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.

NESN Bruins analyst and former defenseman Gord Kluzak called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the Stanley Cup finals.

Kluzak said that the Bruins could have won either of the first two games had they played slightly better.

“I think they have had breakdowns at times that have really hurt,” Kluzak said. “I think if they get back to what they can do — and the model is Game 7 vs. Tampa Bay — this thing is very winnable. I'm much more optimistic than I hear you guys were this morning.

Vancouver's Green Men, Force and Sully, stopped by the WEEI studio for a visit with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning while in Boston for Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The two Canucks fans clad in spandex bodysuits made a name for themselves by annoying opposing players in the penalty box at Rogers Arena, but the NHL restricted their behavior after they became cult favorites.

Asked if he had any regrets for openly mocking Patrice Bergeron by sticking his finger in the face of the Bruins center, Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre said everyone should feel to form their own opinion. 

"I've got nothing to answer that," Lapierre said Sunday night during a press availability prior to Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden. "Everybody has own judgment and that's all right. That's what makes it fun.

"Our focus right now is to win a hockey game. It doesn't matter how you do it."

Upon his arrival in Boston late Sunday afternoon, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called Rich Peverley’s slash on Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 a dirty play.

With all the talk about his style in net and the bizarre end to Game 2, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said his teammates need to start making life a little tougher on his counterpart, Roberto Luongo. 

"I've been busy just trying to do my own job," Thomas said. "I think he's played well with what he's been tested with. But I don't think we've tested him enough. That's part of the reason we're down 2-0 in the series."