May 27, 2005 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Providence Bruins
Providence, RI -- The Providence Bruins stared elimination in the face on Friday night at the DunkinÂ’ Donuts Center, as they faced off with the Philadelphia Phantoms in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Black and Gold saw a 4-1 third period lead become a 4-4 game, before rallying with two goals in the final 1:10 to skate to a 6-4 victory. The win cut the PhantomsÂ’ series lead to 3-2, and forced a Game 6 in Philadelphia on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. The Bruins are 15-9 all-time when facing elimination in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Providence center Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first period on his fifth goal of the playoffs. With the game tied 1-1 heading into the second period, the Bruins scored three times to take a 4-1 lead after the middle frame. Left wing Andy Hilbert scored his seventh goal of the playoffs on a power play just seven seconds into the period, followed by right wing Colton OrrÂ’s first career playoff goal at 3:18. Rookie defenseman Andrew Alberts scored his first professional goal at 8:55.
The Phantoms scored three times in the third period to tie the game, but Bruin center Brad Boyes notched his eighth playoff goal at 18:50 to break the tie. The goal proved to be his league-leading fourth game-winner. Right wing Pat Leahy sealed the win with an empty net goal at 19:04.
Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 34 saves, and is 10-6 in the Calder Cup Playoffs. He is now tied with PhiladelphiaÂ’s Antero Niittymaki and ChicagoÂ’s Kari Lehtonen for the league lead in wins.
If the Bruins win on Sunday, the deciding Game 7 will be played in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:05 p.m. Coverage for both games can be heard live on WDDZ AM-550 and online at www.providencebruins.com.