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Here’s some additional thoughts on Monday night’s 8-1 win for the Bruins in Game 3.
Tim Thomas finished Game 3 with 40 saves on 41 shots, with Vancouver edging Boston for shots on goal 41-38. He seems to only get better as the pressure has built, and I tweeted last night that if the Bruins should lose the Stanley Cup Finals, I believe that Thomas should still be awarded the title of MVP for this series. He has the best player on the ice through the first three games, without question. See: Chuck Howley in the 1971 Super Bowl, or Jerry West in the 1969 NBA Finals.
As I was finishing this article, it was confirmed that Nathan Horton has a severe concussion and will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals. Play close attention to how the league handles this situation and the disciplanry action that comes down, because this will surely become a benchmark example of the dangerous hits that can cost players their careers and livelihood.
The score speaks for itself, but if you watched the game you saw a Bruins team that skated faster and hit harder than perhaps they ever have. They looked like the team that was favored. They looked like the team with more talent and more in their legs. They certainly imposed their will on the Canucks in a way that no one has this entire season. The series is far from over, and the Bruins still need another win at home to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive. But, it looks as though someone poked the literal and proverbial bear, and sometimes that’s all it takes.
For Bruins fans’ viewing pleasure – here’s video of Milan Lucic punching Alexandre Burrows and then nearly successfully inserting his fingers into Burrows’ mouth: