PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence Bruins had an opportunity to eliminate the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Four at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Tuesday, but the visiting team notched a 2-1 victory to force a fifth game.
For the second time in the series, neither team scored in the first period. (The Bruins’ 2-1 win in Game Three was the other occasion.) Providence had three power plays, but could not generate many quality chances. Hartford was 0-for-1 in the period on the man advantage. The Bruins outshot the Wolf Pack 8-2 in the frame.
Hartford took the lead in the second period, opening the night’s scoring for the fourth time in the series. The Bruins had a 10-shot advantage when Matt Bodie lit the lamp on his team’s fourth bid against Malcolm Subban at 3:06. The best Bruins scoring chance came just past the halfway point of the period, when David Warsofsky kept the puck in the offensive end and zipped a shot on Yann Danis, but the goaltender made the initial stop. He didn’t realize the puck was sitting behind him in the crease for a couple of seconds, but was able to fall backward onto it before anyone in a P-Bruins sweater got near him.
In the third frame, both teams lit the lamp. Hartford expanded the lead with the eventual game-winner at 2:04, as Tyler Brown tipped the puck in the right wing circle past Subban. Seth Griffith scored his second goal in as many nights, this time on the power play to cut the deficit in half. Griffith’s shot from the point got past the screened Danis at 12:54. Andrew Cherniwchan had a chance to tie the game with a backhand big that hit Danis in the chest near the crossbar, but Danis tucked it under his arm. Providence was unable to score with more than 90 seconds of 6-on-5 time.
Game Five is Friday at 7:00pm at the XLCenter.
#17 Seth Griffith (#5 David Warsofsky, #24 Ryan Spooner)
#47 Malcolm Subban (15 saves on 17 shots)