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P-Bruins Fall to Pirates, 4-3

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Portland, ME – The Providence Bruins fell to the Portland Pirates 4-3 in overtime Friday evening at the Cumberland County Civic Center.  The P-Bruins got their goals from Pascal Pelletier, Petteri Nokelainen and Martins Karsums.  The P-Bruins lead the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals 2 game to 1.  The P-Bruins face the Portland Pirates in Game 4 of the Division Finals Sunday at The Cumberland County Civic Center at 4:05 p.m. 

The P-Bruins took the 1-0 advantage at the 4:30 mark of the opening period.  Karsums took a shot on net and Pirates goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin was there to make the save.  The rebound went to Sean Curry at the blue line.  He took a shot and the puck was redirected in front of the crease by Pelletier and into the net.  For Pelletier, it was his fifth goal of the post-season and Providence went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. 

In the second period, the Pirates tied the game at one at the 4:31 mark.  Bobby Ryan netted his second goal of the playoffs, with Brian Salcido recording the lone assist.  Portland took their first lead of the series and game at the 10:19 mark.  Geoff Platt tallied his third goal of the post-season, while Ryan and Stephen Dixon grabbed the assists.  Portland held a 2-1 advantage heading into the second intermission. 

In the third period, the P-Bruins tied the game at two at the 14:14 mark.  T.J. Trevelyan passed the puck to Matt Hunwick and he put a shot on net.  Aubin brushed the puck aside, but it went to Nokelainen in the slot as he scored his third goal of the playoffs.  Providence re-took the lead at the 17:54 mark.  Once again the P-Bruins worked the puck in the zone between Jonathan Sigalet and Matt Lashoff.  The puck came free in the slot and Karsums was there to net his fifth goal of the post-season.  With the goaltender out of the net for the extra attacker, the Pirates tied the game at three with 57 seconds left in regulation.  Ryan tallied his second goal of the game with Drew Miller and Andrew Ebbett getting the assists.

The Pirates scored the game winning goal at the 5:20 mark of overtime.  Brendan Mikkelson netted his first goal of the playoffs with Miller and Aubin grabbing the assists.   

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of 25 shots for the P-Bruins, while Aubin made 26 saves for the Pirates.  The P-Bruins went 0-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

The P-Bruins continue the 2008 Calder Cup playoffs with Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals at The Cumberland County Civic Center Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
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