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