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NHL playoffs: Double OT win lifts Bruins to 3-0 series lead over Penguins

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Patrice Bergeron (center) and Brad Marchand linked up for a winning goal built on years of playing together. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patrice Bergeron (center) and Brad Marchand linked up for the game-winner at 15:19 of the second OT. (Getty Images)

By Brian Cazeneuve

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.

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  • Published On Jun 06, 2013
  • NHL playoffs Eastern Conference Final preview: No. 1 Penguins vs. No. 4 Bruins

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    Sidney Crosby vs. Boston Bruins in Eastern Conference Final.

    The Bruins will be out to grind down Sidney Crosby with their depth. (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir


    It’s been 21 years since Boston and Pittsburgh last clashed in the postseason. Now that they’re meeting again, the Bruins will look to Jaromir Jagr, the man who helped wipe them out back in 1992, to guide Boston past its old nemesis and back into the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins paid a steep price for Jagr at the deadline, but to this point the veteran has been a passenger more nights than not. The B’s are hoping the chance to suit up against his former team will bring Jagr out of his funk. If not, maybe the pressure of matching up against the player the Bruins originally tried to acquire, Jarome Iginla, will light a fire under the 41-year-old winger.

    Although the Jagr-Iginla storyline is sure to be front and center heading into the series, the real key will be the game-within-a-game battle between Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron. Former Team Canada linemates and now the game’s top offensive and defensive forwards, the two will likely be joined at the hip for the duration. It’s a good bet that Crosby, free of the restrictive headgear he wore in the first two rounds, will find a way to get his points, but his challenge will lie in preventing Bergeron from doing the same.

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  • Published On May 28, 2013