Chirps from Center Ice

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What Can You Do In .6 Seconds? — Pens LOSE 3-2 (OT) — (Series Tied 2-2)

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The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins were .6 seconds away from a 2-1 win in Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead.

Instead, Ryan Spooner’s Hail Mary shot from the top of the far circle goes in and beats Penguins goaltender Peter Mannino. Review confirms the call and it’s a tie game.

Then in overtime, Cory Kane’s shot at 6:31 of overtime goes past Peter Mannino and instead of a 3-1 series deficit, the Providence Bruins win the game 3-2 in overtime and even the series at two games apiece.

Game 5 is tomorrow night in Providence, Game 6 is Monday in Wilkes-Barre.

Peter Mannino vs. Malcolm Subban. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy seemingly unhappy with the goaltending of Niklas Svedberg after giving up four unanswered goals in Game 3, goes to Subban.

Lineup Notes: Brian Gibbons and Scott Harrington were both in for Spencer Machacek and Harrison Ruopp respectively. Matt Fraser for Providence was not sent back by Boston as he is having his foot operated on after blocking a shot in the Springfield series. Tommy Cross was in for Zach Trotman, who blocked a shot with his hand in Game 4.

First Period: Bruins score first on a failed clear by the Penguins. Seth Griffith shoots from the point through a screen and it’s 1-0 Bruins. The Penguins only managed five shots at Subban, who appeared shaky in the period with the rubber thrown his way, to say the least.

Second Period: Subban settled in, and the Penguins through the kitchen sink at him. A grand sum total to 18 shots, but one beat him, a low wrister from Reid McNeill from the blue line for McNeill’s first AHL playoff goal. Penguins buzzed and buzzed, but Subban held them at bay, only giving up that long shot from McNeill from the point.

Third Period: No penalties to this point, until :42 in and Chuck Kobasew is whistled for tripping. Bruins power play. Providence tried really hard to get the goal ahead goal but couldn’t In a scrum near Mannino a Penguins covered his hand on the puck in the crease and the Bruins were awarded a penalty shot. Nick Johnson took it but Peter Mannino stopped it. Then, Conor Sheary skated up the right slot and shot a puck past Subban for a 2-1 Penguins lead.

The Pens appeared to score again but Chuck Kobasew was called for interference on Subban and the Pens headed to a penalty kill instead of a 3-1 lead.

They’d kill it and get their first power play of the game, late.

They’d kill the penalty and with :35 left, Cassidy called his time out.

Bruins score at the buzzer. Literally. Ryan Spooner. .6 left.

Overtime: Bombulie and Michael Cignoli talked about momentum in their podcast this week. Scoring with .6 left if you are Providence? That’s all the momentum you need.

Cory Kane is the only player on the ice at the time that sees a loose puck, and jams it in past Mannino. Mannino thought he had it covered, then thought his pad was pushed in, but this look here shows that Kane got it over clean. Focus on Mannino’s left pad.

Many thanks to @myregularface for the GIFs of the goals.

Three Stars: 3) Simon Despres (no points, no idea, I think they meant Conor Sheary who had a goal) 2) Ryan Spooner (goal, assist, +1) 1) Cory Kane (overtime game winning goal, +1)

Game 5 goes tomorrow at 7:05.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference: The St. John’s IceCaps are onto the next round with a 5-2 win in Game 6 over the Norfolk Admirals. They await the winner of the Penguins – Providence series.

SendToNews Highlights: Just check out the links to Steph’s GIF’s. Providence must have lost their SendToNews login information.

Gameday for Game 5 will go tomorrow here on the blog at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!!!

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