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Bruins 2, Penguins 1 (2 OT)

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BOSTON -- It looks like Jarome Iginla was wrong.

Back at the trade deadline, the future Hall of Famer decided he wanted to go to Pittsburgh rather than Boston because the Penguins had a better chance to win the Stanley Cup.

But early Thursday morning, Patrice Bergeron tipped a Brad Marchand pass past Tomas Vokoun with 4:41 left in the second overtime, giving the Bruins a 2-1 Game 3 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead over Iginla's Penguins in the Eastern Conference final.

The Bruins, going for their second Stanley Cup in the past three years, can advance to the finals with a win Friday night.

Only three teams have come back from 0-3 deficits to win a playoff series; the Bruins on the wrong end of the most-recent one, to the Flyers in 2010.

Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr started the winning rush at center ice and got the puck to Marchand, who found Bergeron for the center's second OT goal of these playoffs -- after the clock had gone past midnight.

The goal made a winner of goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 53 saves on a night the Penguins showed they indeed had some heart left.

Vokoun, who continued to start over Marc-Andre Fleury, also played well, stopping 38 shots.

Some 90 seconds before the winner, Pittsburgh's Craig Adams hit the post behind Rask.

David Krejci, the playoff scoring leader, scored his ninth just 1:42 into the game and Chris Kunitz answered with his fifth in the second period.

The Bruins lost center Gregory Campbell in the second period after he blocked an Evgeni Malkin shot with his right leg. There was no update but he didn't return.

After killing four power plays in the first two periods, the Bruins had the first 42 seconds of the third on the power play and then had two more chances later in the period. But they totaled one shot in the four minutes and were outshot 14-4 in the period. That doesn't count posts hit by Sidney Crosby and Malkin (eight shots in regulation).

Through three, the Penguins, clearly fighting for their lives, had gone 37-19 on faceoffs and were credited with 31 hits to 22 for Boston. They also led in shots, 39-25.

The Pens then got a power play on a shaky tripping call on Chris Kelly 8:27 into overtime -- this just after Nathan Horton hit the post to Vokoun's left. Nothing came of the power play, or the one called on Brooks Orpik at 11:26, for high sticking Marchand. The Bruins, in fact, had three power plays in the first overtime.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma, asked after the morning skate about his decision to go with Vokoun, said, "Looking for a solid game from our goaltender. We've gotten that from Tomas in virtually every game he's played, a real solid performance, and he's done that for us; and that's what we need tonight."

Vokoun then allowed a goal on the first shot of the game, even though it really wasn't his fault.

Big plays by Milan Lucic at both ends of the ice ended with Lucic picking off Matt Niskanen's clearing attempt along the boards and getting the puck to Krejci. The center then walked out from behind the net and threw it goal-ward from a bad angle. It appeared to hit Niskanen's stick and get by Vokoun; Krejci's 68th point in 74 career playoff games.

The Penguins were playing much better than they played in Game 2, which really isn't saying much. But still they couldn't score.

The visitors had back-to-back power plays early in the second period and James Neal had four shots on goal in the first six-and-a-half minutes, five already in the game.

But the sides were even when Crosby beat Bergeron on a faceoff, defenseman Paul Martin setting Kunitz up for the tying goal 8:51 into the period.

The Bruins then killed a too-many men penalty and ended the period on their first power play of the night.

NOTES: Both coaches were asked earlier Wednesday to comment on the competition committee's recommendation that visors become mandatory for players entering the league next season. "I thought it was inevitable, and I'm glad to see them put that in there," said Bylsma. Counterpart Claude Julien said, "I think it's as good thing that they're encouraging that visor, and that it's going to be grandfathered in. I believe in it." ... Neither coach thought there's as much of a stigma attached to players wearing visors than there once was. ... Continuing the playoff run of honoring those injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath, Wednesday night's Fan Banner Captain was transit police officer Richard Donohue, who was wounded in a firefight with the suspects. "After being in hospitals for the better part of almost two months now, just being able to get outside, have some fun, be at a Bruins playoff game, it's awesome," Donohue said. "I'm excited. I'm happy to be out, even if it's only for one night." ... The Bruins came in 11-10 in all-time playoff games against the Penguins, outscoring Pittsburgh 71-68. ... Rask was OK after taking a Shawn Thornton shot near the collarbone at the morning skate. He angrily left his crease but Julien seemed to get a kick out of the whole thing. ... Spotted in the crowd: Patriots coach Bill Belichick and former Bruin P.J. Axelsson, both waving yellow towels.

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