P-Bruins Defeat Devils 6-5 in a Shootout
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Lowell Devils 6-5 in a shootout Wednesday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins got their regulation goals from Pascal Pelletier, Matt Lashoff, Byron Bitz, Nate Thompson and Sean Curry. In the shootout David Krejci, Brett Skinner and Matt Hendricks each scored. The 20-4-2 Atlantic Division leading P-Bruins are back in action Friday at The Dunk to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. Providence moves four points ahead of the second place Hartford Wolf Pack with two games in hand.
In the opening period, Providence began the scoring at the 7:45 mark of the opening period. From the left side of the net David Krejci passed the puck to Lashoff at the blue line. He sent it to Pelletier at the right face off circle. Pelletier shot the puck into the net past Devils net minder Jordan Parise to give the P-Bruins a 1-0 advantage. The P-Bruins extended their lead at the 10:25 mark. Wacey Rabbit won the face off in the Devils zone and sent the puck to the left point for Curry. He shuffled it to Lashoff at the blue line. Lashoff shot the puck into the net past the left side of Parise. Lowell cut the deficit in half just over a minute later at the 11:27 mark. Jason Ryznar tallied his third goal of the season with Pierre-Luc Leblond and Petr Vrana recording the assists. The P-Bruins went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.
In the second period, the P-Bruins took a 3-1 lead at the 9:32 mark. Rabbit held the puck in the corner and sent it to Bitz, who was behind the net. He took a wrap around shot that was saved, but ended up scoring off the rebound. At the 12:08 mark, Lowell pulled back within a goal. Ryan Murphy scored his second goal of the season with Rosario Ruggeri and Patrick Davis grabbing the assists. The Devils tied the game at three at the 15:37 mark, while on the power play. Davis scored with Olli Malmivaara and Ruggeri getting the assists. The game went into the second intermission tied at three.
Providence retook the lead at the 3:15 mark of the third period. Jonathan Sigalet held the puck at the left point and passed it cross-ice to Skinner. He found Thompson at the right face off circle. Thompson scored for his fifth goal of the season. Once again the Devils came back to tie the game at four. Barry Tallackson scored his seventh goal of the season, unassisted at the 7:36 mark. While on the power play at the 14:12 mark the P-Bruins took a 5-4 advantage. Lashoff held the puck at the blue line and passed it to Pelletier along the right boards. He shot the puck and Curry tipped it into the net. With time running out in regulation Tallackson scored his second goal of the night at the 17:59 mark to tie the game at five. Olivier Magnan-Grenier and Richard Matvichuk recorded the assist, sending the game into overtime.
After a scoreless overtime the game went into a shootout, where the first three shooters for the P-Bruins, Krejci, Skinner and Hendricks each scored. P-Bruins goaltender Andy Franck stopped the three shooters he faced as Providence went on to the 6-5 shootout victory.
Franck stopped 22 of 27 shots for the P-Bruins, while Parise made 38 saves for the Devils. The P-Bruins were 2-for-8 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The Atlantic Division-leading P-Bruins wrap up their then game home stand with a game Friday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. The P-Bruins also have a home game Sunday versus the Houston Aeros for Pascal Pelletier poster night at 4:05 p.m. Information on P-Bruins individual tickets for the 2007-08 regular season can be obtained by calling the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging onto the team website at www.providencebruins.com.
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