SPRINGFIELD, M.A. – The Providence Bruins scored five times in the third period to defeat the Springfield Falcons 5-0 Saturday evening at the Mass Mutual Center and win the season series. The Bruins scored twice within a minute span, and twice within 0:30.
The Bruins and Falcons combined for a dozen shots in the first, but Springfield had only two heading into the final four minutes. Ryan Craig had the first shot of the game with a one-timer from point-blank range, but Malcolm Subban made the pad save. The Bruins had a few chances in the slot, but couldn’t get a shot off when they were there three times. Neither team had many chances during the two minutes of four-on-four. The Falcons had three shots toward the end of the period on a man advantage.
At one point in the second, Providence had a 20-10 shot lead, which included three great chances on the power play. Dansk prevented any of them from going in though, including a couple in a row on Justin Florek, who made a backhand move in front in between his pair of shots. Later in the frame, the Bruins had a 2-on-1 and even an Andrew Cherniwchan breakaway straight out of the penalty box, but Dansk held strong. (He was only 4-for-6 in his only other appearance against the Bruins this season, and was pulled only 4:11 in.)
When the P-Bruins finally got on the board in the third, they didn’t hesitate to add to the lead. Cherniwchan capitalized on his second breakaway of the game, going top-shelf to put Providence on top at 5:05. After another turnover deep in the Falcons’ zone, Tyler Randell had an unassisted goal on the left doorstep 0:58 later. Alexander Khokhlachev’s wrister at 11:37 made it a three-goal advantage, and Kane capped the scoring with his pair (one 0:19 after Khokhlachev’s).
The Bruins will be at home Sunday to play the Norfolk Admirals for the final time at the Dunkin Donuts Center at 3:05pm.
#39 Andrew Cherniwchan
#11 Tyler Randell
#13 Alexander Khokhlachev (#16 Zack Phillips, #3 Tommy Cross)
#38 Cory Kane (Cross, Phillips)
Kane (#17 Seth Griffith, #29 Frankie Simonelli)
#47 Malcolm Subban (19 saves on 19 shots)
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The Providence Bruins are an American Hockey League franchise and the top affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Since moving to Providence in 1992 the P-Bruins have been among the league leaders in regular season attendance. On the ice the team has enjoyed similar success, having won five division titles, three regular season titles and the Calder Cup in 1999.