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Huge third period lifts Bruins past Sharks, 6-3

Providence entered the third period trailing Worcester 2-1, but the Bruins scored five goals on just six shots in the final 20 minutes to take a 6-3 victory over the visiting Sharks at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday.

Wacey Rabbit notched the league-leading Bruins’ first hat trick of the season, with all three goals coming in the final stanza.

Josh Prudden tallied a pair of first-period goals to give the Sharks their 2-1 advantage, with a Providence goal by Jeff Hoggan wedged in between.

It marked Prudden’s first multiple-goal game in the AHL since Nov. 30, 2005.

After a scoreless second period, Rabbit began the Bruins’ third-period surge with his fifth of the season at 5:11.

But just 43 seconds later, Worcester’s Riley Armstrong put the Sharks back on top 3-2 with an unassisted goal.

At 7:04, Bruins captain Nate Thompson was issued a pair of two-minute penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, resulting in a four-minute Sharks power play.

Providence successfully killed the penalties, and only 10 seconds after they expired, Alexandre Imbeault tied the game at 11:14 with his third goal of the season and second against the Sharks.

Just 34 seconds after that goal, Bruins defenseman Matt Hendricks scored his 14th of the campaign, putting his team on top for good.

Rabbit added an insurance marker at 15:24 and completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 19:38.

Providence goaltender Jordan Sigalet picked up the win with 23 saves, improving his season record to 6-2-0.

It marked the second time in less than 24 hours that the Bruins rallied from a third-period deficit to win. On Saturday, Providence dropped Portland by a 4-3 final on the road despite entering the third stanza down 3-2.