Phantoms blow by B’s for Game 3 victory

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Oskar Lindblom scored twice to give Lehigh Valley a 4-1 win over Providence in Game 3 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series on Friday night.

The Phantoms now have a 2-1 series lead and can close out the Bruins with another win in Game 4 on Saturday (7 p.m. ET).

After Philippe Myers opened the scoring for Lehigh Valley 6:05 into the game, Lindblom scored once shorthanded and once on the power play to open up a 3-0 lead.

Austin Czarnik got the Bruins on the board with a power-play marker at 13:42 of the second period, but Mike Vecchione‘s goal with 4:44 left in regulation sealed the win.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 32 of 33 shots in his first appearance of the series to earn his first AHL playoff victory since the Cup-clinching Game 4 of the 2012 Finals with Norfolk.

Jordan Binnington (1-1), the Game 2 winner for Providence, finished with 30 saves in Game 3.

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
A1-Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Lehigh Valley 3, PROVIDENCE 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – PROVIDENCE 5, Lehigh Valley 3 | Recap
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 27 – LEHIGH VALLEY 4, Providence 1
Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
*Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern