David Gove scored his first career Calder Cup Playoff goal with 1:08 left in regulation, giving Providence a 5-4 win over Lowell in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Final on Friday night.
Game 2 is Saturday in Lowell.
The back-and-forth affair started with the Bruins scoring on each of their first two shots on goal, with Brad Boyes (2:58) and Jay Henderson (3:42) beating Cam Ward early.
But the Lock Monsters tied the score by the end of the first period on power-play goals by Colin Forbes and Mike Commodore.
Providence’s Patrice Bergeron and Lowell’s Bruno St. Jacques traded goals 1:25 apart in the second period to make it 3-3.
Dustin Johner gave the Lock Monsters their first lead of the night 5:57 into the third period, but Jayme Filipowicz answered 38 seconds later.
Bergeron finished with a goal and two assists and Keith Aucoin added three assists for the Bruins, while Hannu Toivonen made 29 saves.
PHILADELPHIA 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Antero Niittymaki made 30 saves as Philadelphia took a 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Wachovia Center on Friday.
The Penguins are down 0-2 for the fifth time in their last seven playoff series.
Joni Pitkanen and Jon Sim gave the Phantoms a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, and Jeff Carter and ex-Penguin Eric Meloche added insurance markers.
Patrick Sharp and Mike Richards recorded two assists apiece.
Colby Armstrong scored the only goal of the night for Wilkes-Barre, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves in his first start since Game 1 of the first round against Binghamton.
The series shifts to northeastern Pennsylvania for Game 3 on Saturday.
MANITOBA 1, ROCHESTER 0
Wade Flaherty made 31 saves to help Manitoba to a 1-0 win over Rochester in Game 2 of the North Division Final on Friday.
The series continues in Winnipeg for the next three games.
Peter Sarno scored just 26 seconds into the game, and the Moose held on from there, handing the Americans their first shutout since Oct. 26.
Ryan Miller made 24 saves for Rochester, which lost for the first time in six games this postseason.