No late game heroics this time.
With 1:07 left in the third period, Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to pull starting goaltender Malcolm Subban in favor of an extra attacker.
The Providence Bruins manage to pump three hard shots towards starting goaltender Peter Mannino.
They were all blocked. There would be no late second heroics this time. Not today.
The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are coming home for Game 6 up 3-2 in the best of seven series with a chance to close out the Bruins Monday night after defeating the Providence Bruins 3-2.
Peter Mannino vs. Malcolm Subban.
Lineup Notes: Lots for Wilkes-Barre. Dominik Uher, Bobby Farnham and Nick Drazenovic all out for the Pens while Spencer Machacek, Josh Archibald and Mike Carman were in for the Penguins. For the Providence Bruins, they dressed 11 forwards and 7 defensemen tonight as Justin Florek was out with an upper body injury.
First Period: Penguins had two power play chances, but failed to score on them. Providence was awarded a power play and Ryan Spooner scored from the same spot he did with .6 second left in the third period yesterday. It would turn out that Craig Cunningham got a stick on the puck on the way in.
Then the Penguins got two goals in the span of 1:47.
The first one was a Spencer Machacek setup to Harry Zolnierczyk on the far post to even the game at 1-1.
Conor Sheary had a two-on-one opportunity with Jayson Megna. Sheary has been the best player of the series. He showed some chemistry with Megna but Megna lacked finish. The Pens would go back on the power play.
:05 later. Josh Archibald would cash in on a rebound to put the Pens up 2-1.
Second Period: P-Bruins outshoot the Pens 14-5 and Tyler Randell snakes around a fallen Mannino to tie the game at two.
Third Period: Penguins opened with some jump in the opening. Subban was facing a large number of shots. Penguins would go on the power play but Providence got all the chances shorthanded.
Later, Jayson Megna cuts to the net and Anton Zlobin puts the puck in for a 3-2 Penguins lead.
Penguins would go back on the penalty kill. During the power play that ensued for the Bruins, ex-Penguin Joe Morrow was hit hard and left the ice. The Bruins have been decimated by injury this series. Losing Morrow, one of their better defensemen would hurt them.
Penguins would get the kill, ice it, Subban would be pulled for the extra attacker and the Bruins would never find the equalizer.
From the AHL’s “Morning Skate” from earlier, the team that wins Game 5 in the best-of-seven series goes on to win the series 80.8% of the time.
Three Stars: 3) Tyler Randell (goal, +1) 2) Anton Zlobin (goal, +1) and 1) Peter Mannino (31 saves on 33 shots)
Game 6 goes Monday night from Wilkes-Barre with a chance for the Penguins to close it out.
I’ll probably have my “soon to be famous” chart refresh later Sunday afternoon / evening. Check me out then.
Let’s Go Pens!!