Something Is "Bruin" - Pens Force Game Six

Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Penguins came out and took Game Five by storm, shutting out the Providence Bruins 4-0 and sending the series back to Providence for a Game Six Monday night.

If one thing can be taken away from tonight's game, it's that the Bruins are starting to show their frustrations. The Bruins crashed Brad Thiessen's crease midway through the third period and Graham Mink ended up on top of Thiessen, throwing punches at the Penguins goaltender. Everyone found a partner in that exchange, which left assistant equipment manager Josh Richards on the ice to sort out all the loose equipment laying scattered in the Penguins end.

The Bruins' frustration was most evident in the third period after Paul Thompson scored to make it 4-0. After Thompson scored and turned his back to celebrate, rookie goaltender Niklas Svedberg took Thompson's legs out from under him, causing the second big scrum of the period.

"The last two nights we have done a good job," Thompson said. "We certainly haven't accomplished anything yet."

Nothing much has changed for the Penguins since Game Three. Their approach is the same. The only real difference is the end results.

"We gave ourselves another chance to play a hockey game," Warren Peters said. "We have to fight to play again and come to the rink the next day. It's all that has been on our minds."

The Penguins took the lead halfway through the first period while on the power play. Brian Gibbons saw Brian Dumoulin cutting to the net and sent a shot on Svedberg. The rebound kicked out to Dumoulin and he finished the play, notching his first AHL playoff goal and giving his team a 1-0 lead.

The power play was at it again about six minutes later when Garnet Exelby broke the top three inches off his stick and was forced to leave it behind. The Penguins attacked Exelby's side and got a puck to Trevor Smith in the slot, who made no mistake picking the top corner and adding to the Penguins lead.

Adam Payerl was rewarded for his hard work the last two nights, adding an insurance goal early on in the 3rd period. His slap shot goal to the top shelf was his first career AHL playoff goal.

The Penguins have sent the series back to Providence for another must-win game on Monday night. The team will have an optional skate tomorrow before hopping on the bus and heading to Rhode Island. I'll be heading to Providence myself Monday to bring you more live road coverage of Penguins hockey in Game Six Monday night.


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