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CONFERENCE QUARTERFINAL GAME 3 PREVIEW: BRUINS at BEARS


05/04/2013 -


TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINAL - GAME THREE
PROVIDENCE BRUINS at HERSHEY BEARS
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Terry Koharski (#10) and Dave Lewis (#46)
LINESMEN: Tom George (#61) & Bob Goodman (#90)

BEARS vs. BRUINS:  The Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the HERSHEY BEARS and host Providence Bruins continues today from GIANT Center following a six-day hiatus.  The Bears lead the series two games to none.  Providence is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
 
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS (2-0):
 

Fri. April 26, 2013, 7:05 PM @Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center 5-2 W
Sun. April 28, 2013, 3:05 PM @Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center 5-4 W (OT)
Sat. May 4, 2013, 7:00 PM PROVIDENCE GIANT Center  
Sun. May 5, 2013, 5:00 PM* PROVIDENCE GIANT Center  
Wed. May 8, 2013, 7:05 PM* @Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center  
*If Necessary
 
IN THE REGULAR SEASON:  Hershey and Providence met twice in the regular season in a series which did not start until March 30.  Over the first five months of the campaign, the Bruins and Portland Pirates were in a battle for the Atlantic Division lead.  Over roughly the last 10 weeks, however, Providence vaulted to the top.  The league leaders came into GIANT Center on March 30, and after taking a 2-0 lead in the second period, the Bears fought back to claim a 3-2 victory.  That was the last loss in the regular season that Providence suffered, as the Bruins finished 2012-2013 by winning nine straight games – including a 3-2 win over Hershey on April 12.
 
 
PLAYOFF HISTORY:  The Bears and Bruins last met in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.  After defeating the Philadelphia Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Bears went on to prevail in the conference final series four games to one, while outscoring the Bruins by a margin of 18-12.  The Bears’ 10th Calder Cup title followed, with a four games to two series win over the Manitoba Moose.  35 years earlier was the last time that the Bears faced a Providence franchise in the postseason.  The end result was also a Calder Cup championship.  The Bears defeated the Cincinnati Swords, Baltimore Clippers and Providence Reds to claim the 1974 overall title.
 
GAME TWO RECAP:  The Bears were prepared for an all-out charge by the Bruins on Sunday, but after one day’s rest, it was again the Bears who jumped out to the early lead.  Julien Brouillette made a great play in the defensive zone by absorbing a hit and simultaneously getting the puck up ice to Peter LeBlanc.  Last weekend’s leading scorer then stopped at the offensive blue line and fed Ryan Stoa for a breakaway, and Stoa made it count by beating Niklas Svedberg 3:14 into the game.  Graham Mink then found a rebound and launched over Philipp Grubauer, tying the game at the 9:05 mark.  But penalties again troubled the Bruins, and Nicolas Deschamps made the hosts pay by deflecting a shot from Nate Schmidt through Svedberg’s pads at 14:56, on the first of four Hershey power play chances.  Despite being outshot 25-8 in the period, the Bears had the lead.  But just 1:09 into the second, Carter Camper had a puck deflect off of him and past Grubauer to knot the score.  Following a defensive-zone giveaway, the Bears again cashed in to take the lead when Garrett Mitchell buried his first of the postseason at 10:33.  Former Bears forward Chris Bourque would then launch a long-range slapper past Grubauer to once again knot the score.  It took nearly six periods, but Providence finally grabbed their first lead of the series at 13:18 of the third, when Mink tipped a pass from Camper into the net on a power play.  The Bears would pull Grubauer for a sixth attacker, and the move paid dividends when Joey Crabb slammed home a pass from Jeff Taffe with 1:29 left to play.  Early in overtime, another high-sticking minor to Providence allowed the Bears to claim victory.  Jon DiSalvatore one-timed a pass from LeBlanc into the back of the net 3:05 into the extra session to give the Bears a lead of two games to none in the series.
 
FINAL EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS:
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. xyz-Providence 76 50 21 0 5 105 .691 222 183
2. xy-Springfield 76 45 22 5 4 99 .651 235 186
3. xy-Syracuse 76 43 22 6 5 97 .638 247 201
4. x-Binghamton 76 44 24 1 7 96 .632 227 188
5. x-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 76 42 30 2 2 88 .579 185 178
6. x-Portland 76 41 30 3 2 87 .572 230 233
7. x-Manchester 76 37 32 3 4 81 .533 219 209
8. x-HERSHEY 76 36 31 3 6 81 .533 204 196
9. Connecticut 76 35 32 6 3 79 .520 213 222
10. Norfolk 76 37 34 4 1 79 .520 188 207
11. Bridgeport 76 32 32 7 5 76 .500 218 242
12. Albany 76 31 32 1 12 75 .493 193 225
13. Worcester 76 31 34 4 7 73 .480 191 228
14. St. John’s 76 32 36 3 5 72 .474 195 237
15. Adirondack 76 31 38 3 4 69 .454 187 223
x-Clinched Playoff Berth         y-Clinched Division Title         z-Clinched Conference Title
 
