Cory Kane's hack and whack goal at 6:31 of oveertime capped a late comeback for the Bruins, as Providence took a 3-2 overtime win in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday night at the Dunkin' Donut Center. The win evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece with Game Five set for Saturday night in Providence.
The game-winning goal was not without controversy, as goaltender Peter Mannino appeared to have the puck covered before Kane's stick work sent the rubber into the Wilkes-Barre net.
Drew Griffith opened the scoring for the Bruins with a wrister through traffic that beat Peter Mannino's blocker at 3:11 of the first frame.
That was the lone goal of the first frame, and his fourth of the playoffs Reid McNeill got the Pens on the baord at 13:16 of the second period, blasting a point shot past Malcolm Subban. The goal was the first career postseason tally for the Pens defenseman, with Chuck Kobasew and Harry Zolnierczyk assisting on the goal.
Providence had a fantastic chance to retake the lead early in the third as former Penguin Nick Johnson was awarded a penalty shot following a scrum in front of the Wilkes-Barre net. Mannino calmly turned aside the attempt with his left pad to keep the score knotted at 1-1. Less than two minutes later, the visitors took their first lead of the night.
Conor Sheary put the Pens in front off a two-on-one rush at with Anton Zlobin driving the lane. His goal at 4:01 was his third of the playoffs The Pens failed to convert on their lone power play of regulation, which came courtesy of a Kane slash with 2:37 left in the game, and that would come back to haunt the visitors.
Provience pulled Subban for the extra attacker with about 35 seconds left, and controlled play for much of that time in the Pens zone. With time winding down, Craig Cunningham let a shot fly from the right dot that was deflected by Ryan Spooner and beat Mannino with .6 seconds left in the period to force overtime for the second consecutive game.
The Penguins will look to take a 3-2 series lead on Saturday night, when the two teams will face off once again in Providence. Game Six of the series will take place in Wilkes-Barre on Monday night at 7:05pm. Ticket reps will be in the office this weekend to take orders for Monday night's game. Get your seats by calling 570-208-7367.
NOTES: The winner of the Penguins-Bruins series will take on the St. John's Ice Caps in the Eastern Conference Finals. St. John's downed the Norfolk Admirals, 5-2, in Game Six of their series on Friday night to earn their second conference finals appearance in the past three seasons.
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