P-BRUINS FALL TO SHARKS 5-3, LEAD SERIES 2 TO 1
P-Bruins Return To The Dunk Monday, May 11
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins fell to the Worcester Sharks 5-3 Friday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins got their goals from Brad Marchand, Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. The P-Bruins lead the best of seven series 2 game to 1. The P-Bruins return to the Dunkin' Donuts Center Monday, May 11 at 7:05 p.m. for Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals.
The Sharks took a 1-0 advantage at the 14:10 mark of the opening period, while on the power play. Patrick Traverse netted his third goal of the post-season, with Derek Joslin and Ryan Vesce recording the assists. Worcester grabbed a 2-0 lead at the 19:01 mark. T.J. Fox tallied his third goal of the playoffs, while Brad Staubitz had the lone assists. The Sharks went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.
The P-Bruins pulled within a goal ten seconds into the second period. Vladimir Sobotka held the puck halfway up the left boards and passed the puck to Penner at the left point. He took a shot and Marchand redirected the puck into the net for his fourth goal of the post-season. Worcester scored to make it 3-1 at the 4:40 mark. Andrew Desjardins tallied his third goal of the playoffs unassisted. Providence scored once again at the 7:55 mark, this time on the power play. Sobotka controlled the puck behind the net and passed it up the boards to Martin St. Pierre. He found Penner backdoor, who tipped the puck in for his first goal of the post-season. Worcester led 3-2 heading into the second intermission.
Worcester went ahead 4-2 at the 11:39 mark of the third period. Jamie McGinn scored his third goal of the playoffs with Vesce and Lukas Kaspar getting the assists. With the goalie pulled and the P-Bruins on the power play they cut the lead to one at the 19:05 mark. Zach Hamill won the face off and sent the puck to Marchand who took a shot on net. The rebound went to Lehtonen and he tallied his first goal of the playoffs. Worcester added an empty net goal at the 19:25 mark, from Riley Armstrong. It was his second goal of the post-season and was unassisted. The Sharks went on to the 5-3 victory.
Tuukka Rask stopped 26 of 30 shots for the P-Bruins, while Thomas Greiss made 26 saves for the Sharks. The P-Bruins were 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The P-Bruins return to action Saturday, May 9 for Game 4 at the DCU Center at 7:05 p.m. Providence returns to The Dunk for Game 5 on Monday, May 11 at 7:05 p.m. Information on P-Bruins playoff tickets can be obtained by calling the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging onto the team website at providencebruins.com.