-Hey, guess where we are:
-No, not quite:
-It's a pleasant day here in Boston. It's in the mid 60s with a slight overcast. A great day for hockey.
-To paraphrase Kings forward Justin Williams, this isn't a must-win for the Penguins, but it is. If they don't win tonight, this is series is virtually over. Getting a road win in Boston is difficult, but it's must be done for the Penguins to have a hope of coming back in this series.
-Dan Bylsma promised significant changes to his lineup tonight during yesterday's media availability. Based on today's morning skate, those changes seem to be an absolute mystery to anyone outside that room. The Penguins skated this morning without Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Paul Martin. No word yet if they were working on one-timer drills in the hotel parking lot.
-One change which would go a long way would be the return of Iginla to the right wing on one of the top two lines. This is a hall-of-famer with more than 500 career goals on his resume. The notion of trying him at left wing was intriguing at first but there has been a large enough sample size to conclude he's just not cut out for the left wing. Instead of putting him in a position to be the superstar that he is, he's being asked to be Chris Kunitz. No disrespect to Chris Kunitz. But he's not a super star. Jarome Iginla is. Let him be one.
-Another change we would l ike to see is on the power play. Sub in Paul Martin and Iginla for Kris Letang and Iginla. Letang has been so sloppy with the puck. Martin bring a calming presence on the point on the power play. And Iginla's one-timer from the left circle is scary. Neal has nearly been invisible this series.
-We're not sure Chris Kunitz is entirely healthy. He looks off. In Game 2, he ran into Sidney Crosby and Brandon Sutter on the same shift. He had a tough time shooting in Game 1. Don't forget the was a little diinged up in the late stages of semifinal series against the Senators. Could he still be feeling the effects, even with the long break?
-Tomas Vokoun is expected to play tonight. This strikes us as a no-brainer. He gives the Penguins the best chance to win now. There is no next year for this team as it's presently constructed. This team with Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen and Douglas Murray added is a one-shot deal. Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy and Mark Eaton could all be leaving as free agents. There is no "next year" with this group. THey have to win this year or bust. Vokoun is their best option.
-Regardless of what this does to Fleury in terms of his confidence or his value should the Penguins choose to move him in the offseason, you worry about that when that time comes. The Penguins needs to worry about winning now before anything else. To paraphrase Mike Tomlin, worry about next season next season.
-The Penguins need to get the lead first. Playing from behind on the Bruins is close to death. That forces the Penguisn to take more chances and expose themselves to more offensive chances by the Bruins.
-Unlike Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum or ScotiaBank Place, TD Garden is right smack dab in the middle of an urban center:
-The players all enter through a gate on the side where fans line up to cheer them:
-Some players drive cars. Others, such as 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara, take a bike to and from home for the morning skate:
-The media is greeted by an ice sculpture when departing the elevator here at TD Garden:
-Marc Savard is not forgotten:
-Next to the building, there is Canal Street:
-There's a pretty nice set up with a series of bars and restarants for fans to "pregame" in:
-We don't think this is the Bruins' official mascot:
-A few Penguins encountered this person and didn't appear amused:
-There is one brave Crosby fan on hand:
-And a Maxime Talbot fan:
-The statue of Bobby Orr recreating his famous Stanley Cup clinching goal in 1970 is fantastic, but it needs more Islanders!
-Every time a coach, executive of player speaks at the podium, the NHL's PR department has a placard ready for him:
-T.D. Garden prior to warm-ups:
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The Blackhawks Patrick Kane fan was here to "scout the next round" in his own words:
-Tonight's Terrible Towel-ian giveaway:
-A few Penguins fans. Mario Lemieux:
-A piece of the hardwood from Boston Garden is on display in the old concourse:
-Also, there's this giant bear statue in the main concourse:
-It's tough to do better than a defensive duo of Ray Bourque and Bobby Orr:
-This Orr jersey with the Massachusetts bicenential patch is tremendous:
-Yeesh. P.J. Stock:
-Wow. Rick Middleton:
-Double Wow. Don Sweeney:
-Jersey of the Night: Former Penguins/Bruins forward Mark Recchi:
-THe Penguins' staters are Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Brandon Sutter, Paul Martin, Brooks Opik and Tomas Vokoun.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Simond Despres, Mark Eaton, Tanner Glass, Dustin Jeffrey, Jussi Jokinen, Tyler Kennedy and Jeff Zatkoff.
