BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored 15:19 into the second overtime to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.
The victory gave Boston a commanding edge in the best-of-seven series and a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 on Friday night at home.
Tuukka Rask stopped 53 shots for the Bruins.
“It was a battle. They played hard all night,” Bergeron said. “It was a tough game, we found a way.”
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Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves for the Penguins one game after he was yanked from the net after giving up three quick goals in the first period.
David Krejci also scored for Boston.
Chris Kunitz scored Pittsburgh’s only goal.
That left it 1-1 after two periods, and it stayed that way through two more. But 4:41 before the second overtime would expire, Brad Marchand grabbed the puck along the left-wing boards and centered it, where Bergeron redirected it past Vokoun and into the net.