Last night the Providence Bruins fought to stay alive in the Calder Cup playoffs as they took on the Springfield Falcons in a do or die game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Despite having Niklas Svedberg between the pipes for the first three games of the series, coach Bruce Cassidy decided to shake things up a bit and try Malcolm Subban in net for game four. Subban made 31 saves on the night and helped bring the baby Bruins to their 6-3 victory.
“It was just a decision a coach makes sometimes to maybe change the way the other team thinks and maybe change our team’s mindset a little bit,” Cassidy told Providence Journal writer Mark Divver.
The Bruins got onto the scoreboard first at 7:04 when Craig Cunningham found a way to beat Mike McKenna for his first goal of the playoffs. Fortunately for Providence, the scoring didn’t stop there. In fact they were able to continuously generate offense throughout the entire sixty minutes.
Within the opening minutes of the third frame the Bruins had extended their lead to 5-2, seconds after McKenna froze a 3-on-0 play with Fraser trying to score. Unfortunately for McKenna, the play would be his last save of the game as he was pulled from the net and Anton Forsberg got in stance.
Alex Khokhlachev sealed the deal for Providence as he netted the only goal against the Falcon netminder, notching his first ever career playoff goal. While the Falcons attempted to claw their way back by scoring one more goal in the third period, the deficit was too much to handle and the Bruins stayed alive to head back to Springfield for game 5 on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00PM.
It’s another do-or-die situation for the Bruins and they’re going to have to stay on their A-game if they intend to advance to the Eastern Conference semi-finals. They will need a balanced offensive attack and sound defensive game in order to come up victorious against what is sure to be a surging Springfield team. The stakes are as high as they are going to get, can the Bruins rise to the challenge?