Game 3 required extra minutes in the books as the Bruins and Penguins battled back and forth all night long. Boston was outhit, outshot and by the third, outnumbered as the Penguins upped the anti and gave them a run for their money. Despite playing almost eighty minutes of hockey, Patrice Bergeron hit the net when it mattered the most, ending the game 2-1 in double overtime for a 3-0 series lead.
Starting things off on the right foot the Bruins top-scoring line consisting of Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic got the ball rolling, beating Kris Letang, Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin, who was attempting back pressure, for a quick 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the first period. The Penguins were still rattled to start the first, but seemed to gain some composure as the game progressed. The Bruins did a great job keeping up with their speed and applying great pressure and finishing their checks. Johnny Boychuk unleashing hit after hit on the Penguins. Naturally, as with any playoff game, the emotions were running high by the sound of the buzzer, especially with front runners Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby remaining scoreless and rating -4/-3 respectively through the series. At the end of the first the Bruins were ahead on the scoreboard, giving them their 7th lead at the end of a period through this series and shots tied at 10 a piece. The focus for the second period, getting more shots on Vokoun. With the shots comes the frustration from the Penguins defense and the confidence begins .. er.. continues to crumble for the Pens. The give-and-go game for Boston has worked thus far through the series and has given the momentum and plays the Bruins have needed to instill their leads.
Penguins were able to get on the power play early on in the middle frame after David Krejci hit Kris Letang in the face and found himself in the box for roughing. Fortunately, the Bruins kept the pressure and Tuukka kept them alive, killing the penalty off and maintaining their 1-0 lead. Unfortunately as soon as it expired, Adam McQuaid found himself in the box for boarding on Matt Cooke, despite how badly we may or may not wish to have his head on a platter. Despite numerous amount of pressure from the Penguins, Rask was able to come up big for the Bruins and keep it a one-goal game as the clock neared the halfway point. With the added pressure and upped intensity Paul Martin was able to get the puck across the crease to Chris Kunitz who netted the bad angle shot, tying the game at one a piece with 11:00 remaining.
Gregory Campbell marked the epitome of warrior status and heroism as he blocked a 90+ mph shot from Evgeni Malkin and then stayed on the ice through the rest of the penalty kill. With his selfless act of blocking the shot, he instilled confidence in the Bruins and the momentum began to sway in their favor. In the final minute of the frame the Bruins found themselves on the power play as Jarome Iginla took a seat in the box. The Bruins applied the pressure through the entire penalty kill, taking shots until the buzzer sounded, carrying over 42 seconds into the final frame. Through two periods, the Penguins led in shots on net with 25 to the Bruins 21 and the score remained tied at a goal a piece.
To start the third period Gregory Campbell was nowhere to be found on the Bruins bench, signifying his blocked shot was worse than what we initially hoped for. Just as the Jarome Iginla penalty expired both Brad Marchand and Chris Kunitz found themselves in the box for matching penalties for tripping/slashing. The Penguins upped the pressure on Rask as the period winded down, but he stood tall between the pipes turning away everything that came his way, forcing overtime.
Starting off the added period, Matt Cooke and Evgeni Malkin get the ball rolling with a scrum in front of the crease. A scrum that Milan Lucic took into his own gloves and pushed Cooke away from Rask nd into the boards, each player receiving minor penalties. Horton had the best opportunity of the four-on-four with a one-on-one chance, the Penguins defense taking out Vokoun on their own after the shot was taken away. With around thirteen minutes remaining, the Bruins found themselves on the penalty kill as Chris Kelly sat for two for tripping. Penalties were the biggest downfall for Boston all night long, serving as the biggest momentum killer of the game for the B’s. Just as the two teams faced off with the clock at around nine minutes Brooks Orpik clipped Marchand with a follow through from his stick sending Boston to the powerplay. Despite some valiant efforts the game remained tied and they played on. With 1:37 Malkin tried to ship the puck to Crosby and put it out of play for a delay of game penalty. The thought that hovered in everyone’s mind, will this be the chance? The answer, no, at least not by the end of overtime. As the two teams headed to double overtime, they carried 22 seconds over on the power play.
The Malkin penalty expired and the double overtime carried on, with not a single person sitting down at the TD Garden as the Bruins surged with energy, from where, no one knows. However, it was evident the Bruins pushed it to the grind and the maximum limits as they began the second additional period. The potential killer, the Bruins get caught for the second time with too many men on the ice with 16:13 remaining. Somehow the Bruins had enough in them to hold off the Pens once again and continue to carry on. Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr teamed up for the best play of the frame, but Vokoun was able to make the save and cover it up. After a late surge from Crosby and company Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron came up the other end of the ice after Malkin won the face off and Bergeron got the inside position to seal game 3 on the 94th shot!