After two games with borderline anemic offense, save for a two minute spurt in Game 2, the Boston Bruins have come alive, and have the Vancouver Canucks on the ropes in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Boston is on fire in the second period, holding a 4-0 lead with just about four minutes to go in the frame. And the Bruins have done it in every way, scoring two full-strength goals, one on a power play and one more shorthanded.
Andrew Ference got the scoring started just 11 seconds into the second period. If you'll remember, Alex Burrows found the back of the net just 11 seconds into overtime in Game 2 to give the Canucks a 3-2 win and 2-0 series lead. Four minutes later, Mark Recchi added a second goal, scoring on a power play after Jeff Tambellini was sent to the box for hooking.
Finally, Brad Marchand broke free on a penalty kill, faking Roberto Luongo and going top-shelf to give the Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead. Recchi added a second, again going high and to Luongo's glove side just a few minutes later to add a fourth goal on 13 shots in the second period. Suddenly, the Bruins are alive, and have a chance to steal a game back from a Vancouver team that's been nearly unstoppable over the first two games in the series.
With time winding down in the second period, the Boston Bruins lead the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0.
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