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McQuaid's goal gives Bruins a sweep and a Finals berth
Adam McQuaid scored the lone goal 5:01 into the third period and Tuukka Rask turned in another stellar effort, stopping 26 shots for his second shutout of the series as the Bruins beat the Penguins 1-0 to complete a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals.
The game ended with a flurry of Penguins shots with Rask, who frustrated Pittsburgh throughout, grabbing the last one at the horn with his glove and batted it into the air with his stick after it was over.
On the winning goal, Brad Marchand made a perfect drop pass to McQuaid, who unloaded a shot from the point that tipped off Pittsburgh winger Jarome Iginla and sailed over the glove of goalie Tomas Vokoun.
The Bruins nearly increased their lead with just under eight minutes to play when Jaromir Jagr clanged a shot off the crossbar on the power play. Less than two minutes later, Daniel Paille had a clean breakaway but missed wide left.
Iginla, who vetoed a proposed trade-deadline deal to Boston because he wanted a chance to win the Cup with Sidney Crosby and company, will now have to live with a summer of what ifs. What if he came to Boston? What if he left McQuaid’s shot alone?
Boston had two decent chances, but its best came about a minute after the power play when Tyler Seguin was robbed by Vokoun’s glove stop at the end of a two-on-one break.
And the teams entered the third like they did the second — tied 0-0.
The teams left after the first period scoreless for just the fourth period of this series.
David Krejci entered the game leading the playoffs in points (21 goals, nine assists). ...
Daugavins took Campbell’s spot in the lineup and on the fourth line. ...
The Penguins have been swept just twice the previous 47 times they were down 0-3. ...
Red Sox DH David Ortiz was in a luxury box waving a yellow towel. Boston’s game against the Angels was rained out earlier in the day.
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