Simon Despres tallied two goals – including the game-winner in the second overtime – as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 5-4 victory over the Providence Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conferences Semifinals on Wednesday night. The Penguins now lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1, with Game Four slated for Friday night in Providence.
Despres beat Niklas Svedberg at 6:32 of the second OT to give the Penguins the win. It was the second time in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career that Despres scored in double overtime to give the Pens a playoff win (May 8, 2012 in a 3-2 win over the St. John’s Ice Caps- Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals).
Providence scored two goals in the first 1:06 of the third period to take a 4-1 lead, before the Penguins started on the comeback trail.
Pens captain Tom Kostopoulos tallied on the power play at 7:37 – his third goal of the postseason. Despres picked up his first of the night (and of the playoffs) at 12:10, with his slapshot from the point appearing to tip off a body in front of the net.
Rookie Conor Sheary tied the game at 4-4 with 5:51 to go in regulation. It was the second goal in two games for the recent ATO signee, and his third point of the night (1+2).
Chuck Kobasew gave the Penguins the 1-0 lead at 7:14 of the second period with his fifth goal of the postseason, before the Bruins ran off four goals in a span of 5:50 over parts of two periods.
Peter Mannino stopped 36 shots in the win, including all 13 he faced in extra time. Svedberg turned aside 39 of 43 in the loss.
NOTES: The game is the fourth longest the Penguins have played in their history at 86:32…The Pens have played five multi-overtime games in their history.
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