P-BRUINS DEFEAT PENGUINS 4-2
Take a 2-0 Series Advantage Heading On The Road
R.I. - Jamie Tardif scored two goals for
the second straight night and Niklas
Svedberg made 38 saves as the Providence
Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 4-2 Saturday at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Ryan Spooner and Chris Bourque scored the other two
Providence goals as the P-Bruins take a two-games-to-none series lead in the
Eastern Conference Semifinals.
For the sixth time in seven playoff games, the P-Bruins allowed the
first goal. A hustle play for Warren Peters gave him an unassisted shorthanded
goal, with the puck wobbling just over Svedberg after he slowed it down
considerably. The goal came at 4:40 of the first. Providence tied the game at one at the 5:48
mark. During the same penalty that led to the Penguins shorthanded goal, Tardif
and the P-Bruins scored their eighth power play strike of the postseason. Tardif’s shot from a juicy rebound on the far
edge of the crease gave him his sixth goal of the post-season. Carter
Camper and Bourque recorded the assists.
One night after registering his first pro playoff goal, Spooner added another
at the 11:24 mark, which gave the home team a 2-1 advantage. Spooner skated
through the zone down low after waiting for a pass from Bourque. Tardif
registered the second assist. Tardif
notched his second goal of the contest and fourth of the series later in the
frame at the 17:25 mark, taking a couple of shots and burying his own rebound
just past the near post. Torey Krug
and Craig Cunningham each had
helpers on the play.
Bourque finished off the first period scoring at the 19:31 mark with a
point-blank redirection in front of Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff which
stretched the lead to three. Tommy Cross
and Tardif each picked up assists on the goal.
Providence led 4-1 going into the first intermission.
The Penguins made it a 4-2 score after Jordan Caron’s penalty for interference. With only three seconds left
on the man advantage, Brian Gibbons notched his third goal of the postseason on
a deflection from the far side of the crease at 14:17. Paul Thompson and Joey Mormina grabbed the
assists. The P-Bruins led 4-2 going into
the second intermission.
Neither team scored in the third period, though the Penguins had a game-high 19
shots during the frame. Svedberg’s performance was exemplified by a save he
made outside the crease, falling backward onto a completely stopped puck in the
crease. Despite a six-on-five in the game’s final minutes, the Penguins were
unable to score again, losing its second game in a row as the P-Bruins went
onto the 4-2 victory.
Svedberg stopped 38 of 40 shots for the P-Bruins, while Zatkoff made nine saves
and Brad Thiessen made 16 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The P-Bruins ended the game 2 for 6 on the
power play, while the Penguins were 1 for 3.
The Providence Bruins will play games three and
four in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and Friday. Providence Bruins playoffs are
presented by Dunkin’ Donuts.