BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored 15 minutes 19 seconds into the second overtime to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.
The victory put Boston in control of the best-of-seven series and a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup finals in Game 4 on Friday night at home.
Tuukka Rask stopped 53 shots for the Bruins.
Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves for the Penguins one game after he was yanked from the net after giving up three quick goals in the first period.
David Krejci also scored for Boston.
Chris Kunitz scored Pittsburgh’s only goal.
That left it 1-1 after two periods, and it stayed that way through two more. But 4:41 before the second overtime would expire, Brad Marchand grabbed the puck along the left-wing boards and centered it, where Bergeron redirected it past Vokoun and into the net.
That set off a celebration in Boston — the first for the Bruins at home this series after they won the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh, 3-0 and 6-1. It is the first time all season that Pittsburgh has lost three consecutive games.
After two Boston blowouts, the Penguins matched the Bruins and even out-shot them 39-25 in regulation — including a third period in which Pittsburgh held a 14-4 advantage despite two Boston power plays. The Bruins didn’t muster a shot in the final 71 / 2 minutes of regulation.
However, the Bruins had the better chances in overtime, including Nathan Horton’s breakaway that Vokoun turned aside just 2:21 in, and another shot by Horton that went off the right post with 12:25 on the clock.
Pittsburgh forced Rask to make a save with five minutes left in the first overtime, when Craig Adams tried to poke home a rebound.
Pittsburgh went 0-for-6 on power plays. Boston was 0-for-5.
The Blackhawks will be without their top defenseman in Game 4 as Duncan Keith is serving a one-game suspension for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter.
Keith hit Carter with a one-handed blow in the second period of the Kings’ 3-1 victory in Game 3, opening a 20-stitch gash on the star forward’s face and cracking three of his teeth.
Chicago has a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is in Los Angeles.