P-BRUINS STAVE OFF ELIMINATION WITH 5-1 WIN
Two Power Play Goals Fuel Five-Goal Outburst
Hershey, PA -- Chris
two goals and added an assist in the Providence
Bruins' 5-1 win over the Hershey
Bears in Game 3 of the Eastern
Conference Quarterfinals at the Giant Center. The team scored twice on the power play and turned an
early deficit into a tie game courtesy of the game's first star.
The Bears scored the first
goal of the contest for the third time in as many games this series. With 16:16
left in the first, Michael Latta scored his second lamplighter of the set. He
buried a rebound from the far side after Nicolas Deschamps had the initial shot.
Deschamp received a feed from Cameron Schilling to set up the scoring chance.
For the second game in a
row, a former Hershey Bear scored to tie the game. Bourque knotted the contest
up at one apiece less than five minutes later with a deflection onto the
crossbar and into the back of the net. Craig
Cunningham snapped the shot off from just inside the blue line, thanks to
some help from Garnet Exelby.
Providence took a 2-1 lead in the second
with Bobby Robins scoring his first
goal of the playoffs. Robins' wrister from just inside the blue line landed inside
the near post past Bears Goalie Philipp Grubauer. Kevan Miller got the primary assist in his first professional
playoff game and Justin Florek added
a helper of his own.
The Bruins took the team's largest lead
of the series at a 3-1 advantage later in the period. Bourque turned a fake
slapper into a slap pass to the nearside doorstep, where Jamie Tardif was waiting with a redirection into a half empty net. Ryan Spooner had the secondary assist
on the P-Bruins' second power play goal of the series.
The Bears had eight minutes of power
play time in the middle frame and had ample opportunities to score, but Niklas Svedberg and the Providence
defense held strong, including for a four-minute stretch that featured two
minutes of five-on-three time for the home team.
Bourque got his third point of the night
with an insurance goal at the 4:07 mark of the third period with a 3-on-2
opportunity. Spooner recorded the lone
assist. Carter Camper capped the night's scoring with an unassisted goal
while on the man advantage. Camper forced a turnover in the near circle and
beat Grubauer to take a 5-1 lead.
Svedberg, the game's second star, made
30 saves in the win, while Grubauer had 22 stops in the loss. The P-Bruins
ended the game 2-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 6-for-6 killing
Hershey's man advantages.
The Providence Bruins continue the Eastern
Conference Quarterfinals with game four in Hershey on Sunday, May 5 at 5:00pm. Providence Bruins playoffs are presented by Dunkin' Donuts.
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Providence Bruins, established in 1992, are the top affiliate of the 2011
Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. The Providence Bruins have enjoyed much
success over their history. The team won the American Hockey League's Calder
Cup championship in 1999 and boasts 10 former players on the 2011 Stanley Cup
champion Boston Bruins. In addition to accomplishments on the ice, the
Providence Bruins were fourth-best in attendance in the AHL in 2011-12 and are
the best-attended minor-league hockey team in New England.