-The Bruins' starters are Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference and Tuukka Rask.
-Their scratches are Matt Bartkowski, Chris Bourque, Carter Camper, Kaspar Daugavins, Jordan Caron, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Jay Pandolfo, Wade Redden, Carl Soderberg and Niklas Svedberg.
These appear to be the lines based off warm-ups:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Evgeni Maklin - James Neal
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik
Douglas Murray - Deryk Engelland
-That flag "pass-around" thing some teams do before games through the stands? The Bruins had their upside down. Oops.
-The national anthem:
19:41: It doesn't take long for things to get headed. A skirmish breaks out near the Boston blue line on the left wing. Shawn Thornton and Jarome Iginla appear to be int he middle of it. Oficials break it up.
18:36: James Neal gets a chance in the slot and snaps off a wrister wide to the right of the cage.
18:18: Well... it took the Bruins until the second minute of play to score tonight. After Niskanen fumbles a chip from his own left wing corner, David Krejci controls the puck behind the cage and moves towards the left circle, Facing the net, he snaps off a wrister which hits off Niskanen's stick and flops over the blocker of Vokoun on the far side. Another rotten bounce for Vokoun. That was a dreadful shift for Niskanen. Milan Lucic gets the only assist as he stole Niskanen's clearing attempt. Bruins 1-0.
17:53: Murray snaps off a wirster from above the right circle which hits a body in front.
16:29: Off another turnover by the Penguins in their own zone, Thornton rips a wrister from the right wing. Vokoun eats it up.
14:58: Murray controsl the puck behind his own net and is thumped into the glass by Lucic.
14:08: Off a feed by Crosby, Kunitz cranks one-timer from the left circle. Rask fights it off to "Tuuuuu......" chants.
12:31: Martina nd Engelland are working as a pairing now.
12:08: Off a feed by Malkin, Neal rips a one-timer from the slot. Rask reads it all the way and boots it away.
11:26: Dupuis has a chance on a one-timer from the right circle but fans on the shot. Yeesh.
10:57: With Morrow driving to the net from the left wing, the great Joe Vitale rips a wrister from the right wing wide to the far side.
10:39: A wrister by Marchand off the left wing is denied by Vokoun.
10:34: Johnny Boychuk pounds a slapper from the left point on net. Vokoun kicks it out.
10:29: Penalties. With the puck slideing out of the zone, Morrow chases after. Instead of playing the puck, Boychuk knocks over Morrow. Officials halt play to call Boychuk for interference. Morrow tries to go after Boychuk. A scrum ensues. Officials break it up. When it's all sorted out, Vitale gets a roughing minor. Not a very composed moment by the Penguins to retaliate there. They cost themselves a power play. We'll have four on four for two minutes. Morrow and Marchand have a very animated conversation from the bench.
9:07: Taking a feed at center point, Chara fires a slapper juuust wide to the left of the cage.
8:55: Malkin lifts a wrister from above the left circle to the far side. Rask gloves it cooly.
8:38: Seidenberg takes a pass above the left circle and cranks slapper on net. Vokoun eats it up.
8:29: Boychuk and Vitale return to the ice.
7:53: Kunitz hits Chara into the boards near the Penguins' bench.
7:05: Patrice Bergeron chops a wrister from the left point. Vokoun kicks it out.
5:32: Murray swats a slapper from the left point wide to the far side.
4:51: Off a give-and-go play between Crosby and Kunitz, Dupuis swats a one-timer from the right point wide to the far side.
