They must be beaming in Beantown. A Boston 8-1 licking of the Vancouver Canucks, and people, including myself, can abruptly put to bed any thought of a sweep or even a sure-bet Cup for the Vancouverites. The Canucks were simply out-energized and outplayed, and the Bruins are back in it.
Tomorrow I’ll meet many concerned and shell-shocked Canucks fans as I deal with ferry traffic.
But a dark cloud hovers over this impressive Boston slaughtering. Nathan Horton, one of the Bruins’ most dangerous snipers, was leveled by Aaron Rome at 5:07 of the first period and the crowd waited silently as he was wrapped up and carried off on a stretcher. He’s been taken to hospital, and we hope he’s fine.
Habs fans know about this sort of thing and we’d rather not see it.
For Canucks players and fans, it isn’t quite what they’d planned. Not by a country mile. Not a pasting like this. Suddenly the Stanley Cup isn’t a given. If the Bruins tie this series on Wednesday there will be a lot of nail-biting and chug-a-lugging on this west coast for the next while.
Brad Marchand, a player I watch with squinty eyes and a scowl, scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal when he blew in, held on until Roberto Luongo was clearly beaten, and rifled it home. Nice goal by a guy doing it his way whether we like it or not. I still remember fondly, though, when PK Subban blasted him with a classic open-ice thud.
And I suppose I should mention the sensational play of Tim Thomas. Geez it’s tough giving credit where credit is due when it comes to the Boston Bruins.
It seems a long time ago now, but Montreal had this Boston club up two games to none, and the series was as good as won. But it wasn’t. The Bruins showed grit, and for one game at least, they’re showing it again.
But cheer up, Canucks fans. It was never supposed to be easy. It isn’t a walk in Stanley Park.