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Stanley Cup Stories: Patrice Bergeron does it again

06/06/2013 04:01 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins extended Game 3 to two overtime periods, but that's as far as Boston allowed its East final opponents to go, as Patrice Bergeron lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 win. This and more in the top NHL playoff stories from Wednesday:

1. Patrice Bergeron had a bruise under his right eye and a cut on the bridge of his nose, but he also had the game winner on his stick in double overtime. Well, just barely, as his quick redirect of Brad Marchand's pass beat Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun at 15:19 for a 2-1 Boston victory in Game 3. It was the third career playoff overtime goal for Bergeron, who joins Mel Hill as the only other player with the accomplishment in Boston's history books. The Bruins could sweep the No. 1 seeded Penguins Friday on Hockey Night in Canada (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).

2. Jaromir Jagr didn't need to be named one of the three stars to get senior writer Tim Wharnsby's attention. The oldest player on the ice made the key play to set up Bergeron for the OT-winning goal. While Bergeron earned first star honours, Coach's Corner personality Don Cherry called Marchand "dynamite" as host Ron MacLean dubbed the winger as Boston's best player in Game 3. NHLers were impressed with the goalie showdown between Vokoun and Boston's Tuukka Rask, who were named second and third stars, respectively. But it was the double Overtime Magic that kept hockey fans awake late at night on Twitter.

3. Duncan Keith won't be suiting up for Game 4 as the Blackhawks take on the Kings. The Chicago defenceman was suspended one game for high-sticking Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter in the face in Game 3 Tuesday. Player safety chief Brendan Shanahan said in his video explanation, "It is not an accidental high-stick, nor is it a defensive high-stick to an opponent. This is a retaliatory high-stick to an opponent that causes an injury." Find out who replaces Keith in the Blackhawks' lineup Thursday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 9 p.m. ET).

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