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Patrice Bergeron picked up a hustle goal while shorthanded to make it 3-0 for Boston.

With Zdeno Chara out on the first power play of the game, Bergeron raced to get the puck and then split two defenders as he crossed through the neutral zone. Christian Ehrhoff took Bergeron down before he could get to the crease _ drawing a delayed penalty _ but Bergeron and the puck crashed into the goalie and the puck made it through.

The referee looked at the replay to make sure Bergeron didn’t throw it in with his hand, but the play stood.

So it’s 3-0. And now the second period is over.

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We have our first penalty. It’s an interference call against Zdeno Chara that gave the Canucks the first power play of the game in the closing minutes of the second period.

Chara picked up the call during some sustained pressure by the Canucks. Vancouver put some more good pressure on Boston in the early part of its power play, but wound up with nothing to show for it.

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Brad Marchand is more than just a gadfly who’s been getting on the Canucks nerves.

He’s also the highest-scoring rookie in Bruins postseason history.

Marchand scored goal No. 10 with 7:47 left in the second period to give Boston a 2-0 lead over the Vancouver Canucks. Nine was already a playoff record for the Original Six franchise; that one came on Monday night, and it sparked the Bruins to four goals in a span of 4:14.

Marchand went around the back of the net and wrapped it around for the backhand. Roberto Luongo stopped the opening salvo with his stick, but in the aftermath of the initial save the puck rolled over the goal line.

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It’s the kind of game that bodes well for the Canucks, but the Bruins still lead 1-0 midway through the second period.

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