MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – JUNE 6, 2013
BOSTON 2, PITTSBURGH 1 (2OT); BOS leads 3-0
Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner at 15:19 of the second overtime and Tuukka Rask made 53 saves, including 15 in extra time, to push the Penguins to the brink of elimination.
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron scored his second overtime winner of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 7 of the opening round) and the third of his career, tying a Bruins record that was set by Mel Hill and later matched by Terry O’Reilly. All three of Hill’s overtime goals came in the team’s 1939 Semifinals victory over the Rangers. (Elias)
Bergeron has scored 16 career playoff goals (five this year). Of those, five have been game-winners.
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask set a playoff career high with 53 saves, eclipsing his old mark of 45 set in Games 3 and 4 of the opening round. Rask has allowed just two goals on 110 shots in this series (.982 save percentage). He ranks second in the League during the postseason with a .940 save percentage and third with a 1.85 goals-against average.
Since Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin made their playoff debuts in 2007, the Penguins have played 81 postseason games with both players in the lineup. When at least one of the two has a point, the team is 45-20 (.692). In the 16 instances when neither has registered a point, as has been the case in the first three games of the Eastern Conference Final, the Penguins are 2 14 (.125).
The last time Crosby was held without a point in three straight games (regular season or playoffs) was Oct. 31-Nov. 10, 2009 (five games). The last time he failed to record a point in three consecutive playoff games was June 6-12, 2009, Games 5-7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The last time Malkin went three straight games (regular season or playoffs) without a point was Dec. 26-29, 2010. The last time he failed to register a point in three consecutive postseason games was May 24-31, 2008, Games 1-4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
BECAUSE IT’S THE CUP
Boston forward Gregory Campbell made a courageous effort to stay on the ice after blocking Evgeni Malkin’s point shot during a second-period power play. Clearly in pain, Campbell helped the Bruins kill the remainder of the man-advantage before exiting to the bench. Multiple media outlets have reported that Campbell suffered a broken leg on the play and will miss the remainder of the postseason.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Boston forward David Krejci scored his League-leading ninth goal of the playoffs just 1:42 after the opening faceoff. The Bruins have recorded six first-period goals in three games versus the Penguins. They had a total of five first-period tallies in their first 12 games of the postseason.
The Bruins and Penguins combined to go 0 for 11 on the power play in Game 3. They now are a collective 0 for 22 in the series. Pittsburgh ranked second in the NHL in power-play efficiency during the regular season (24.7%), while Boston placed 26th (14.8%).
The Penguins improved to 45-for-49 (91.8%) on the penalty kill this postseason – that ranks as the best penalty-kill efficiency rate in franchise playoff history.
Game 3 marked the 23rd overtime contest of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but just the second that required more than one overtime period (also Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between Pittsburgh and Ottawa). Home teams are 17-6 (.739) in overtime this postseason, including a 6-0 mark since the beginning of the second round.
Home teams have won 54 of the 77 games (.701) contested in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The NHL record for most wins by home clubs in one playoff year is 57, set in 92 games during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs (.620).
DID YOU KNOW?
The Bruins have won a League-high 43 playoff games since 2009.
AROUND THE TWITTERVERSE
Keegan Bradley @Keegan_Bradley
GGGGOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL. Ill be in the garden for game 4. #shippinuptoboston #brooms
Brad Faxon @BradFaxon
What a goal! What a game!
Jim Rome @jimrome
Dagger. Boston just ripped Pittsburgh’s heart out in double OT. No postseason is better than the NHL’s.
Peter Kostis @peterjkostis
Unbelievable finish!!! Marchand and Jagr are stellar
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
is this the greatest sporting event of 2013 (so far)? They just went end to end for 34 OT minutes. This is amazing.
David Boreanaz @David_Boreanaz
I bet every Pitt Pens fan is on the edge of their seat. Every shift is do or die to make this a series @NHL
The Penguins hadn’t lost three straight games since Games 1-3 of last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Flyers . . . Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara logged a game-high 42:05 of time on ice . . . Kris Letang led Pittsburgh with 40:50 . . . Boston forward Jaromir Jagr (78-118—196) assisted on the game-winner to tie Paul Coffey (59-137—196) for fifth on the all-time playoff scoring list . . . Chris Kunitz scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal, his fifth of the playoffs – a career high . . . The Bruins improved to 4 1 in overtime this postseason and have won 10 consecutive Game 3s . . . The Department of Player Safety announced that Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended for one game for high-sticking Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Chicago @ Los Angeles, Game 4, CHI leads 2-1, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
* The Kings have won a franchise-record eight consecutive home games this postseason (nine including last year) and 15 straight games at STAPLES Center dating to the regular season. Their last defeat on home ice was 75 days ago, a 1-0 loss to the Canucks on March 23.
* The NHL record for consecutive home playoff wins in one year is 11 (1988 Oilers).
* The Kings have outscored their opponents, 21-9, at home during the playoffs on the strength of a 1.13 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and three shutouts by Jonathan Quick. They are 1-7 on the road, where the team is being outscored, 11-18, and Quick has a 2.31 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and zero shutouts.
* Los Angeles forward Justin Williams has four goals in his last four games, including the opening scores in both Games 1 and 3 of the Western Conference Final. His six goals this postseason are tied for the team lead with Jeff Carter.
* Chicago forward Bryan Bickell has recorded one point in each of the first three games of the Western Conference Final (2-1—3). His seven goals in the playoffs are a career high; he had never scored more than two in the postseason prior to this year.
* The Blackhawks will be without the services of defenseman Duncan Keith, who leads the team with an average of 24:44 of time on ice. Keith also paces Chicago’s defensive corps with 1-9—10 in the postseason; the next-closer blueliner is Johnny Oduya with 2-2—4.
Source: NHL Media