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Game 3: Bruins-Penguins Snapshots

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

GAME 3: BRUINS (10-4) VS. PENGUINS (8-5)

12:15 a.m. - Second Overtime Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, PIT 1

BRUINS WIN: At 15:19 of the second overtime, Patrice Bergeron ended the game off of a feed from Brad Marchand. Jaromir Jagr won a puck battle in between the benches to get the puck to Marchand, who broke into the zone and fed Bergeron. The Bruins now have a 3-0 series lead. Tonight's game marked the 7th longest game in team history.

TOO MANY MEN AGAIN: At 3:47 of double overtime, the Bruins were called for their second too many men on the ice penalty of the game. It was the sixth power play opportunity for PIttsburgh. The B's were able to kill the penalty to move to 6 for 6 on the night.

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11:36 p.m. - First Overtime Snapshots: BOS 1, PIT 1

MALKIN TO BOX FOR DELAY: With 1:37 to go in overtime, a tired Evgeni Maling lifted one over the glass from his own zone for a delay of game penalty, putting the Bruins on their fifth pose play of the night. The Bruins could not put one past Vokoun before the end of the first OT. The B's will have 23 seconds left on the penalty when the second overtime begins.

At 11:26 of the extra session, Brooks Orpik was called for a high stick, putting the Bruins on the power play for the fourth time. Boston held the puck in Pittsburgh's end, but was bot able to get any quality scoring opportunities.

Chris Kelly was called for tripping at 8:27 of the overtime, putting the Penguins on the power play for the fifth time. The Penguins had possession for most of the PP, but could not convert.

With 17:39 remaining in OT, Nathan Horton found his way through the Penguins defensemen. David Krejci threaded pass up the middle of the ice to Horton, who broke in on Tomas Vokoun all alone. Horton fired a shot on Vokoun, who kicked it away with his left pad to keep things going. Horton nearly ended things agin with around 12:30 left, when he dinged one off the post.

Just 1:03 into overtime, a scrum ensued in front of Tuukka Rask. Milan Lucic and Matt Cooke made their way into the corner to the left of Rask and were wrestling until the lineman stepped in and broke things up. Cooke and Lucic each threw a few jabs at each other with their gloves on and were sent to the box with matching roughing penalties. The penalties led to two minutes of four on four play.

10:44 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 1, PIT 1

HEADED TO OVERTIME: The Bruins and Penguins will play extra hockey tonight at TD Garden. For the first time in the series, things are going to overtime. Through regulation, David Krejci and Chris Kunitz have the goals. The Penguins lead the Bruins in shots, 39-25.

WIth 7:36 remaining in regulation, Pascal Dupuis was called for a trip after he took down Johnny Boychuk just in inside the blue line in the B's offensive zone. Boston had trouble controlling the puck on the man-advantage and could not sustain any pressure in the Pens' end. It was the third power play of the night for the Bruins; they did not convert on any of them.

Brad Marchand and Chris Kunitz were both sent to the penalty box for kneeing and slashing after the whistle respectively. The B’s and Pens played two minutes of four-on-four hockey starting at the 1:46 mark. Boston established control of the puck early on, but eventually gave way to Pittsburgh, who got the best chance of the period from a Kris Letang wrist shot that Tuukka Rask narrowly fought off. These two teams have combined for 18 penalty minutes tonight—six from Pittsburgh and 12 from Boston.

The Bruins entered the third period with 42 seconds remaining on a power play, but they failed to capitalize on their first man advantage of the night. Boston’s power play is now 7-for-39 for the playoffs.

9:50 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, PIT 1

BRUINS GET A POWER PLAY: After denying Pittsburgh’s power play three times, the Bruins’ unit finally got a chance to get onto the ice. Jarome Iginla was sent to the box for tripping at 18:41 after he got a hold of Andrew Ference’s skate while battling for a puck. The Bruins immediately set up a crisp cycle and started generating scoring chances. Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, and Jaromir Jagr all had good looks, but Tomas Vokoun denied them all as the period came to a close. Boston will begin the third period with 42 seconds remaining on the power play and a chance to take the lead.

Tuukka Rask has been solid thus far this game and has continued his strong play throught the second period. With approximately four minutes left in the second period, Evgeni Malkin hopped off the Penguins’ bench and pick-pocketed Dennis Seidenberg at the blue line. Malkin, one of the NHL’s most prolific goal scorers—flew in on a breakaway, put on a deke, and tried to slip the puck behind Rask’s right leg pad only to be denied. Rask has 23 saves on 24 shots so far tonight.

The Bruins went shorthanded for the third time in 11 minutes at 10:50 into the second period for too many men on the ice. With Shawn Thornton in the box, the B’s PK unit set out to kill its third power play of the night. Brad Marchand created a pair of turnovers right off the bat and nearly netted a shorthanded goal, but the Penguins took control after that. Pittsburgh set up shop in Boston’s end and rattled shots on Tuukka Rask, but the Bruins’ goaltender wouldn’t be beat. Despite getting stung by a slapshot, Gregory Campbell stayed on the ice and helped get the B’s through yet another shorthanded situation. Campbell recieved a standing ovation from the crowd as he hopped off the ice for his efforts during the PK.

CHRIS KUNITZ TIES IT UP: Back at even strength following a pair of penalties, the Bruins finally surrendered a goal at the 8:51 mark. Penguins defenseman Paul Martin carried the puck deep into Boston’s end and sent a nifty backhanded pass through the crease to Chris Kunitz, who picked the top left corner of the net from about 18 feet out. Kunitz gets his fifth goal of the postseason, and Paul Martin and Pascal Dupuis earn the assists for their ninth and fourth respectively.

