Boston, buoyed by Lucky Charms, shows their lack of cooth
The Bruins decided to try to change the nature of game 3, dressing tough guy Thornton in place of Seguin, looking to turn back the clock to the days of old time Boston Bruins hockey. Despite the self-righteous prattle from their coach, Boston has anything but taken the high-road in these Stanley Cup Playoffs. Those who followed their series with the Montreal Canadian saw them resort to cheap-shot hockey when they fell behind in the series. They have done nothing but whine over a humourous, inconsequential nibble and have really milked the whole playing victim thing. No one takes them seriously after having gone unscathed for some vicious cheap shops against the Canadians taken by the likes of Chara and Ferrence. Opting to take a skilled player like Seguin out of tonight's lineup against Vancouver is a questionable tactic, one that shouldn't be credited for Boston's turnaround in Game 3. The kind of tough talking and threats that Thornton was engaging in were something Vancouver has seen many times, and may have had something to do with Rome's aggressive hit on Horton, but Thornton was certainly not the key to the different outcome in game 3.
What turned that game in Boston's favour was simply mercy luck.
A fluky Edler broken stick and own-goal to start the second period, followed by a very weak penalty call on Tambellini for lifting Thornton's stick, which lead to the Kesler own-goal and one thing was clear - Boston may not have brought their game, but they brought their lucky charms.
Thomas was good and lucky to keep the game even, and the hockey gods had some mercy on a team that looked headed for yet another loss in a Stanley Cup finals game. Boston started to find their game after the flood of luck, and their best player, Marchand scored a short-handed goal - but don't expect that to last into the next game. After being outplayed significantly in the first period, two straight own-goals in the back of Vancouver's net turned the game into a Halloween classic. But when you are down 2 games to none in a series and get outplayed at home in the first period of game 3... you are probably not as good as your opponent.
There was something about the way the Bruins players celebrated the 5-0 goal - that lacked the character of a championship team. Generally in a game like that, it is the team on the short end that shows their frustration, but in this game, it was Boston that lacked composure; instead of being thankful to the hockey gods, they got carried away.
Enjoy the luck, the anniversary, the 'ol time hockey' and the win, while you can...
In the end, you won't be joining the RedSox, Celtics and Patriots. You've just sweetened the deal when the Canucks hoist the Cup.