SAL STRIKES:  RW Jon DiSalvatore finished the regular season on a four-game point streak, and extended the streak to six games (4-4-8) by posting one goal in each of the Bears’ first two postseason contests.  DiSalvatore – who led the Bears with nine power play goals in 2012-13 – registered both of his lamp-lighters on the man advantage and finds himself tied for the AHL postseason lead in the category.  Additionally, the goals were both game-winning tallies, a statistic in which DiSalvatore is also tied for the league lead.  He scored the third goal in the team’s 5-2 victory in Game One on Friday, and the overtime winner in Sunday’s 5-4 decision.
 
LeLEADER:  C Peter LeBlanc is off to quite a start in the postseason, as he enters the second week near the top of several statistical categories.  He is tied for the lead in power-play assists (three) and power-play points (three), he ranks tied for second in assists (five) and tied for eighth in overall scoring (0-5-5). 
 
PEPPERED BUT PATIENT:  G Philipp Grubauer got into his groove right away in the postseason and earned his first two career AHL playoff victories.  Grubauer stopped 31 of 33 shots in Friday’s Game One, and an incredible 54 of 58 shots – all in regulation – in Sunday’s Game Two.  By a long shot, Grubauer’s 54 saves are the most by any team’s goaltender in the postseason, and would have been the highest save total in the regular season as well (Chicago, 51, April 12).  Not surprisingly, the goaltender led the postseason in saves (85) after the first weekend of play.  Grubauer ranks ninth in save percentage (.939), is tied for fourth in wins (two) and ranks 13th in goals-against average (2.93).
 
JOEY ON THE SPOT:  RW Joey Crabb scored his two postseason goals at key times.  He opened the scoring in Friday’s win, and scored the game-tying goal on Sunday with just 1:29 left to play in regulation.  In 14 games played with Hershey, since he cleared waivers to join the team on March 23, Crabb has 14 points (8-6-14).
 
DMITRY LEADS D:  D Dmitry Orlov enters the week tied for third in scoring among AHL defensemen, recording (1-2-3) in the Bears’ opening two games.
 
SPECIAL WINS:  The Bears maintained a 50% power play success rate by scoring twice on four opportunities on Sunday.  Overall, the Bears have scored a league-leading five power play goals on 10 chances.  Only allowing one power play goal on seven chances against, the Bears have the fourth-best road penalty kill (6-for-7, 85.7%).  The team also ranks tied for the league lead with one shorthanded marker, which was Michael Latta’s tally that capped off the Bears’ victory in Game One.
 
WELCOME TO HERSHEY:  Following the completion of the Plymouth Whalers’ run to the OHL Western Conference finals, forward Tom Wilson and defenseman Connor Carrick joined the Bears this week.  Wilson, Washington’s first-round (16th overall) selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is expected to make his AHL debut at some point during the postseason. 
 
BEARS vs. BRUINS – POSTSEASON TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Providence
Games Played SEVERAL TIED (2) SEVERAL TIED (2)
Goals Joey Crabb, Jon DiSalvatore (2) Graham Mink (2)
Assists Peter LeBlanc (5) Carter Camper, Jordan Caron (2)
Points Peter LeBlanc (5) Carter Camper (3)
PIMs Patrick Wellar (5) Garnet Exelby (8)
Plus/Minus P. LeBlanc, M. Pope, R. Stoa (+2) Jordan Caron (+3)
Power-Play Goals Jon DiSalvatore (2) Graham Mink (1)
Shorthanded Goals Michael Latta (1) -----
Game-Winning Goals Jon DiSalvatore (2) -----
Wins Philipp Grubauer (2) -----
Goals-Against Average Philipp Grubauer (2.93) Niklas Svedberg (5.84)
Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer (.934) Michael Hutchinson (1.000)
 
BEARS vs. BRUINS – POSTSEASON SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Providence
Power Play 5-for-10 (50.0%) – 1st in AHL 1-for-7 (14.3%) – T-10th in AHL
Penalty Kill 6-for-7 (85.7%) – T-6th in AHL 5-for-10 (50.0%) – 16th in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:             
4/30/13 ADD D Connor Carrick Signed to ATO
4/30/13 ADD RW Tom Wilson Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Plymouth (OHL)
 
BRUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
4/26/13 ADD D Matt Bartkowski Returned on loan from Boston (NHL)

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