The Boston Bruins sent a strong message to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. They are back in the series, here to stay and ready to challenge for the Cup. After two games, we weren't quite sure if that was the case. Now, we know.
So as we enter Game 4 on Wednesday night, it's likely the most important game of the series for both teams (until, of course, the next game). For the Bruins, it's a chance to push the series to an even playing field yet again, while for the Canucks, it's an opportunity to erase everything that happened in Game 3's devastating loss.
It's an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup at home in Game 5.
Of course, Vancouver will be without defenseman Aaron Rome, who serves the first game of his four-game suspension for a hit on Bruins forward Nathan Horton. Horton, of course, will also be out of the lineup for Boston, adn that's where the Bruins concerns should start.
Horton is one of their most important offensive players, and without him on the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, it won't be surprising if the offensive attack suffers a bit. Claude Julien smiled and said he wouldn't share how he's going to fill Horton's spot in the lineup, but it does look as though Tyler Seguin will be back in the lineup.
As for the Canucks, Dan Hamhuis didn't skate again on Wednesday morning, so it looks as though Keith Ballard will find his way from the press box to the ice for Game 4 to fill in for the suspended Rome.
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