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.
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.