Bruins-Canucks Game 3 Scoring Chances

Hello all, first I would like to apologize for the inactivity on this blog for the past week or so. I have been experiencing some major computer issues recently and haven’t been able to post here as frequently. I have been following the Stanley Cup Final extensively, though and game 3 was probably the wildest game we’ve seen so far. Of the 41 chances in the game, only 20 came at even strength and we saw numerous line shake-ups due to players beign ejected or leaving due to injury. Much has already been said about the punishment Aaron Rome faced for his brutal hit on Nathan Horton, which knocked him out of the game so I will save my thoughts on that for now. Horton being knocked out seemed to jolt Boston in this game, though as they responded by scoring 4 goals int he second period and went onto win 8-1. Was this because they were rallying around their fallen comrade? Possibly. However, I think one big factor is that the Canucks were forced to play with five defenseman after Rome was ejected and when one of those players is Andrew Alberts, then there’s bound to be a lot of problems.

Note: Vancouver’s chances are blue and Boston’s are gold.

Boston did not score on their first powerplay (the five minute major they got for Rome’s hit) but they sure did generate a lot of chances on it, and that was really important. Also good that they capitalized on a lot of their chances int he second period and didn’t allow the Canucks to do much of anything for the first two periods. Vancouver had a lot of powerplay opportunities too and they did next to nothing with them and even allowed two short-handed goals. It is a little funny because many talked about how everything was going in the Canucks favor this series when everything went wrong for them in this game.

Vancouver Scoring Chances by Player:

 

 Best ES Forward: Mason Raymond +4

Worst ES Forward: Raffi Torres, Victor Oreskovich -1

Best ES Defenseman: Sami Salo +5

Worst ES Defenseman: Alex Edler: -4

Vingeault had to roll five defenseman for most of this game and you can tell that it showed here. Kevin Bieksa has been a horse all playoffs but this was not one of his finer games. Edler was brutal and Alberts was torched on the penalty kill despite playing less than three minutes there. Sami Salo and Christian Ehrhoff had pretty good games, though despite the canucks getting blown out, but I think Ehrhoff may have benefitted from a good chunk of offensive zone starts. Also, Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows failed to record a chance at even strength. Yikes. As much as I like Mason Raymond, he shouldn’t be the Canucks best forward in a game this big. I’m sure Burrows will rebound but he was a complete non-factor in game 3. Vancouver’s third line was a key to their success in game 1 but it appears that the Bruins are finding ways to stop it now.

Bruins Scoring Chances by Player:

 

Best ES Forward: Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille +2

Worst ES Forward: Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell -2

Best ES Defenseman: Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference +1

Worst ES Defenseman: Dennis Seidenberg -4

Horton’s injury gives Julien some options on what he can do with his forward corps. He elected to move Rich Peverley up to the first line for some of the game and he played pretty decently. Shawn Thornton did not play as much of a factor as the Bruins would have hoped for but he was not awful. It would be nice to get soem more chances from this forward corps at even strength but there’s quite a few guys here doing well in other facets. Paille was excellent on the penalty kill and so was Peverley. Lucic, Krejci and Ryder also had great games on the powerplay and that’s great news for Bruins fans. Boychuk and Ference were given easier matchups and played better as a result. Same thing occured in game 2 after Julien decided to return to pairing Chara with Seidenberg instead of Boychuk. Seidenberg struggled a lot at even strength, though.

Head-to-Head

 

 Salo was the only Canuck player to win all of his battles with Raymond in a close second. Kesler’s line did well against most of their competition and they definitely got their chances, so I wouldnt’ be surprised to see that line get on the score sheet next game. Chris Kelly was the only Bruins player to win all of his matchups but Chara and Paille came pretty close.

Not exactly sure what this will say about game 4 because only a little over half of this game was played at even strength and there were a lot of other strange occurrences as well. I can safely say that there probably wont be another game like this in the final, although that’s not saying much.

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