Bruins defeat Penguins in double overtime, take 3-0 series lead
BOSTON — Brooks Orpik is the conscience of the Penguins.
He has been with them the longest, played the toughest brand of hockey for them, and defended the scoring areas with a blend of physicality and precision — always with passion.
This one will hurt him most.
His man — center Patrice Bergeron — scored a goal at 15:19 of the second overtime to essentially end this best-of-seven series, which the Boston Bruins lead, 3-0, after a 2-1 victory at TD Garden on Wednesday.
“I think everybody can realize how we felt and I felt,” said Orpik, who lives in Boston during the offseason and was rocked by a blow from Bruins winger Milan Lucic two shifts before the winning goal. “You feel like you let 19 guys down. It's not a good feeling.”
The Penguins feel better about their play heading into Game 4 on Friday night.
There is only one reason to feel good about their chances of returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.
Only three teams have rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to win, but many Boston players were on the Bruins club that blew a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia in 2010.
Perhaps that is why Penguins winger James Neal wasted no opportunity after Game 3 — he said it at least five times — to insist “there is no quit in this group.”
There was none in Game 3.
Goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 38 shots.
The Penguins denied each of the five power plays awarded to the Bruins, including two in the overtimes.
Captain Sidney Crosby took 38 faceoffs, winning 21 — including 12 of 18 against Bergeron, the best on the draw in the sport.
Also during the second overtime, Crosby, who was playing with a surgically repaired jaw and only a year removed from a lengthy concussion saga, played an inspired shift — nearly scoring — without his helmet.
Center Evgeni Malkin was credited with 10 shots and he attempted another 11, though seven were blocked.
Malkin also was stripped of the puck by Bruins winger Jaromir Jagr — the second-most accomplished player in Penguins history — to set up the sequence that led to Bergeron's winning goal.
Malkin's facial expression said more than the words he could not muster after Game 3. Breathing deep, his lips pursed and his eyes widened. He looked as though he wanted to move Earth.
The Penguins need an earthquake to beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who has stopped 107 of 109 shots from an opponent that entered this series averaging 4.27 goals per game. Rask made 53 saves in Game 3, including 13 on the Penguins' six power plays.
The Penguins are 0 for 12 on the power play against the Bruins.
They will think about that Thursday. They were still thinking about a 6-1 loss in Game 2 after this defeat.
“Unfortunately we're kind of comparing Game 2, where we didn't have a chance,” Crosby said. “We gave away that one, so to speak. We did a much better job (in Game 3). We just need to trust and believe we can get this back to Pittsburgh.”
A Game 5 would be played Sunday at Consol Energy Center, if necessary. If not, a nucleus deemed destined to dominate its generation — the Penguins lost a competitive Cup Final in 2008, and won a rematch with Detroit in 2009 — will become the group that was swept from a playoff series.
No Penguins squad has had that happen since 1979.
The other option, of course, is making history.
“Of course it can be done,” Penguins forward Craig Adams said. “But it can't be done all at once. We beat this team three times this year. We know we can beat them. They played a good game tonight. So did we.
“The problem with dropping the first two (games) is that there is no margin for error.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
- Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
- Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
- Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
- Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities
- McIlroy, world’s No. 1 golfer, injures ankle playing soccer
- Bookings for August Wilson Center climb, but permanent board yet to be set
- Bombs at mosque, restaurant in central Nigerian city kill 44
- Film shares tale of Pittsburgh man who turned disability into career
- Ex-teammates say Kessel unfairly criticized
- United States takes down Japan, wins third Women’s World Cup