Fast Start Leads Bruins Past Penguins in Game 2
W-B/Scranton hosts Game 3 on Wed at Mohegan Sun Arena
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A four-goal outburst in the first period was enough for the Providence Bruins to hold on for a 4-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series.
For the second straight game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to strike first and for the second straight night Providence responded with a flurry of goals to open a sizeable lead. The Penguins went ahead, 1-0, at 4:40 of the first when Warren Peters made a shorthanded steal deep in the Bruins zone and banked a shot in off the back of goalie Niklas Svedberg.
Providence tied things up a minute later during a two-man advantage as Jamie Tardif tucked in his own rebound in front of Penguins netminder Jeff Zatkoff.
The Bruins took their first lead of the contest at 11:24 when Ryan Spooner was left alone on the far post to gather a loose puck and tap it home. Tardif then put Providence ahead, 3-1, with 2:35 remaining until the intermission with his second power play goal of the evening.
Chris Bourque, who had already assisted on two of the three Providence goals, made it a 4-1 cushion with 29 seconds left in the first. The Bruins forward cut to the top of the crease to redirect a Tardif slapshot past the right skate of Zatkoff. Brad Thiessen would come into the game after the intermission to replace Zatkoff.
Trailing 4-1 in the second period, the Penguins pulled within two with the lone goal of the frame. With just four seconds left on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second power play of the game, Joey Mormina’s point shot pinballed off of several players in front of Svedberg’s crease before being swatted into the net by Brian Gibbons at 14:17.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dominated the final period of regulation, outshooting Providence 19-5, but could not further close the gap. Thiessen stopped all 16 shots he faced over two periods of relief. Svedberg made 38 saves for his fifth straight win of the playoffs.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will host the Providence Bruins on Wednesday, May 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal at 7:05PM. Tune in on 102.3 The Mountain or AHLLive.com.
Tickets for individual playoff games are on sale now to the general public and available at the Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, through any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets also can be purchased via phone by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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