Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins - Game Three

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.

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The Boston Bruins all but ended the Pittsburgh Penguins season last night when Patrice Bergeron – yes, the same one who did away with the Toronto Maple Leafs – scored with 4:41 left in the game’s second overtime.

The winner

We might as well start where it counts. Some folks, obviously Penguins fans, believe there should’ve been a hook called on Jaromir Jagr for how he acquired puck possession from Evgeni Malkin. But c’man – at that stage of OT, they’re not calling tugs.

Probably a penalty during the season, not one during OT in the playoffs. Great goal.

Kinda good

That Bergeron fella:

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.

Kunitz scored

Given how infrequent the Bruins are giving up goals at this point, it seems relevant to show you the Pitt goal:

But aside from that…

Rask has been pretty much flawless.

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.

Ouch

Gregory Campbell broke his right leg, so y’know, not seeing him for the rest of playoffs. Bruins will miss him.

Shut down time

A little lengthy, but some info on the Bruins shutting down Sid/Geno:

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.

Still rollin’

David Krejci scored again for the Bruins, which moves him to first in post-season goals with nine.

Loose Pucks

* 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 Charalogged 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

Tonight’s Action

Chicago @ Los AngelesGame 4, CHI leads 2-1, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Comments (22)

  1. As a leafs fan this makes it 10x worse

    • Are you so delusional as to think your Leafs would even be playing the Pens much less up 3-0 on them. You might want to stop taking whatever is messing with your head.

  2. Sad thing is that the OT winner was the same setup that Boston used for the OT winner against the Rangers, just with roles reversed. At least the third time this postseason that play has worked for the duo

    • To be fair, Orpik was covering him pretty close – not close enough. That was one of many shots for both sides that were oh-so-close — this one found the back of the net.

  3. Penguins offseason plan: Get some depth.

    • Their third line has Iginla, Sutter and Morrow on it. How much deeper can you get?/

      No, what Pitt needs is D who actually focus on D (Letang) and better goaltending.

      • They also need their best players to, in fact, be their best players. Even with Crosby and/or Malkin getting shutdown, they still have a lot of offensive weapons that just aren’t showing up. And to me, Letang is just like how Mike Green was, great offensively, but lackluster defensman.

        • They need defensive D-men and two-way forwards. Clearly, going for the all-star offense with no consideration of D is not doing it.

      • Pittsburgh’s defense is absolutely atrocious in their own end. Letang has been getting exposed all over the place in this series and a lot of the time looks like a beer leaguer trying to figure out who to cover. Playing behind some of Pittsburgh’s forwards makes even average players look good. It’s a complete joke that Letang is a Norris candidate; scoring goals from the point/rushing the puck up ice is not the only measure of a good defenseman.

      • Like Brian Strait?

  4. Campbell kept playing for like, 10 minutes, ON A BROKEN LEG! Geezus! Most mortals change out when they “get winded”.
    (PS that was my impression of the BHS podcast … I was doing a Noone voice ….)

    • That’s also a big reason Boston is wining, they have guys that are willing to sacrifice themselves for the team. Can’t say the same about the Pens….

      • Campbell finishing out that shift was absolutely insane. It reminded me of one of the biggest reasons I like hockey – the players don’t quit. Ever.

      • Best bit? Bruins fans are used to this. Ference did the same thing a couple seasons ago… broke his tibia on an Andrei Markov PP slapshot. When he realized the refs weren’t going to stop play, he stood up and did everything he could to kill the penalty, even breaking up a pass or two.

  5. Tip of the hat to the Bruins and to Campbell. Very gutsy play by him.
    The Bruins have been good, they never gave up ( against the Leafs ) and they got lucky when they had too. I hate them but they are quite a team. It will be tough on Chicago or LA in the final, especially if the Bruins are rested after a short Conference Final.

  6. Was Campbell wearing skate guards when he got hit? (The clear plastic ones that fit over the skate boot?)

  7. I would be pissed about that no call if I was a penguins fan. It led directly to the GWG, and Boston were handed PP’s all night. Also, they called plenty else in OT, but hey, no one is accusing the officiating of being accurate or fair this postseason.

    • Pens powerplay: 0-6
      bruins powerplay: 0-5
      Boston got called for too many man twice in the game including once in Double OT. I don’t think the refs were giving them a free pass any more than Pittsburgh seeing as Boston took more penalties.

      How about instead of blaming the refs you recommend they try scoring more than one goal a game.

    • Good teams overcome bad officiating.
      Bad teams blame bad officiating.

      Calls are missed in both directions in every game and any one of those non-calls could cost one team or the other the game.

    • Sometimes you can’t overcome bad calls. But not in this series. The refs are the least of the Pens concerns right now, and I say that as someone who wishes that it was 3-0 Pens. I hate the Bruins. But they are playing great hockey, that’s it.

  8. Perhaps the Islanders exposed what works against these Pens. The Sens weren’t healthy or deep enough to execute that whereas the Bruins are, or maybe Boston is just doing what they do very effectively.

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