4:26: The Penguins will get the first power play as Nathan Horton is called for holding Kunitz in the neutral zone. There are no changes on the first Letang, Malkin, Neal, Crosby and Kunitz take the ice.
3:56: Malkin cranks a one-timer from the left circle. Rask kicks it out.
3:37: Letang has a slapper from center point blocked by Campbell. Letang is able to recover the puck and sneaks a pass from the slto to Crosby in the left circle. Crosby declines to shoot and deals a pass to Kunitz in the slot. Kunitz isn't ready for the pass and loses the puck. The Bruins clear it down ice. Yeesh.
2:40: Malkin strikes another one-timer from the right point wide to the far side.
2:26: The Horton minor is killed. The Penguins had a few chances there.
1:51: After Sutter is stripped of the puck in his own zone by Horton, Torey Krug has a prime scoring chance in the left circle. He rips a low wrister which Vokoun kicks out. HUGE save. Sutter owes Vokoun a beer.
0:48: Martin has a shot blocked by Marchand.
0:00: End of period. Bruins 1, Penguins 0.
-Well... that was an improvement over the first period of Game 2. The Penguins didn't get blasted out of hte building like Monday.
-Granted, the play happened because of a brutal turnover but if not for a fluky bounce off Matt Niskanen's stick, this is still a 0-0 game.
-The Bruins have been REALLY aggressive with their forecheck tonight. They are causing the Penguins' blue line all sorts of problems in their own zone. Kris Letang has had a few turnovers already.
-Chris Kunitz looks worlds better than he did in Games 1 and 2 combined. He seems to have a better feel for the ice.
-The Penguins don't have a lot going on in terms of cohesivness on the rush. They are just hoping to get the puck into the offensive zone for a scoring chance.
-Jarome Iginla didn't offer much on the right wing.
-Both goaltenders were sharp, particularly Vokoun. He's the big reason this is only a one-goal game.
-Shots are tied, 10-10.
-Vitale, Letang, Malkin and Bergeron each lead the game with two shots.
-Letang leads the game with 9:34 of ice time.
-Chara leads the Bruins with 9:07 of ice time.
-The Penguins have a 14-8 lead in faceoffs (64 percent).
-Sutter is 5 for 6 (83 percent).
-Krejci is 4 for 6 (67 percent).
-Seidenberger and Boychuk each lead the game with two blocked shots.
18:22: Off a blocked shot, Horton cranks a one-timer from the left circle. Vokoun fights it off despite traffic.
18:16: Another power play for the Penguins. Krejci is called for roughing Letang. Martin takes over for Letang at the point. Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Crosby join him.
16:48: Letang coasts into the offensive zoen with the puck and lifts a wrister from the slot. Rask knocks it dead and covers.
16:16: The Krjeci minor is killed. The Penguisn looked really weak with that chance.
15:34: The Bruins keep giving the Penguins power plays. McQuaid is called for boarding CookCrosby, Neal and Kunitz take the ice.
14:26: Crosby deals two feeds from the left wing to Neal int he slot. neal rips two wrister on net. Rask turns them both away. More "Tuuuuu....' chants.
13:44: Bennett ries a sneak move off the lleft wing across the front of the crease but is denied down low by Rask. Rask is just tuned in.
13:34: The McQuaid minor is killed.
11:09: The Penguins finally tie it up. After Crosby beats Bergeron for a faceoff in the left circle, Martin collects the puck at the right point. He pushes it up the left wing wall. Fending off a check, he sneaks a pass from below the goal line to Kunitz positioned to the left of the cage. Kunitz is able to snap off a wrister behind Rask to tie the game. What a play by Martin to create that chance. Martin and Dupuis get assists. Bruins 1, Penguins 1.
9:17: Krug snaps off a wrister from the left point which Bennett blocks.
9:10: ANOTHER power play for the Penguins. The Bruins are called for too many men on the ice. Thornton will serve the minor. Letang, Neal, Crosby, Malkin and Kunitz take the ice.
