BOSTON (AP) -- Blowout or double-overtime thriller, the result is the same for theBoston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals: a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a chance to sweep the No. 1 seed out of the playoffs.
Patrice Bergeron redirected a pass from Brad Marchand into the net at 15:19 of the second overtime on Wednesday night to lead Boston to a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh and a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
With a victory in Game 4 at home on Friday, the 2011 Stanley Cup champions would earn a chance to play for a second title in three years.
"I'm pretty tired, but it's rewarding when you get the results," said Bergeron, who had a bruise under his right eye and a cut on his nose. "We found a way, I guess. That's the only way you've got to look at it. It wasn't necessarily our best effort in the first 60 (minutes). We said we had to find a way somehow, and we did in the second overtime."
Tuukka Rask stopped 53 shots for the Bruins. David Krejci scored on the Bruins' first shot of the game, just 102 seconds in, and Tomas Vokoun held them scoreless for 93 minutes, 37 seconds before Bergeron scored on Boston's last.
"It was very long, very tiring. But we came out with the win," Marchand said. "We're obviously very happy, but we've still got a lot of work to do. They're going to come out harder the next game."
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. After Krejci, who leads the playoffs in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists, made it 1-0, Chris Kunitz tied it in the second period.