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    Top 10 Bruins playoff games of the 2011 playoffs: Stanley Cup Finals Game 3

    Joe Makarski August 1, 2011

    The Bruins 8-1 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals kicks off the list of Top-10 Bruins playoff games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top 10 playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Today we take a look at No. 10: Stanley Cup Finals Game 3, Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins.

    After two heartbreaking losses in Vancouver to kick off the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins knew that Game 3 on home ice was a must-win.

    The Bruins delivered in a huge way with an 8-1 victory, but the win came at a costly price.

    Five minutes into a scoreless game, Nathan Horton carried the puck up ice and hit Milan Lucic with a pass as he crossed the blue line and into the Canucks zone.

    Canucks defensemen Aaron Rome stepped up and nailed Nathan Horton with a late and vicious hit that left Horton knocked out on the TD Garden ice. Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and the Bruins had to regroup in a game they had to win.

    The Bruins failed to score on the ensuing five minute power play, and the two teams ended the period scoreless.

    The Bruins kicked off the second period exactly the way they wanted. 11 seconds into the second frame Andrew Ference got the Bruins on the board after a fluky goal. Four minutes later the Bruins would strike again with a power play goal from Mark Recchi.

    Brad Marchand would add a shorthanded goal, and David Krejci would join in on the fun as the Bruins scored four times in the period and took a 4-0 lead into the third.

    With the Canucks on the power play after nine penalties were handed out between the two teams, Gregory Campbell would find the back of the net, the Bruins second shorthanded goal of the evening.

    Jannik Hansen would end the Bruins run in the third in what would be the only goal the Canucks would score all night.

    Recchi, Chris Kelly, and Michael Ryder would all score after the Vancouver goal to cap off the 8-1 win.

    Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was between the pipes for all of the Bruins eight goals.

    Bruins Goal Scorers: Ference, Recchi-2, Marchand, Krejci, Pallie, Kelly, Ryder
    Canucks Goal Scorers:

    Game Notes:

    The win (13th of playoffs) ties the 2010-11 Bruins with the 1989-90 Bruins for most playoff wins in a single playoff year.
    The eight goals scored by the Bruins were the most the franchise has scored in a playoff game since a 9-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on April 20, 1983.
    The Bruins become the eighth team to score two shorthanded goals in one Stanley Cup Final game.
    The win was the Bruins fourth consecutive Game 3 win in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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