PROVIDENCE 2, PORTLAND 1
Providence captain Jeremy Reich scored through a screen at 10:32 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and give the Bruins a 2-1 win over visiting Portland in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday.
The best-of-7 series is now tied at one game apiece, with Game 3 set for Sunday afternoon in Portland.
Providence maintained that 1-0 advantage into the third period before Pirates captain Tyler Bouck scored shorthanded at 3:33, taking a wrist shot from the high slot that deflected in off Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask.
Rask finished with 27 saves on 28 shots to help the B’s snap a five-game playoff losing skid, all against the Pirates. Enroth made 38 saves in the losing effort.
Attendance at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was 6,040.
MANITOBA 4, TORONTO 2
Manitoba jumped to a quick 3-0 lead and weathered a Toronto comeback attempt to emerge with a crucial 4-2 win over the Marlies on Friday before 9,111 fans at the MTS Centre.
The regular-season champion Moose evened their North Division semifinal at a game apiece and snapped a seven-game losing skid to the Marlies.
Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Sunday in Toronto.
Jiri Tlusty put the Marlies on the board midway through the second frame, and Darryl Boyce made it a 3-2 game 5:41 into the third. But Toronto could not find the equalizer, and Jaffray sealed Manitoba’s victory with an empty-net tally in the game’s final minute.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider earned the win with 27 saves on 29 shots, and Manitoba held Toronto scoreless on three power play chances.
Manitoba had not beaten the Marlies since a 4-2 triumph on Nov. 15.