Bruins up 3-0, push Pens to the Brink of Elimination on the strong Netminding of Tuukka Rask

This was the game the Penguins needed, and they played like it, repeatedly pushing the pace, being much more crisp than in Game 1 or Game 2. The dominated at times, winning 65% of the face-offs and out-shot the Bruins 54 to 40. But it didn't matter.

 

Tuukka Rask has finally cleared himself of Tim Thomas' shadow, leaving both Sidney Crosby (inset) and Evgeni Malkin scoreless through the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals

The Bruins got a stellar performance by Tuukka Rask, saving a ridiculous 53 shots for a staggering 98.1 save %. It seemed like no matter how hard Pittsburgh came, Rask was cool, calm and collected. Only a perfectly placed top-shelf one timer from Chris Kunitz found the back of the net. Rask was dominant, and flabbergasted the vaunted Penguins offense for the third straight game. After previously averaging a thunderous 4.27 goals per game in the first two rounds, the Pens are being held to a pathetic .67 goals per game. Wow. To say it's surprising to see the offensive juggernaut of Pittsburgh sputtering this bad is an understatement. But it is a testament to Rask, the Bruins defense (Chara, Bergeron, Seidenberg to name a few), and the system of Claude Julien (no buddy you aren't going to get fired anymore).

Bruins fans should be happy Iginla picked Pittsburgh, and the B's got stuck with the Jags

 

So how does Jarome Iginla feel tonight? Probably like he's not going to get a Cup any time soon. Iginla was a non-factor again with no points and one shot on goal. However, Jaromir Jagr (game-winning assist and four shots on goal), the man that he will be linked to in the series (for obvious reasons) was a beast as play wore on. Although he has been called a puck-hog (and rightfully so), his magnetic stick skills proved the difference in the game. A costly turnover by an over-eager Pittsburgh team trying to clear it into the Bruins zone was stolen by Jagr, pushed up to Brad Marchand, who made a beautiful stiff pass to Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron shot way too quickly for Vokoun to save the Penguins night one more time. Game over. Series on life support...

 

 

So he's a weirdo on his Day With the Cup....but he's a damn good goaltender