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Slumping P-Bruins pushed to Game 7 after OT loss

Posted By Jerry Spar On May 21, 2013 @ 7:42 am In General | No Comments

While the attention of local hockey fans is on the Bruins, who visit the Rangers in Game 3 of their second-round series Tuesday night, the AHL’s Providence Bruins are in an intense battle in their own second-round series.

The P-Bruins won the first three games vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins [1] but have lost three straight, including Monday night’s 2-1 overtime loss [2] at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Despite outshooting the Penguins [1] 47-18 — including 33-5 over the last two periods — Providence could only score once: Craig Cunningham‘s second-period on former Northeastern standout Brad Thiessen, who has allowed just one goal in the last two games.

“Listen, we’€™re missing open nets. At some point you’€™ve got to put the puck in the net,” P-Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told the Providence Journal. “A goalie can only do so much. We had open nets. We missed open nets or there’€™s a pad in the way. We’€™ve got to start finishing, plain and simple.”

Trevor Smith scored a wraparound goal 3:26 into overtime, beating goalie Niklas Svedberg to force a deciding Game 7 Wednesday night in Providence. This is just the fourth time in AHL history a team came back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a Game 7.

Providence was playing without winger Graham Mink, who was suspended for the final two games of the series after pounding Thiessen during a brawl in a fight-filled Game 5 Saturday night.

In the final five minutes of a chippy game Saturday, Mink was cutting across the crease when the fighting started. He started unloading punches on a turtling Thiessen before a referee jumped in to break it up.

“I didn’t say or do anything. It kind of happened and I’m not sure what provoked,” Thiessen told the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre [3] after recording the shutout in a 4-0 decision. “Whatever they want to do. My job’s to stop the puck.”

Here’s a look at Saturday’s brawl. The nastiness starts at the 6:30 mark of this video.

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[1] Penguins: http://media.weei.com/hockey/pittsburgh-penguins.htm

[2] Monday night’s 2-1 overtime loss: http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/bruins/content/20130520-smith-s-goal-lifts-pens-to-2-1-ot-win-forces-game-seven.ece

[3] Thiessen told the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre: http://www.timesleader.com/news/penguins-sports/527217/Pens-stay-alive-fight-off-Bruins

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