7:53: Malkin drives a slapper from the right point which Campbel blocks. Campbell is hobbling on the ic ein a bad way. He can barely stand.
7:14: Malkin has a slapper from the left circle blocked by Boychuk.
7:10: The Bruins are able to clear the puck and kill the penalty. That allows Campbell to hobble off the ice to the bench on the far end of the rink. He makes his way to the gate and is helped down the run way by a team attendant. Bruins fans cheer and offer "Camp-BELL!" chants for the gutsy effort. The Penguins are 0 for 4 onthe power play. Yikes.
5:54: Krejci lifts a wrister from the right wing Vokoun fights it off calmly.
5:38: Ference strikes a one-tier from the left point. It hits a body in front. There's a scramble for the puck . Krejci has a chance at it but can't get a clean shot off as Orpik smothers him on the ice.
5:15: Ference lifts a wrister from the left point. Vokoun bodies it away.
5:06: After an icing call, the Pengins call a timeout to get a breather.
3:55: Stealing a puck oat the left poitn of the Boston zone, Malkin motores in on net. He fends off a stick check by Chara and tries to jam in a low wrister which is rejected by Rask's left skate. Tough save.
2:53: Tyler Seguin lifts a wrister from the left wing whch his blocked by Letang.
2:21: Crosby floats a pedestrian wrister from the left wing. Rask eats it up.
1:22: Iginla chase after a puck chipped into the right wing corner. xx gets tot he puc first and taes a tumble after Iginla's stick trips him up. That's two minute.s A rough ttime to tae a penalt. Adams, Orpik, Martin and Cooke take the ice.
0:12: Fighitng through a check, Jagr swats a wrister from the right circle. Vokoun says no.
0:04: Chara booms a one-timer from the cetner poitn. Vokoun juuuust gets a piece of it with his left leg.
0:00: End of period. Bruins 1, Penguins 1.
-Things finally leveled off for the Penguins and they forced a tie that period. They had the bulk of offensive zone possession time - due to a few power plays mind you - but they finally were able to control the puck an dictate the pace of play for a little bit.
-The power play has been attrocious. The Bruins are letting the Penguins move the puck around the perimeter all they want while blocking any shots or passes near the slot.
-Rask isn't giving up anything pretty tonight. The Penguins will need to get score some ugly goals tonight.
-Vokoun was oustanding once again. He's been their most valuable player tonight. This is pretty much a staring contest between Rask and Vokoun.
-The Penguins have been doing a much better job at faceoffs tonight. Crosby is 7 for 10 against Bergeron tonight. Crosby beat Bergeron to set up the Kunitz goal.
-The Penguins have a 25-21 lead in shots.
-Chara leads the Game with 18:39 of ice time.
-Letang is right behind him with 18:38.
-The Penguins are dominating faceoffs, 28-12 (70 percent).
-Crosby is 13 for 18 (68 percent).
-Krejci is 5 for 9 (56 percent).
-Martin and Seidenberg each lead the game with three blocked shots.
20:00: The Bruins will have 41 seconds of power-play time on fresh ice. Orpik, Martin, Cooke and Adams take the ice.
19:19: The Iginla minor is killed. The Bruins peppered the Penguins' net at the end of the second period but couldnt' get anything goin to start this pieord.
18:14: Bennett chops a shot form the right win on net. Rask boots it out to the left wing. Kunitz whips the rebound at the net. It hits a body and deflects out. Crosby settles the puck and backhands it into Rask who freezes play. Kunitz and Marchand mix it up. A scrum is broken up by officials. Kunitz is called for slashing. Marchand is nabbed for kneeing. Four-on-four.
16:30: Orpik grips and rips a wrister from above the right circle. It glances off the outisde of the near post.
16:23: Off a little feed from Crosby below the goal line, Letang swats a wrister from the slot. Rask holds it out. What a save.
16:14: Marchand and Kunitz return to the ice.
