Bergeron wins Game 3 in double overtime, 2-1

Bergeron wins Game 3 in double overtime, 2-1
June 6, 2013, 12:30 am
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BRUINS 2, PENGUINS 1 (2 OT)

BOSTON -- It took two overtimes, and nearly a third. But Patrice Bergeron prevented a sixth period in Game 3, re-directing a Brad Marchand pass out front with 4:41 left in double OT, giving the Bruins a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins early Thursday morning at the TD Garden.

Boston now has a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, with a chance to sweep the series at home on Friday.

Wednesday night's Game 3 went to overtime because Pittsburgh tied the score at 1-1 midway through the second period, as Chris Kunitz snapped home a one-timer from the left circle following a Sidney Crosby faceoff win in the opposite circle. Penguins defenseman Paul Martin took the puck from the right point down into the corner and sent a pass out through the slot to a wide open Kunitz, who quickly snapped it upstairs into the open net.

The Bruins initially took a 1-0 lead into the second period, thanks to David Krejci's ninth goal of the playoffs, just 1:42 into the game.

Krejci chipped the puck in deep down into the left corner and chased after it. But Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen's attempt to clear it back up the same wing was stopped by Milan Lucic. Krejci picked up the loose puck, and as Lucic crashed the net, Pittsburgh left Krejci wide open in the left circle with the puck on his stick. Krejci stayed patient, and took a low shot that his Niskanen and ended up in the net.

The next goal the B's scored was the winner, four hours later.