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Bruins end OT hex, even series with Crunch

Jordan Szwarz scored 8:28 into overtime as Providence defeated Syracuse, 2-1, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday night.

The series shifts to central New York for Game 3 on Wednesday night.

Szwarz’s second goal of the night and fourth in the last three games came on a wrist shot from the top of the left-wing circle off a feed from Wayne Simpson. It snapped the Bruins’ eight-game losing streak in postseason OT games, dating back to 2015.

Szwarz also scored the tying goal at 16:47 of the second period, a power-play marker to end the Bruins’ 0-for-15 drought.

Zane McIntyre made 29 saves for Providence, shutting out the Crunch over the final 67:02 of the contest.

Ben Thomas netted the only goal for Syracuse in Game 2, sneaking in from the point and burying a pass from Mathieu Brodeur just 1:26 into the contest.

Mike McKenna stopped 34 shots for the Crunch.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
A4-Providence Bruins vs. N1-Syracuse Crunch
Game 1 – Fri., May 19 – Syracuse 6, PROVIDENCE 3
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – PROVIDENCE 2, Syracuse 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern