Patrice Bergeron Nets Game-Winner as Bruins Notch 3-0 edge
NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Patrice Bergeron scored at 15:19 of second overtime as the Boston Bruins moved to a brink of a sweep with a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final at TD Garden.
Brad Marchand fed the puck to Bergeron, who got inside position on defenseman Brooks Orpik and deflected it past Tomas Vokoun for his second overtime goal of the playoffs. His last one clinched Game 7 in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I think it was the speed of Marchand and I guess our chemistry," Bergeron said. "I know that he knew that I was going to the net, and I was just trying to get open for him to my stick."
Boston netminder Tuukka Rask continued his brilliant postseason performance with 53 saves, including all 14 shots he saw in the two overtime periods, while David Krejci scored his League-leading ninth playoff goal for the Bruins.
"He's doing everything right now," Bergeron said of Rask. "He's awesome."
Chris Kunitz scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who face a 3-0 series deficit for the second year in a row. The Penguins went down 3-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening round of the playoffs last year before dropping the series in six games.
"It's a race to four, and they're not there yet. And we're going to come back in here, regroup, and go after Game 4," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
Vokoun bounced back from being pulled in Game 2 with a great performance, stopping 38 shots for the Penguins but his efforts weren't enough to stop the Bruins from taking a 3-0 lead.
Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when his pass for Milan Lucic bounced off Niskanen instead and past Vokoun at 1:42 of the first period.
However, Paul Martin found Kunitz alone on the opposite side of the slot, setting him up for a one-timer that beat Rask for his fifth goal of the playoffs.
Bruins forward Gregory Campbell out of playoffs with broken leg
Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell broke his right fibula in a 2-1 double overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday at the TD Garden.
He will miss the rest of the playoffs and it's unclear how the Bruins will replace him.
Campbell suffered the injury when he blocked a slap shot from Evgeni Malkin with his right leg during a Pittsburgh power play in the second period.
He remained on the ice for more than a minute in pain and got back to his feet to help kill the Pittsburgh power play.
"The guy had a [shooting] lane and he sacrificed his body and it was a great thing," said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. "He blocks a lot of shots and he took one for the team there and we really wanted to win this for him."
"For what he went through, he showed a lot of guts to stay out there and to still try and play," added Coach Claude Julien.
Campbell had played in all 15 Bruins playoff games this season, registering seven points on three goals and four assists.
He centers the Bruins' fourth line and has averaged around 10-12 minutes of playing time in the conference finals.
Patrice Bergeron Nets Game-Winner as Bruins Notch 3-0 edge
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