They took the long road to get there, but the Providence Bruins are off to the second round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs after a 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night.
After losing the first two games of the series on home ice, the Bruins staved off elimination three times to earn a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, beginning Friday.
Providence is the 10th team in AHL history to win a best-of-five series after trailing 0-2, and the third to do so after dropping the first two at home.
Providence held on the rest of the way, including killing off the final 31.4 seconds of the game with the Bears on a 6-on-4 advantage with a power play and their goaltender out for an extra attacker.
Hershey contolled the play over the first several minutes of the game and built a 1-0 lead on Casey Wellman‘s goal just 1:19 in.
Providence answered at 5:04, with Justin Florek getting his first goal of the series.
Jordan Caron gave the Bruins their first lead of the game with 4:52 left in the second period, and that held up until Peter LeBlanc forced a turnover behind the Providence net and Joey Crabb stepped out with the puck and slipped it past Niklas Svedberg to make it 2-2 with 16:04 to play in the third.
Svedberg (3-2) finished with 24 saves, including 10 in the third period, as he earned his third straight win. Grubauer (2-3) stopped 34 of 37 shots on the night for Hershey.