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Boston clawed their way back into the NHL Stanley Cup Finals by mauling the Vancouver Canucks 8-1 Monday after they were stung into action by a vicious hit on Nathan Horton.
The Canucks arrived in Boston holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series but watched the momentum take a dramatic swing after Aaron Rome's blindside hit left Horton unconscious on the ice in the first period.
Payback came in the second when the Bruins scored shorthanded, powerplay and two even strength goals to take a 4-0 lead.
Andrew Ference opened the scoring 11 seconds into the second period before 43-year-old Mark Recchi made it 2-0 with the man advantage.
Brad Marchand then dazzled the capacity crowd with a superb shorthanded effort, charging down the wing then slicing across the ice while fighting off a defender and flipping the puck over a sprawling Roberto Luongo to make it 3-0.
David Krejci capped off the second period burst, while Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Michael Ryder and Recchi, with his second of the game, connected in the third.
Tim Thomas turned in another spectacular performance in the Boston net with 40 saves though Jannik Hansen's third period goal ruined his shutout bid.