15:58: Sutter lifts a wrister from the left wing. Rask eats it up. A scrum develops with Morrow in the middle of it. Nothing comes of it.
15:33: Paul Martin booms a slapper from above the left circle. Rask eats it up.
15:15: Lucic swats a shot from the left point. it hits a body and deflects out of play.
15:12: Off a faceoff win by Bergeron in the left circle, Boychuk snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Vokoun squares up and fights it off.
14:24: Chris Kelly booms a slapper from the Penguins' blue line. Vokoun steers it away.
13:33: Rich Peverly drives to the net from the left wing and attacks the crease. Before he can get a shot off, he loses the puck. His effort draws a penalty however as Murray is nabbed for slashing Peverly. This is a HUGE two minutes. Adams, Orpik, Martin and Sutter take the ice.
12:59: Bergerson swats a one-timer from center point. Vokoun kicks it aside with his right leg.
11:55: Off a steal within the blue line, Adams clears the puck. That's about the third clear on this kill by th e Penguins.
11:33: The Murray minor is killed. That was a dominant effort by the Penguins.
10:51: Crosby coasts up ice and rips a wrister from the right circle over the cage.
10:08: Boychuk swats a sapper from the right wing which Vokoun fights off.
9:59: Malkin slams Krejci itno the boards on the left wing wall of the Penguins zone. Krejci goes down. Fnas clamor for a call but no dice.
8:30: Vitale is slammed to the ice in the left wing corner of the Bston zone by Chara.
7:50: Crosby lifts a wriste from the right cirle on net. Krug bloks. it.
7:36: Bad play by Dupuis. After he blocks a wrister by Boychukc from the left point, he trips up Boychuk who is hustling after the puck. That's an easy two minutes for interference. Crosby, Orpik, Martin and Adams take the ice. Another big two minutes.
7:32: Crosby wins the draw in the right circle and allows Martin to collect the puck and clear it down ice.
6:10: Adams steals a puck in the neutral zone and backhands it down ice with a Murphy dump.
5:36: The Dupuis minor is killed.
4:48: Seidenberg pumps a one-timer from the right point. Crosby blocks it with his skates.
4:12: Malkin risp a wriste rfrom the slot which Rask appers to get juuuuust a piece of.
3:15: Morrow chips and chases a puck up the right wing. He tries to pursue it but is held up by Krug. No call. Officials aren't calling much at this point of the game.
2:53: On a partial three on two, Peverly snaps off a wrister which is partially deflected wide to the far side.
2:44: Off a faceoff win, Bennett snaps of a wrister from the left circle. Rask eats it up.
1:21: Letang snap off a wrister from the left point to the slot. Dupuis is in the slot and deflects it over the cage.
0:40: Cooke tries to jam in a forehand warparound from the right of hte cage but Rasky's left skate holds it out.
0:00: End of period. Bruins 1, Penguins 1.
-That was a dominant period by the Penguins. They controlled the puck most of the period. They phad the bulk of quality scoring chances. They just couldn't get one by Rask.
-Basically, if your team wears some shade of black and gold, you're not scoring a power-play goal this series. Neither team's power play looks strong. THe Bruins' power play looks just awful.
-Again, both goaltenders have been tremendous. They're waiting for the other to blink.
-Sidney Crosby looks off. Something doesn't seem right about his game.
-Beau Bennett has played a simple but strong game.
-Gregory Campbell missed all of that period. He's a big loss in the faceoff circle. He will miss the rest of the game due to undsclosed reasons.
-David Krejic appeared to take a hit from Deryk Engelland at one point and he's been a bit off since that point.
-The Penguins have a 39-25 lead in shots.
-Malkin leads the game with eight shots.
-Boychuk leads the Bruins with four.
-Letang leads the game with 27:26 of ice time.
-Chara leads the Bruins with 26:55 of ice time.
-The Penguins are dominating faceoffs, 37-19 (66 percent).
