BOSTON — It was Cam Neely’s birthday and the 25th anniversary of the trade that brought the future Hall-of-Famer to Boston from Vancouver tonight.
So, Mr. President, Happy Birthday.
The Bruins gave Neely the best gift of all as they earned their first win of the Stanley Cup Final by pummeling Vancouver, 8-1, in Game 3 at the TD Garden.
Seven Bruins players enjoyed multi-point nights, led by Mark Recchi with two goals and Michael Ryder with one goal and two assists.
Here’s a look at the rest of the box score:
•Goaltender Tim Thomas had a shutout until there was 6:07 left in regulation. He finished with 40 saves on 41 shots.
•Andrew Ference finished with six of the Bruins’ 40 hits. Daniel Paille added five. Both players also scored a goal.
•In a rarity, the Bruins won a game they lost the faceoff battle in. They lost 38 and won just 27.
•Alexander Edler should win some sort of award as he finished with a minus-4 rating.
•There were 125 penalty minutes in the game.