Less than a minute after David Krejci came back onto the ice, Adam McQuaid was sent to the penalty box for boarding, putting the Bruins shorthanded again. And once again, the PK unit and Tuukka Rask came up big.  Rask denied James Neal and a slew of other chances from the Penguins. Boston’s penalty kill is now a perfect 3-for-3 tonight.

The Bruins went shorthanded for the second time tonight after David Krejci was called for roughing at 1:44. Pittsburgh’s power play, on the heels of its best showing of the series, struggled to establish and maintain possession in the Bruins’ end until the tail end of the man advantage. Kris Letang and Paul Martin both got shots on net from the point, but Tuukka Rask stay disciplined and kept both out of the net.  The Penguins’ power play is now 0-for-2 tonight.

9:00 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, PIT 0

BRUINS LEAD 1-0 AFTER THE FIRST: For the third consecutive game, the Bruins take a lead into the second period. David Krejci got Boston on the board just 1:42 into the game, but the Penguins weren’t rattled and rebounded with a slew of scoring chances from the likes of Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Both the Bruins and the Penguins recorded 10 shots on goal in the first period.

HORTON GOES FOR HOLDING: Nathan Horton picked up the Bruins second penalty of the night at 16:34 when he got tangled up with Brooks Orpik battling for a puck. The Penguins’ potent power play had one of its best shifts of the series. Pittsburgh established possession and cycled the puck well, setting up great scoring chances for Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. However, Tuukka Rask came through with some timely saves, and both Gregory Campbell and Rich Peverley made key plays to clear the puck out of Boston’s end.

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk and Penguins centerman Joe Vitale were both sent to the penalty box at the 9:31 mark. Boychuck went to the box for interference on Brenden Morrow, while Vitale was charged with a roughing penality. The ice opened up with two minutes of four-on-four hockey, and both teams took advantage. Zdeno Chara drove one of his signature slapshots just wide of the net, and Evgeni Malkin responded by trying to pick a corner on a wrist shot, but Tuukka Rask delivered a beautiful glove save to keep the Pens scoreless.

: As we approach the midway mark of the first period, the Bruins have registered five shots on net and they’re generating plenty of chances. Not long after David Krejci netted the first goal of the night, Brad Marchand whipped a wrist shot from the top edge of the right faceoff circle that Tomas Vokoun just managed to get a stick on. A few minutes later, Marchand nearly buried a wrap-around. When that was denied, the B’s cycled the puck back to the point, where Torey Krug fed Johnny Boychuk for a one-timer, but Vokoun was able to get in front again.

It took fewer than two minutes for the Bruins to get on the scoreboard, and it’s thanks to none other than David Krejci, who now has 21 points for the postseason. Krejci sat with the puck behind Pittsburgh net and patiently glided around the corner as he looked for a passing lane. Instead, he tucked a wrist shot in a small pocket between Tomas Vokoun’s left leg and the goal post. The Bruins take a 1-0 lead with 18:18 to go in the first period.

7:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs PIT

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (10-4, 1.99 GAA, .935 Save %) vs. Vokoun (6-3, 2.26 GAA, .929 Save %).  Rask is 17-10 with a 2.29 GAA and .924 Save % with one shutout in 27 career postseason games. Vokoun is 9-11 with a 2.38 GAA and .925 Save % with two shutouts in 20 career postseason games.

BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captain is Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue who was wounded in a firefight with the Boston Marathon suspects.

TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)

BRUINS VS PENGUINS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Penguins are squaring off in in the postseason for the fifth time with each team wining two of the previous four series. Through 21 postseason games against Pittsburgh, Boston holds an 11-10 record.  The Bruins hold a slight 71-68 scoring edge over the Penguins lifetime in the playoffs coming into tonight.

STREAKING: Nathan Horton enters Game 3 riding a four-game point streak registering 3-5=8 totals during that span. Gregory Campbell is riding a streak of his own, having notched two goals and two assists in his last three games.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79 and is one point shy of tying Paul Coffey for fifth place on the all-time playoff points list (196).

MULTI-POINT GAMES: The Bruins had five players earn multiple-point games in Game 2 vs. the Penguins with Bergeron, Boychuk, Horton, Jagr and Marchand all notching two tallies. The Black & Gold have 14 players who have had multiple point games in the 2013 playoffs: David Krejci (6), Nathan Horton (5), Milan Lucic (3), Patrice Bergeron (3), Brad Marchand (3), Zdeno Chara (2), Wade Redden (1), Gregory Campbell (1), Tyler Seguin (1), Daniel Paille (1), Shawn Thornton (1), Torey Krug (1), Jaromir Jagr (1) and Johnny Boychuk (1).

RASK EARNS FIRST PLAYOFF SHUTOUT: Tuukka Rask earned his first career postseason shutout against the Penguins in Game 1, which marked just the 17th time in 295 postseason games (5.8%) that Pittsburgh has been shutout in franchise postseason history. Rask’s shutout was the first against the Penguins this season, and the first since Toronto’s James Reimer on Feb. 1, 2012 (96 consecutive playoff and regular season games).

Kris Letang (3-13=16) and Evgeni Malkin (4-12=16) lead Pittsburgh in scoring coming into Game 3... Tomas Vokoun is 5-3 at TD Garden with a 2.28 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. Marc Andre-Fleury has won four straight starts at TD Garden to give him a 5-1-1 record in Boston, with a 1.83 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage… Pittsburgh is five-for-five on the penality kill through the first two games of this series and is 10-for-10 on the PK over their last three games dating back to Game 5 against Ottawa.

Bruins power play: 7-for-37 (18.9%, 6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 36-for-43 (83.7%, 8th NHL)… Penguins power play: 13-for-52 (25.0%, 2nd NHL), Penguins penalty kill: 40-for-44 (90.9%, 3rd NHL).
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