from the left point that went through everyone in front of the net and straight into the top far corner. Alex Edler broke his stick allowing David Krejci to come in with the puck. He fired wide, but the puck rimmed around the corner boards and came up to Rich Peverley, who shoveled it to Ference for the one-timer.

FIRST PERIOD

20:00:
The first period finishes up scoreless. The Canucks have a 12-7 edge in shots on goal. They took the final seven shots of the period. Boston went the final 10:43 without a shot on goal. The Bruins had six of their shots during their five-minute power play. Lots of hitting in the period. Boston credited with 15 hits and Vancouver 14. Patrice Bergeron was 5-0 on faceoffs and the Bruins were 9-4 overall.

19:00: Tim Thomas just made the biggest save of the game, stopping Mason Raymond on a glorious chance from the slot. Ryan Kesler gathered the loose puck and fed it to Raymond, who dragged the puck on his stick to get around Dennis Seidenberg. He shot it into Thomas' pads as he tried to go five-hole.

15:00: They just announced in the press box that Nathan Horton has been transported to Mass General Hospital and is moving all of his extremities.

13:54:
Vancouver just had its first power play of the game fizzle out. Adam McQuaid went to the box for a delay of game, but the Canucks couldn't convert. They had only one shot on goal. Boston and Vancouver are tied with seven shots apiece. The Bruins have only one at even strength.

10:07: Boston got off 6 shots on goal during the 5-minute power play, and even got some good looks, but could not convert. Zdeno Chara was not on the point of the first power play unit.

5:07: Nathan Horton was crushed at the blue line by Aaron Rome and he had to be taken off on a stretcher. Rome was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, which was delivered late. It looked like Horton took three strides after delivering a pass to Milan Lucic on his left side. Raffi Torres sat in the box for Rome. Horton did not have much movement when he was taken off. We'll update further when we have more information.

8:15: TD Garden rocks before puck drop

It started with highlights of Cam Neely's career in Boston being shown on the big scoreboard. After all, it was 25 years ago today that Vancouver traded him to Boston. Soon enough, Neely, in his Bruins' jersey, was shown on the big screen and the place went bonkers.

Highlights moved to current Bruins' moments throughout the season and these playoffs. Soon enough a giant flag with the Bruins spoked B logo was unfurled in section 19 and it started moving through the lower bowl. A darkened TD Garden rocked as the Bruins took to the ice, led, of course, by Tim Thomas.

The ever-popular and dramatic Rene Rancourt performed the anthems. He was helped by the fair amount of Canucks' fans here during 'O Canada,' and also aided by the rocking Bruins' fans during The Star-Spangled Banner.

Game 3 is about to get under way.


8:02: Boston's new lines

With Shawn Thornton in and Tyler Seguin scratched, this is what Boston's lines should look like:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

7:57: Scratch that
Seguin

After much speculation and some gamesmanship with their pre-game warm-up line rushes, Boston coach Claude Julien has opted to scratch rookie Tyler Seguin in favor of Shawn Thornton, who hasn't played since Game 2 against Tampa Bay. Seguin hasn't recorded a point since that same game when he had 4 points.

7:52: Flag bearers


One of the cool scenes here at TD Garden is seeing all the flag bearers spread along the first row of the upper bowl. Each flag has the last name and number of a Bruins player. They also have flags for all the retired numbers. We're sitting above Bobby Orr's No. 4 flag.

7:41 p.m.: The (unofficial) lineups

Based on warm-ups appear to be the same. Here they are:

BOSTON

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

VANCOUVER

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Mason Raymond
Raffi Torres - Maxim Lapierre - Jannik Hansen
Jeff Tambellini - Manny Malhotra - Victor Oreskovich

Aaron Rome - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Sami Salo
Andrew Alberts - Christian Ehrhoff

7:22 p.m. ET: PREGAME BEFORE WARM-UPS


Welcome to NHL.com's Live Blog for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. I can only hope to bring you the same amount of important material as Shawn P. Roarke offered in this space for Games 1 and 2.

Now to the scene. There is a great buzz outside the building both from Bruins' fans and Canucks' fans. Walking in I noticed probably about 60-70 Canucks' fans chanting, "Sweep, sweep, sweep" and a few other unflattering remarks while being filmed by Rogers Sportsnet. Bruins fans didn't like that, and they had a few choice words of their own aimed at the people wearing the blue jerseys.

Inside TD Garden the areas alongside the glass are filling up as the fans await warm-ups for the first Stanley Cup Final played in Boston since 1990. Warm-ups are set to begin and you need to keep following along right here with NHL.com's Live Blog for Game 3.
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