The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made history Wednesday night in Providence as they came back from a 0-3 series deficit and claimed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal with a 5-0 shutout win over the Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Penguins become the first team in American Hockey League history to rally from three down in a playoff series and win the seventh game on the road.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second period, but the Penguins more than made up for it in the middle frame, beating Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg four times.
With its first power play of the game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went up, 1-0, at 4:44 of the second when Chad Kolarik followed his own rebound behind the net and banked the puck off of Svedberg and across the goal line.
The Penguins then rattled off three goals in just over four minutes late in the period to build a commanding 4-0 lead going into the second intermission. Peter Merth started Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second tally by holding a puck in at the right blueline and quickly sliding a pass to the opposite point for Joey Mormina. Mormina sent a wrist shot toward the crease that was redirected to the top corner by Warren Peters at 13:04 for his fourth goal of the playoffs.
Chris Collins helped push the margin to three goals two minutes later, stealing a Bruins outlet attempt and dropping a pass at the far circle that Adam Payerl rifled by the blocker of Svedberg.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it a four-spot with 2:45 remaining until the break as Dominik Uher chased down his own dump in to the Providence zone and left it along the back boards for Collins. The Penguins forward notched his second assist of the night, setting up Zach Sill alone in front for a roof shot over a sprawled-out Svedberg.
Trevor Smith completed the scoring with 4:35 left in regulation, notching his fourth of the postseason.
Brad Thiessen made 34 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs and fourth of his Penguins career. He is now tied for first all-time on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with Andy Chiodo.
The Penguins move on to face the Syracuse Crunch in the Eastern Conference Final, beginning Saturday, May 25 at 7:00PM. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will host Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday, May 29 and Friday, May 31.
The Full Eastern Conference Finals schedule is:
Game 1 – Sat., May 25 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7 ET
Game 2 – Sun., May 26 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7 ET
Game 3 – Wed., May 29 – Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 ET
Game 4 – Fri., May 31 – Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 ET
*Game 5 – Sat., June 1 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7 ET
*Game 6 – Mon., June 3 – Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 ET
*Game 7 – Wed., June 5 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7 ET
Tickets for the Eastern Conference Finals are available starting at just $15, and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office starting at 10am on Thursday, through TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins at 208-7367.
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