BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored 15:19 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 gave Boston a commanding edge in 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 39 shots for the Bruins. Tomas Vokoun made 52 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.
Vokoun wwas pulled after Boston grabbed a 3-0 lead late in the opening period of a 6-1 win in Game 2. He was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury.
Vokoun originally earned the starting job after Fleury struggled in the Penguins’ opening-round series against the New York Islanders.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after the team’s morning skate Wednesday that Vokoun has been steady nearly every game he has played this postseason.
Before the game, the Bruins honored a police officer who was injured in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue left the hospital for the night to serve as honorary banner captain. Donohue’s wife wheeled him out to the ice before the game. He was shown on the scoreboard and given a big cheer as he waved a Bruins flag.
Donohue’s femoral artery was severed when he was shot during a gunfight with the Tsarnaev brothers. He is still being treated at a rehab center, but he hopes to be released soon.
KINGS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1
In Los Angeles, Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, and the Kings beat Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, trimming the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1.
Game 4 is tonight.