Patrice Bergeron scored a breakaway goal with 4:41 remaining in the second overtime in Boston on Wednesday night, and the Boston Bruins took a 3-games-to-none lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals.
The Penguins, who led all NHL teams in scoring both in the regular season and in the first two rounds of the playoffs, have scored only twice in three games against Boston, and were held to one goal in Wednesday’s games despite taking 54 shots. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 53 shots.
David Krejci started the scoring for Boston with a goal that came just 1:42 into the game. Chris Kunitz tied the game with a Pittsburgh score in the second period. The game remained knotted at 1-1 until Bergeron scored the game-winner at 12:13 AM (EDT).
Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves on 40 shots. Neither team scored a power play goal, with the Penguins going 0-for-6 and the Bruins 0-for-5.
The last team to take a 3-0 lead and lose a Stanley Cup Playoff series was Boston, who was eliminated when the Philadelphia Flyers won four in a row against them in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010.
Game four will be played Friday night at 8:00 PM in Boston. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:30 PM.