Final score: Bruins 8, Canucks 1
By Mark Marino www.thehubofhockey.net
BOSTON – Seven different goal scorers and 40-of-41 saves by Tim Thomas, and the Boston Bruins are right back in this Stanley Cup Finals.
Tonight’s 8-1 shellacking ties the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals game for the most lopsided Finals when Colorado beat-up the Panthers 8-1.
Here’s a look at the box score:
- Thomas continues to be the best player in a Bruins sweater. The Vezina Finalist now has posted a 1.67 goals-against average and a .953 save-percentage this series.
- Tempers flared as both teams combined for 145 penalty minutes and 10, 10-minute misconducts.
- Canucks’ goaltender Roberto Luongo allowed eight goals on 38 shots last night — a .789 save-percentage, his third-worst start of the post season.
- The Bruins killed-off all eight times shorthanded…and have no successfully killed-off 15-of-16 Vancouver power plays
- They also score two shorthanded goals which ties an NHL record for most shorthanded goals in a Stanley Cup Final game. It was done seven times prior, with the last coming in 1991 by the Minnesota NorthStars
- The Bruins playoff record for shorthanded goals in a game is three vs. Minnesota on Apr. 11, 1981.
- Mark Recchi’s power play goal (his second in as many games) would be the game-winner
- Nathan Horton, who was knocked-out with a head-shot in open-ice, is awake, alert, and moving his extremities at Mass General Hospital, where he will stay overnight for further observations.
“I think what I would call it is it was a blindside hit that we’ve talked about taking out of the game. He made the pass. It was late. He came from the blindside. Whether it’s through the motion of the hit, it appeared he left his feet a little bit,” said head coach Claude Julien in his post game press conference. ”Say what I always say: let the league take care of it. We’re trying to clean that out. Let’s see where they go with that.”
“You know, obviously you never want to see any player leave in that situation,” said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. “I think our whole team and myself and the whole organization hopes that he’s all right. The hit obviously seemed to be a little bit late, so…He [Aaron Rome] got five minutes for interference and was kicked out of the game.