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From the drop of the puck, Shawn Thornton and the rest of the Merlot line showed the Bruins came to play and displayed some physicality early on. David Krejci had an excellent shot on net with no pressure from the Penguins, scoring early in the first period with his 9th goal of the postseason. It started to look like Game 2 early on, but that would not be the case as the Penguins looked to have their heads on straight and played locked-in defense.
Chris Kunitz notched the game-tying goal midway through the second period. Gregory Campbell blocked a monster shot from Evegeni Malkin and managed to skate off the ice on his own power, but did not return after that tough hit.
The officiating was quite questionable throughout the game, but the Bruins managed to kill several Pittsburgh power plays. Unfortunately, the Bruins looked atrocious in several power play attempts.
Through the first overtime, Tuukka Rask continued to make great saves, finishing with 53 saves. He has only allowed two goals in three games against one of the most high -powered offenses in the NHL.
Tomas Vokoun stepped his game up, but Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in double overtime giving the Bruins a stranglehold in the Eastern Conference Finals against the number one seed.
Its hard to compare 2011 to this season, but there are definitely some comparisons. The Bruins are only one win away from the Stanley Cup finals and there have been games that have been put on Rask’s shoulders, and he certainly has not backed away from the challenge.
The Bruins won 2-1 in OT, and lead the series 3-0.
Game 4 is Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC.