Penguins force game 7 with gutsy OT win over Providence Gaem 7 tonight in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen made 46 saves – including 20 in the third period – as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stunned the Providence Bruins with a 2-1 overtime win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Penguins become the fourth team in AHL history to force a Game 7 after losing the first three games of a series.

The game’s first goal did not come until the 1:03 mark of the second period when the Bruins caught the Penguins in a line change and Craig Cunningham broke in alone for a flick shot past the blocker of Thiessen.

Five minutes later, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to knot the score, 1-1, with two Bruins in the penalty box. Brian Dumoulin picked the top right corner of the net with a wrister from the high slot for his second power play goal in as many games.3106__calder_cup_playoffs-primary-2013

For the remainder of regulation, the Bruins controlled the play in all three zones, outshooting the Penguins by a combined 33-5 margin over the second and third periods. Thiessen was miraculous in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in sending the game to overtime.

In the fourth period, the Penguins had the early jump and soon netted the game-winner at 3:26. Defenseman Alex Grant kept the puck in Bruins zone at the far side point and threw a shot that went wide of goalie Niklas Svedberg before coming to a stop behind the net. Trevor Smith swooped in to snag the loose puck and wrapped it inside the left post to send the series to a seventh game.

Thiessen’s 46 saves were the most for a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie in the postseason since Nolan Schaefer made 50 saves on May 4, 2007. Svedberg stopped 16-of-18 for Providence.

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