-Crosby is 15 for 24 (63 percent).
-Krejci is 6 for 13 (46 percent).
-Martin and Seidenberg each lead the game with three blocked shots.
18:03: Chara mashes Malkin to the ice in the right wing corner.
17:59: Engelland swipes a one-timer from the right point. It hits a body in front. Malkin whips it on net. Rask is juuust able to hold it out. Malkin crashes in. Chara gives him grief. Cooke tries to step in but Lucic pulls him away from the pile and tries to put a Cobra Clutch on him. Officials break it up. Lucic and Cooke each get roughing minors. Four on four.
17:34: YEEESH! Of a cross-over play with Krejci, Horton rips a wrister from teh slot wide to the right of the cage. It hits off a stick and deflects end boards. The puck sides to the slot where Krejci rips it. Neal blocks it. Vokoun is able to cover the rebound while swimming in his crease. Big bloc by Neal.
17:38: Whoa! Horton gets behind Letang and is sprung loose ona breakaway. He attacks the net while fending off Letang. His forehand shot is fought off by Vokoun. Letang slides into Vokoun who hangs on to the puc. Wow! Clutch save.
17:21: Bergeron lifts a wrister from the left circle over the cage.
14:47: Neal taks a pass on the right win, gains the offensive zone, glides acros the slot and is hooked up. He falls without getting a shot off. No call.
14:28: Krug snaps off a loose puck from the left point which is off the mark.
14:16: Morrow thumps Pverly to the ice in front of the Boston bench.
13:04: Peverly lifts a wrister from the right wiing which Niskanen fights off with a stick on puck.
12:21: Stealing a pcuk on the left wing, Horton moves in off the left wing and rips a wrister which CLANGS off the far post. WOW!
11:33: Bennett pushes the puck up the left wing in the neutral zone and tries to sneak behind Kelly. Kelly sticks out a leg and trips up Bennett who appears to sell it a bit. That's two minute for tripping. Kunitz, Neal, Crosby, Letang and Malkin take the ice.
10:23: Crosby pounds a simple slapper from the left circle on net. Rask battles it away.
9:33: The Kelly minor is kolled. The Penguins simply forced too many passes with that chance.
8:57: McQuaid snaps off a wrister from right point which is blocked.
8:50: Kunitz curles and drags a puck from the right circle and lifts a wrister which Rask fights off.
8:41: Peverly lifts a wrister from the left circle. Vokoun gloves it. Officials take a few moments to clean the ice a bit.
8:36: Off a faceoff win, Ference lifts a wrister from the left point. Vokoun fights it off.
8:34: Play is halted. Cooke high sticked Marchand off the faceoff. Tha'ts two minutes. Adams, Sutter, Murray and Martin tak the ice.
8:13: Chara chops a half slapper from above the left cirlce which Adams slides down to block.
7:14: Sutter is able to collect a puck above the blue paint and backhands it down ice.
6:37: Seguin rips a wrister from the left circle which Engelland blocks.
6:19: Letang chips the puck down ice. After he does that, get mixes it
5:58: Off a faceoff win, Boychuk canks a slapper from the right point on net. Vokoun eats it up despite traffic.
4:38: Lucic barrels his way to the net from the left wing and as he approches the crease, He's lauches with a body check into Vokouna dn the net. The net is dislodged. Play is halted. Thankfully for Vokoun, he didn't absorb the "meat" of that hit.
3:51: Chara lofts a wrister from the left point. Vokoun knocks it dead and covers.
2:28: Motoring out of the right wing corner, Jagr lifts a wrister from the left circle. His shot hits a body.
1:57: Krejci wheels around with a puck in the left cirlce an and is slammed to the ice by Murray.
1:37: Ouch. After stealing a puck inside his own zone, Malkin tries to play it off the right wing boards but lifts it too much and puts it out of play. That's delay of game. Martin, Orpikl Stuter and Adams take the ice.
0:49: Orpik wins a race to a puck in the left wing corner and swipes it down ice.
