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Wolf Pack, Bulldogs grab 3-2 series leads

HARTFORD 1, PROVIDENCE 0
A power-play goal from Nigel Dawes 8:01 into the second period was the only tally of the night as Hartford pushed the P-Bruins to the brink of elimination with a 1-0 win at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Thursday.

Al Montoya was perfect in net, stopping all 26 shots to earn his second career Calder Cup Playoffs shutout and first of this postseason.

Jarkko Immonen and defenseman Corey Potter added assists to Dawes goal as Hartford now takes a 3 games to 2 series lead over Providence, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at the Hartford Civic Center.

Hannu Toivonen stopped 23 of 24 shots in a losing effort for the P-Bruins.


HAMILTON 4, ROCHESTER 2
Danny Groulx scored his first goal as a Bulldog and Eric Manlow notched the game-winning tally in the second period as the Hamilton Bulldogs rebounded from last night’s loss to the Amerks with a 4-2 win over Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.

With the win, Hamilton takes a 3 games to 2 lead and looks to end the Amerks season when they return to Copps Coliseum on Saturday night for Game 6.

Carey Price turned in a solid performance in net, turning away 30 of 32 shots to come within one game of winning his first professional playoff series.

Maxim Lapierre and Corey Locke also provided goals, while Duncan Milroy added two assists for the Bulldogs.

Mark Mancari registered a goal and an assist in the loss for Rochester.