It's been a theme in the Stanley Cup Finals, but needs to be said again: Tim Thomas is an absolute brick wall. Though the Boston Bruins did concede three goals in Game 2, Thomas has weathered the onslaught of shots from the Vancouver Canucks potent offense throughout the series and almost single-handedly kept his team in games. The same holds true in Game 3 as Thomas has stone-walled the Canucks to the tune of 35 saves.
The Bruins did their damage in the second period, scoring four answered goals after Nathan Horton was knocked cold by Aaron Rome. Since then, Boston has found a rhythm on the offensive end, scoring twice at even-strength, once on a power play and once short-handed. With Thomas in net, the 4-0 lead appears to be safe, despite a bevy of shots directed at the Boston net.
On the other side, Roberto Luongo has 23 saves, but also conceded the four second period goals. Boston was efficient in the second, finding the net four times on 13 shots to take the commanding lead. Thomas also was credited with a hit, which may serve as a feather in his cap in a game that's already well in hand, it seem.
Shawn Thornton was given a game misconduct with 12:02 to go after a skirmish in front of the net following another Tim Thomas save. At this point in the game, with tensions high and Boston well in control, the referees are clamping down to ensure order going forward.
Just about halfway through the third period, the Boston Bruins lead the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3, 4-0.