Anton Zlobin continued his playoff heroics on Saturday night, netting his fourth goal of the postseason - and his third game-winning goal - as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The victory gave the Penguins a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series, with Game Six set for Monday night in Wilkes-Barre.
Zlobin banged home a feed from Jayson Megna with 5:40 left in the third period giving the Pens the one-goal lead. The goal extended Zlobin's point streak to four games and gives the rookie winger six points in the series against the Bruins.
The first goal of Saturday night was a near carbon copy of the overtime winner from Friday, as Ryan Spooner unleashed a slapshot from the right point during a first period power play which evaded Peter Mannino and found the back of the net. Craig Cunningham was credited with tipping home the shot at 12:47 of the opening frame.
The Pens evened the score less than four minutes later when Harry Zolnierczyk, who played his college hockey nearby at Brown, took a goal line feed from Spencer Machacek and poked the puck behind Malcolm Subban at 16:29 to even the score.
After failing to convert on their first two power play chances, the Pens made their third one count. Josh Archibald, who was making his Calder Cup playoffs debut, tallid just five seconds into a Seth Griffith interference penalty giving Wilkes-Barre the 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes.
The Bruins came out on fire in the seond period, peppering Mannino with 14 shots. The Pens netminder turned aside 13 of those, but couldn't gobble up a rebound that found it's way to Tyler Randell, who skated around the prone Penguin and tucked home his first pro playoff goal at 15:44 of the second.
Mannino was exceptional the rest of the way, stopping 10 shots in the third period, and the Pens defense stood tall in the face of a six-on-five attack with Subban pulled to finish off the game.
The Penguins will now look to eliminate the Bruins from the playoffs on Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Good seats for Game Six are on sale now at the arena bo office or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.
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