Providence dug out of an early two-goal hole and staved off elimination with a 4-2 win over Hershey at Giant Center on Tuesday night.
The Atlantic Division Finals will come down to a seventh and deciding game in Hershey on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET).
Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring for Hershey in Game 6 with a power-play goal at 5:02 of the first period, cleaning up after a wild scramble in front of the Providence net.
Stephenson later forced a turnover at center ice and sprung Chris Bourque on a partial breakaway down the left wing, and Bourque netted his sixth goal of the postseason with 29.1 seconds left in the frame to make it 2-0 in favor of the Bears.
But the Bruins rebounded with three goals in the second period, including two on their first two shots to tie the game.
First, Danton Heinen knocked in his fifth goal of the playoffs but first of the series just 37 seconds into the middle stanza. Then Colton Hargrove finished a give-and-go with Porter down low to make it 2-2 at 6:18.
With 22.6 seconds to go before intermission, Colby Cave carried the puck into the Bears zone, brought it behind the net and sent it in front to Porter, who buried it for his fourth goal of the playoffs to give Providence its first lead.
Czarnik finished the scoring with 7:56 left in regulation, snapping a shot from the left circle to make it 4-2.
Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A3-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence 3, HERSHEY 1
Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – HERSHEY 3, Providence 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – PROVIDENCE 2, Hershey 1
Game 5 – Sun., May 14 – Hershey 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – Providence 4, HERSHEY 2
Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern
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