Published June 7, 2011
For a period it was tense, and a bit dangerous.
Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome clocked the Bruins’ Nathan Horton as he passed the puck and came across the Canucks’ blue line at the 5:07 mark of the first period. Horton lay on the ice for several minutes motionless and dazed and was eventually taken off on a stretcher.
Before the period was over, the Bruins alerted the media that Horton had been taken to Mass General Hospital and all of his extremities were in working order. However, reports after the game had Horton thinking he was still in Vancouver. Rome was ejected from the game and suspended for four games, so he’ll be out for the rest of the series. The Bruins announced this morning that Horton has a severe concussion, so we also won’t see him for the remainder of the Stanley Cup finals.
After that hit, the Bruins’ play looked a bit like they were in shock mode — and who could blame them. But when they came out to begin the second period, they were a team with renewed purpose. After Andrew Ference fired a shot from the blue line that made its way through a few bodies and behind goaltender Roberto Luongo, the rout was on.
The Bruins finally scored on the power play and the highlight of the night came on the penalty kill. Ference poked the puck away from a Canucks player and Brad Marchand skated down the right side, played the puck off the boards past a defender to himself, swooped in on Luongo and lifted the puck over the prone goalie to notch a 3-0 Bruins lead.
The Bruins scored four more in the third, including again on both the power play and shorthanded. Surprisingly, Vancouver never changed goaltenders.