Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Game Recap 3/27/19

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

Coming into Wednesday’s contest against Wilkes Barre/Scranton, the Bruins hoped to gain momentum from two huge pieces of news. For one, they had the opportunity to break a tie with the Hershey Bears for control of third place in the Atlantic Division. The bigger piece of off-ice news for fans is that Providence came to an agreement on a ten-year affiliation extension for the National Hockey League Boston Bruins. Providence has been the exclusive pipeline team for the Bruins since 1992 and in that time has developed over 200 players who have competed for the big club, including Boston’s head coach Bruce Cassidy. Providence was on the road Wednesday to treat the opposing fans to yet another win as the club continues marching towards their 22nd postseason appearance.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (away)

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First Period:

The Penguins have proved to be a very evenly matched opponent for the Bruins, and Wednesday’s contest started out no different. The game began later than usual due to a power outage in Mohegan Sun Arena, but the situation was remedied without a problem. Off of a great zone entry, Jake Luccini notched the first tally of the game for the Penguins, it was just his second goal of the regular season. In what has become somewhat of a theme for returning players, former Bruin Jimmy Hayes was able to pick up an assist on the goal.

The shots remained even for the two teams through twenty minutes but not without a few extracurricular activities following the whistles. Chris Breen was called for a check to the head in the closing two minutes of the period, leading to a mini-scrum and the Penguins’ first power play of the game. Thankfully they would be unsuccessful as the first twenty minutes ended.

Score: 1-0 Penguins

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Second Period:

With the captain Jordan Szwarz as well as the always aggressive Anton Blidh providing the physicality, Providence was poised to come back in the second period and get the score even. The two teams exchanged power plays around the halfway point of the period, but goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Tristan Jarry made sure none of the shots hit twine. The Bruins picked up the pace in the shot department as well as they held the Penguins to just five in the second period.

Score: 1-0 Penguins

Third Period:

Six and a half minutes through the third period, Wilkes Barre/Scranton was able to get a big insurance goal to double the lead. Penguins center Sam Lafferty kept in a Bruins clearing attempt which led to a great feed from Ryan Haggerty to Sam Miletic for his tenth goal of the season. With that final tally, the Bruins, unfortunately, did not have an answer as the Penguins picked up the victory and Tristan Jarry recorded his first shutout of the season. The win left the Penguins on 76 points, still out of a playoff position and three points behind the Bruins.

Final: 2-0 Penguins

A few post-game notes: Tommy Marchin made his AHL debut with the Bruins and logged some solid ice time, mostly with Providence’s bottom six. Paul Carey was given a two year, two-way contract extension that should see him in Providence for a little while longer. Boston also announced that Karson Kuhlman had been reassigned to Providence which would certainly give the AHL club an offensive boost with Boston mostly in preparation mode for the playoffs. Next up for Providence will be a tilt with the Syracuse Crunch, who have already clinched their spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.

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