A Double Overtime Thriller Goes To Boston In Game 3
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their maligned goaltender situation took center stage last night in Boston for game 3 of the eastern conference finals. Tomas Vokoun certainly held his own after a shaky start, but the Bruins got the overtime winner, in the 2nd OT and beat the Pens 2-1.
Boston has now taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of 7 series. Game 4 will be back in Boston Friday night.
The Bruins won the game late in the 2nd OT as Patrice Bergeron finished off a nice set up by Jaromir Jagr and finally Brad Marchand. It was Marchand's pass that Bergeron redirected past Vokoun to cap the night for the Bruins.
It was a strange game indeed. Vokoun was beaten badly on Boston's 1st shot, from close and 5 hole on Vokoun, who was benched for Marc-Andre Fleury, who was benched during the 1st round against the Islanders for Vokoun. The camera's instantly shot to Pens head coach Dan Blysma and things looked troublesome for his Penguins.
However, slowly Pittsburgh regained their footing, and after dominating the 2nd period the pens tied the game as Chris Kunitz tied the game at 8:51.
The Pens continued to swarm Boston net minder Tuuka Rask but to no avail. Both goalies took turns making great saves to keep the game at 1 and 1.
For the contest the Penguins had 54 shots on goal. Boston had 40. Neither team could generate a score on the power play. Pittsburgh was 0-6. Boston was 0-5.
The game seemed headed for a 3rd over time but then Bergeron bolted toward the goal, got inside position on his defender and was able to get good stick on the redirect to put the bruins on the verge of the Stanley Cup finals.