I’ve noted many times in this space that I am pretty much just a casual hockey fan – though I follow the team closely and keep up with all moves and news – but last night was one of the most entertaining sporting events I’ve witnessed in some time.
Fed up with the antics of the Canucks, and after seeing a cheap shot in the first period send teammate Nathan Horton to the hospital, the Bruins unleashed the fury on Vancouver last night, routing the Canucks 8-1 at TD Garden to get back into the Stanley Cup Finals. Vancouver still leads the series two games to one with game four set for tomorrow night at the Garden. Get the complete links at Bruinslinks.com.
Response team – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins stepping up their game after Horton was taken out. More game stories and wrapups from Steve Conroy | Paul Kenyon | Amanda Bruno | Mick Colageo | Danny Picard | James Murphy | DJ Bean
Bruins earn redemption in Game 3 – Joe Haggerty has the Bruins getting themselves back into the series. Bob Ryan says that this performance was a long time in coming. Jackie MacMullan has the Bruins responding with force. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins determined to win after the hit on Horton.
Thomas’s performance is a huge hit – Tim Thomas not only protected his net from the puck last night, he also managed to level Henrik Sedin to the delight of Bruins fans. Michael Whitmer looks at a memorable night for the Bruins goaltender. More on Thomas from Ron Borges | Matt Kalman
Cherry on top of all things Bruins-related – Stephen Harris has the former Bruins coach delighted to see his former team back in the Finals.
Hits still issue they can’t lick – Kevin Paul Dupont has a pair of articles on hits in the NHL and the discipline (or lack thereof) being handed out by the league. The second one is NHL deserves assist on hit.
Marchand not short on the right stuff – Barbara Matson has the rookie showing his electic stuff with a short-handed goal.
Mark Recchi quiets critics – Dan Duggan has the 43-year-old netting a pair of goals in the win.
Bruins’ Ference threw his weight around – Eric McHugh looks at the big contributions from the defenseman.
Funny business by Milan Lucic – Steve Conroy’s notebook has coach Claude Julien not amused by the antics of his forward in taunting the Canucks last night. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has more on the contributions of Thornton. The ProJo Bruins Journal has more on the hit on Horton, which will keep him out for the remainder of the series. The CSNNE.com notes have more on Julien chastising his team for their taunting. The New England Hockey Journal has Canucks coach Vigneault subtly insulting Nathan Horton and blaming him for his injury.
The new prospect crop: Sox hope first day of draft yields impact – Alex Speier has a look at the prospects drafted by the Red Sox on the first night of the MLB draft.
Adrian Gonzalez not perfect, yet worth every dime – Gerry Callahan with a column on the Red Sox new slugger, which predictably is not so much a prose of praise for Gonzalez as it is a chance to bash Manny Ramirez, who Callahan says “bilked” the Red Sox out of $160 million.
He’s comfortable with his position – Michael Vega has Jarrod Saltalamacchia coming into his own with the Red Sox.
Jon Lester not rolling with Red Sox – Gordon Edes notes that the Red Sox lefty has been surprisingly average during Boston’s hot streak.
Sox never so eager to go to the Bronx – Tom Caron has the Red Sox looking forward to their series with the AL East leading Yankees.
Red Sox, Yanks renew rivalry with first place on line – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the two teams ready to battle. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has more on Lester’s struggles.