BOSTON — Against a team like the Penguins, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said he was limiting his celebration time after Boston’s 2-1 double-overtime win in Game 3. “Five minutes,” he said. “Then we start again, because we know we haven’t done anything.”
Actually, the Bruins have done more than anyone could have expected. In three games, they have shown they can win by outplaying the powerful Penguins, or, as they did on Wednesday night, being outplayed by them. Rask took Pittsburgh’s best shot in Game 3, stopping 53 of the 54 pucks they put on him. “They came hard, no question,” he said. “They were desperate. We didn’t expect anything less.”
The winning formula had a familiar recipe, with Brad Marchand feeding Patrice Bergeron at the goalmouth for another game-winner. This time, it was the ageless Jaromir Jagr (OK, he’s 41) who started the play by knocking Evgeni Malkin down along the boards and starting Marchand up the ice. It was Jagr’s 27th minute of play on his 35th shift. “Jags is doing whatever it takes to win,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. As for Marchand and Bergeron: “That’s what happens when you’ve been together three years,” Julien said. “Marchy could have given it to him sooner, but he waited for him to get to the net.”
And so the Bruins have handed the Penguins their first three-game losing streak of the season, one that has them on the brink of elimination and hoping for some of the magic that the Philadelphia Flyers conjured in 2010 when they rose from an 0-3 hole to eliminate Boston in the Eastern semifinals.
Here are some more thoughts and observations from Game 3: