PROVIDENCE 4, WORCESTER 3
Providence came out with a strong second period and held on for a 4-3 win over Worcester on Monday in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals. Rookie Brad Marchand was one of four skaters to score for the Bruins, who snapped a two-game skid and took a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is set for Wednesday in Worcester.
With one more victory, Providence can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2005.
The teams seemed poised for a scoreless opening period, but Worcester received a late power play and converted in the frame’s final minute. Defenseman Patrick Traverse took a pass in the slot from Dan DaSilva and fired it over the right shoulder of Providence netminder Tuukka Rask for a 1-0 lead.
Providence dominated the second period, outshooting the Sharks by a 19-7 margin and outscoring them 3-0.
The B’s tied it at 1-1 when Martin St. Pierre, skating in on a partial 2-on-1 break, snapped a wrist shot from right face-off dot. Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss made the initial save, but St. Pierre tapped in his own rebound at 3:07 for his fourth goal of the playoffs.
Marchand put the Bruins on top with a power play goal at 10:55. He took a shot from slot that Greiss got a piece of but couldn’t stop from dribbling behind him and into the net.
Worcester’s Jamie McGinn and Providence’s Levi Nelson scored 14 seconds apart midway through the third period, and Riley Armstrong brought the Sharks within 4-3 with an extra-attacker, power-play goal at 17:48. But Worcester could not find the equalizer.
Rask finished with 30 saves and improved to 7-3 this postseason.
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Game 1 – Tue., Apr. 28 – PROVIDENCE 3, Worcester 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Wed., May 6 – Providence 4, WORCESTER 2
Game 3 – Fri., May 8 – Worcester 5, PROVIDENCE 3
Game 4 – Sat., May 9 – WORCESTER 1, Providence 0
Game 5 – Mon., May 11 – PROVIDENCE 4, Worcester 3
Game 6 – Wed., May 13 – Providence at Worcester, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., May 14 – Worcester at Providence, 7:05