0:33: Marchand lifts a wrister on net from the right circle. Vokoun slides to his left and eats it up.
0:03: Adams pushes it up ice on the left wing and lifts a backhander on net. Rask fights it off.
0:00: End of period. Bruins 1, Penguins 1.
-What a game. What a display. What an spectacle. Playoff overtime always special. This game is no different.
-The Penguins were lucky to escape that period. The Bruins dominated puck possession the last 12 or 13 minute. The Penguins could barely get it out of their zone outside of icings.
-Officials are pretty much letting anything go outside of high sticks or delay of game penalties. This is prison yard rules hockey.
-The ice is starting to get really sloppy. The puck is bouncing for both teams.
-As the period wore on, you could sense the fatigue starting to settle in. Both squads look worn out.
-The goaltending has been spectacular. Just spectacular.
-The Penguins have a 46-34 lead in shots.
-Malkin leads the game with nine shots.
-Boychuk and Marchand each lead the Bruins with five.
-Chara leads the game with 36:58 of ice time.
-Letang leads the Penguins with 34:32.
-The Penguins control faceoffs, 48-31 (61 percent).
-Sutter is 14 for 24 (64 percent).
-Krejci is 10 for 19 (53 percent).
-Martin and Seidenberg each lead the game with four blocked shots.
20:00: THe Bruins will have 23 seconds of power-play time on fresh ice. Martin, Orpik, Adams and Cooke take the ice.
19:48: Bergeron snaps off a wrister from the right wing.
19:37: The Malkin minor is killed.
17:06: Jagr drives up the right wing and does his patent "pull-up-and-pass" move on Brenden Morrow. Jagr deals to Krejci trailing in the right circle. Krejci rips a wrister which Vokoun challenges and fights off. HUGE save.
16:15: Malkin blocks a half slapper by Chara at the right point.
16:13: The Bruins are nabbed for too many men on the ice. Seguin will serve the minor. Malkin, Letang, Neal, Crosby and Kunitz take the ice.
15:54: Malkin swipes a slapper from center point wide to the left of the cage.
15:47: Off a pass from Malkin, Letang slaps a one-timer from above the left circle. Rask eats it up.
14:39: Wheeling off the center point, Letang deals to Malkin in the right circle. Malkin hammers a one-timer which Rask punches out of play.
14:13: The Bruins' kill the rest of the penalty. THe Penguins had a few looks but didn't offer much of a threat.
13:27: Clock hits midnight and the stands here at TD Garden are still pretty full.
12:33: Ference collects a loose puck at the right poitn and c hops slapper.
12:25: Iginla chases down the puck in the right wing corner, dekes by Ference and attacks the net on a diving backhander. Rask holds it out. WOW!
12:08: Malkin zips into the offensive zone and snaps of a wrister from teh slot which his blocked.
11:00: Orpik appears hobbled a bit after hitting the end boards with his skates.
10:16: Seguin pushes the puck up the left wing and swats a pass to the slot. Jagr jabs the puck on net. Vokoun knocks it dead and covers.
9:41: Niskanen chops a slapper from the right point which is blocked by Kelly.
9:14: Neal rips a wrister from the left wing on net. Rask holds it out.
7:40: At this point, both teams are just chipping the puck and changing lines.
7:26: Iginla boom a slapper from the right wing wide on the near side.
7:20: Luci ctire sto lug th epuc up the right wing with an inside-out move on Letang. Letang is able to poke it away and play it up ice.
6:33: Jagr snaps off a heavy wrister from above the right cirlce. Vokoun has trouble with the rebound. Kelly jumps on it and pokes it wide on the near side.
5:40: After having his helmet dislodged. Crosyb steals apuck int ehs lot and rips a wrister wh ch is blocked wide of the cage.
4:57: Off a neutral zone steal by Letang, Crosby deals a pss to Dupuis on the right wing. Dupuis lifts a backhander w hich Rask knocks down and covers.
