This got ugly. Brother Jon reported earlier on the hit by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome that knocked Bruins winger Nathan Horton out cold.
It made the highly competitive series go from hard-played, to physical.
Boston, instead of cowering in fear, got mad. They annihilated Vancouver 8-1, though they still trail 2 games to 1 in their best of 7 series.
The game got a bit out of hand in the 3rd period with Boston up 4-0. 20 penalties and a fight, combined with 9, 10-minute misconducts. The ageless Mark Recchi had a couple of goals though most everyone chipped in for Boston in some way, shape or form.
The Bruins were also still stewing over Alex Burrows not getting in trouble for biting in game 1, then coming in and dominating game 2.
So far, both teams have held serve, game 4 is Wednesday night in Boston and if form holds, it should be a lot of fun to watch.
Your highlights from NHL.com
Tony Amonte offers his analysis on the hit on Nathan Horton. (Thanks CSN New England)
Post game sound with Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg, Shawn Thornton and Mark Recchi. (Thanks CSN New England)
AM UPDATE: Horton is done for the playoffs... Rome is, too...
GM Peter Chiarelli announced on the Boston Bruins website that Horton was diagnosed with a severe concussion and would not return...
Vancouver's Aaron Rome had a disciplinary hearing with NHL VP of Operations Mike Murphy this morning and he was given a four-game suspension- taking him out of the playoffs as well...
From CBC Sports and FOSG Elliotte Friedman via Twitter...
The league ((translation: Mike Murphy)) is going to talk to both teams about all the taunting that went on in Game 3. Bruins head coach Claude Julien wasn't too keen on all the extra-curricular stuff. The HQ thought it was pretty funny ourselves...
Or quoting Murphy: "the crap, the garbage that is going on..."
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also talked to Murphy:
Mike Murphy just told me that he's told both clubs the next player who does the finger wagging in a scrum gets 2 min plus 10-min misconduct