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Pens start Tomas Vokoun

Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun started in goal for the pivotal third game of the Eastern Conference finals in Boston, making 38 saves in the team's 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night.

He said coach Dan Bylsma informed him of the decision Tuesday evening.

The Penguins trail Boston 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

The Penguins had ridden Vokoun for the past couple of weeks after starter Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after struggling in the first round against the New York Islanders. But after giving up three goals to the Bruins in Game 1 and three more in the first period of Game 2, Vokoun was pulled for Fleury.

Fleury didn't fare much better, surrendering three goals on 17 shots en route to a 6-1 loss that put Pittsburgh in a deep hole.

In five games this postseason, Fleury has an .883 save percentage and has given up an average of 3.4 goals per game. Vokoun, through nine playoff games, has a .929 save percentage and a 2.2 GAA.

ESPN.com's Scott Burnside contributed to this report.