4:41: Oh. Wow. Stealing a puck in the neutral zone from Malkin, Jagr taps it up to Marchand. Marchand pushes it up the left wing and deals a pass to the slot. Bergeron gets behind Orpik and pokes it by Vokoun 's blocker and into the cage. This place erupts. The Bruins mob Bergeron in the left wing corner. Marchand and Jagr get assists. End of game. Bruins 2, Penguins 1.
-Forget your allegiances for a moment. Forget any anger or joy you might feel over this game. This was something special. Any multi-overtime game is special but this... was some something at a higher level. Normally, a 2-1 game won't wow you, but this was a hard-fought, emotional, soul-twisting affair.
-Overtime hockey can be so intoxicating but it can rip your heart out at the same time. If you're a Penguins fan tonight, you experienced everthing between those two extremes. THis contest offered so many teasing promises but ulimately left you with a burning, sour feeling.
-Let's face facts. The Penguins aren't going to win this series. It's all but over at this point. This season is a bust. There will be a ton of changes on and off the ice. But we'll get to those bridges later.
-Focus on Game 4. We'll see what leadership this team truly has. We'll see if these team has any self respect because at this point, that's all they're playing for. They went down in a blowout loss to the Flyers last postseason that wasn't exactly a bright moment for the franchise. If they Penguins can play Game 4 like they did Game 3, they can salvage some pride out of this series if nothing else.
-The Penguins played a strong but hardly perfect game. They were much more disciplined defensively. They clogged up the neutral zone and made it difficult for the Bruisn to generate much offense. Boston's only goals came off turnovers. The Penguins made the Bruins earn everything tonight after giving them everything in Game 3.
-The power play was clearly attrocious. Going 0 for 6, including with a handful of chances in overtime, is inexcusable. Period. The power play is now 0 for 12 in this series.
-Tomas Vokoun had one of the better performances by a goaltender in the franchise's posteason history. It's at least top 15. He was spectacular, especially in the first overtime when the Bruisn dominated puck possession. He deserve a better fate.
-Tuukka Rask was just a hair better. He now has a .982 save percentage in this series. Wow.
-Brenden Morrow left everything on the ice tonight. He emptied the tanks. He played on of the more inspired games by a player in a white jersey.
-As the game wore on, Jarome Iginla looked a lot more comfortable on the right wing than he has throughout most of the postseason.
-Evgeni Malkin did everything he could to generate offense without getting a point. The effort was there. Just not the results.
-Sidney Crosby looked a tad off. Something just isn't connecting for him this series.
-Chris Kunitz looked very sharp after tough performances in Games 1 and 2.
-Kris Letang still had a few poor turnovers here and there but he seemed to play a pretty composed game.
-Paul Martin was one of the best players in a white jersey tonight. He just settled things down anytime he had the puck.
-We have to admit we underestimated how healthy the Bruins' blue line was coming into this series. That week of rest did their defensemen - specificially Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg - a world of good. They have had a major role in holding Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin - former Art Ross Trophy winners - without a point this series.
-Jaromir Jagr bites the Penguins. He forced the turnover in overtime which led to Patrice Bergeron's overtime goal. It would be a stretch to say Jagr stood out most of the game, but he contributed. As Ference joked afterward, maybe that's why he works out after midnight.
-There are reports Bruins forward Gregory Campbell suffered a pretty serious leg injury after blocking that shot by Malkin in regulation. He showed a lot of guts finishing that shift on his skates.
-The Penguins led in shots, 54-40.
-Malkin led the game with 10.
-Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuk each led the Bruins with six shots.
-Zdeno Chara led the game with 42:05 of ice time.
-Letang led the Penguins with 40:50.
-Crosby was 21-for-38 (55 percent).
-The Penguins led in faceoffs, 51-38 (57 percent).
-David Krejci was 12 for 22 (55 percent).
-Seidenberg led the game with six blocked shots.
-Martin led the Penguins with four.