The Boston Bruins were successful in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks for several reasons, but chief among them was that they forced Vancouver into playing their style of hockey. The series really got nasty once it shifted back to Boston, and obviously Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton had a lot to do with that.
But for the most part, it was the Bruins who began dictating play, finishing their checks, and eliminating the time and space in which the Canucks had to operate. When that happens, the Bruins are a better team. They're able to dictate the way the game is played, and it seriously screws with Vancouver's ability to do anything.
And that's just the problem for Boston. In Game 5, the Canucks were the ones doing the hitting. They were the ones dictating the way the game was played, and they largely did it by giving Boston a taste of their own medicine. If you're a Bruin, that has to bother you a little bit. Maybe it was the Rogers Arena crowd and the emotion of two big losses that got Vancouver going, but this is likely the battle that could determine the winner of Game 6 and the Stanley Cup.
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