Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton didn't come down hard on Aaron Rome Monday night following Rome's hit that laid out Nathan Horton in the first period and sent him to the hospital. Part of the reason Thornton measured his comments carefully was that he was teammates with Rome on the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

In one of the more physical, tense and nasty Stanley Cup final games in recent memory, the Bruins hammered the Canucks, 8-1, Monday night in Game 3 and now trail Vancouver, 2 games-to-1. 

Though the Bruins had plenty to smile about after their 8-1 blowout of the Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, their concerns were with the guy who's made a Boston career out of smiling. Nathan Horton had to watch the final two periods of the game from Mass General Hospital after taking a blindside hit to the head from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome and leaving the game on a stretcher.

Speaking after his team's 8-1 win over Vancouver in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at the TD Garden Monday night, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was disappointed in some of his team's actions toward the Canucks. Julien admonished his team for participating in such actions as the ones exhibited by Mark Recchi to Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, and Milan Lucic toward Alex Burrows, both of which involved taunting with their finger.

Speaking to the media following Game 3, Canucks center Manny Malhotra defended teammate Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton. The hit, which Claude Julien deemed to be blindside forced Horton to hit the ice head-first in the first period and leave the game on a stretcher. 

"I thought it was a very clean hit", said Malhotra.  "Just the timing was maybe a fraction off but all in all you see those hits on a daily basis throughout the league."

The Bruins responded to a late, devastating late hit on Nathan Horton with a four-goal second-period explosion and manhandled the Canucks, 8-1, Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. Game 4 is set for Wednesday night in Boston before the series returns to Vancouver for Game 5. Tim Thomas stopped 40-of-41 shots in another brillant playoff performance. 

Bruins forward Nathan Horton was motionless on the ice roughly five minutes into the first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday after taking a blindside hit to the head from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. Horton did not have the puck as Rome dropped the first-line forward at the blueline with an elbow. The back of Horton's head was the first thing to hit the ice. After minutes without moving, Horton was taken off the ice in a stretcher. Rome was given a five-minute interference major and game misconduct. 

The Bruins have scratched rookie Tyler Seguin in favor of Shawn Thornton for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. This is Seguin's 12th healthy scratch of the playoffs, as he sat out the first two rounds before playing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals and scoring three goals in his first two games. 

Thornton has not played since Patrice Bergeron returned from his concussion in Game 4 of the conference finals.

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was announced as a finalist for the 2011 Mark Messier Leadership Award on Monday, with Messier making the announcement at TD Garden prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The award is given to players based on their leadership and contributions to society. The other finalists are Shane Doan of the Coyotes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings.

Former NHL forward Ray Ferraro, who now has a radio show in Vancouver and provides game analysis for Canadian television, joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday and offered a small dose of optimism for Bruins fans.