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P-Bruins punch ticket to AHL Eastern Conference Finals

05.18.17 at 12:27 am ET
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Zane McIntyre has backstopped the P-Bruins to the AHL Eastern Conference Finals. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Zane McIntyre has backstopped the P-Bruins to the AHL Eastern Conference Finals. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

By way of their 4-2 victory over the Hershey Bears in Game 7 on Wednesday, the Providence Bruins decided that the Celtics aren’t going to be the only New England team skating in a conference final.

In yet another road elimination game, the P-Bruins were guided to victory behind two goals from Jordan Szwarz, three points from Wayne Simpson, the empty-net dagger from 2015 first-round pick Jake DeBrusk, and stops from goaltender Zane McIntyre on 15-of-17 shots.

In net for all 12 of the Baby B’s wins throughout this run, McIntyre now boasts a .921 save percentage (the sixth-best in the AHL) and 2.11 goals against average (the fourth-best among goaltenders).

With two assists in the victory, forward Danton Heinen’s playoff line now reads five goals (fourth-most among AHL postseason skaters) and 12 points in 12 contests. Only San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter, with 13 points, has more points through the first two rounds of postseason play. Heinen, in just his first pro season since making the jump from the college ranks in 2015-16, had zero points and seven shots in eight NHL games this season.

As a team, the P-Bruins made AHL history with the win, too, as it was their fourth road elimination victory of this run, which is a number that no other team has ever matched in the league’s 81-year history.

So it’s off to the third round for the P-Bruins, where they will meet the Syracuse Crunch beginning in Providence this Friday.

This will be Providence’s first trip to the third round since 2009’s five-game loss to the Bears.

The P-Bruins won their only Calder Cup appearance in franchise history, which came against the Rochester Americans in 1999.

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