Bruins Exact Revenge On Penguins

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last time the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins played before tonight, the Penguins were wrapping up a history making come-from-behind playoff series win with a 5-0 shutout in Game Seven last May. Not sure if the Bruins really kept that last meeting close to heart, but they certainly looked good tonight in a 5-1 win over the Penguins.

The Pens started the game on the penalty kill, with Harry Zolnierczyk in the box 26 seconds into the contest for goaltender interference. They were able to kill it off but Justin Florek made the best of a bouncing puck in front of Jeff Deslauriers to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Bruins enforcer Bobby Robins made it 2-0 Providence later on in the first period after giving Brendan Mikkelson the business behind the net.

It didn't get much better, from a Penguins stand point, in the second period. The Bruins out shot the Pens 13-6 in the scoreless middle frame and went back to work in the third period to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Bruins got two goals 2:22 apart midway through the third to break the game open. Carl Cunningham tallied his 14th of the season on the power play before Zach Trotman finished off ex-WBS forward Nick Johnson to give the Bruins a commanding third period lead.

Zolnierczyk broke the shutout bid of Niklas Svedberg with 7:35 left to play, but it was the Bruins who finalized the scoring moments later to make it a 5-1 final.

The Penguins continue on their current road trip with game two of the six game swing tomorrow night in southern Maine against the Portland Pirates. The Pens then return to Providence on Sunday for a Sunday afternoon rematch with these same Bruins.


Jeff Deslauriers got the start in net, stopping 22 of the 26 shots he faced in 47:52 of work. Eric Hartzell came on in relief for the final 11:37, stopping four of five shots that came his way.

Recently recalled defenseman Nick D'Agostino was a healthy scratch as well as Harrison Ruopp and Denver Manderson. Adam Payerl is still out long term with an upper body injury.


Zolnierczyk - Drazenovic - Kostopoulos
Uher - Carman - Thompson
Kuhnhackl - Torquato - Zlobin
Leblond - Rowney - Farnham

Samuelsson - Despres
Mikkelson - Dumoulin
McNeill - Harrington


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