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Providence heads to Hershey down 3-2 in series

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / - The Providence Bruins find themselves down 3-2 in their second round series to the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Playoffs. 


They dropped Sunday's Game 5 in overtime, 3-2, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. They also fell in overtime in Game 3. 


The P-Bruins have a knack for bouncing back, and they'll need that to come through, as they now face an elimination game on Tuesday night in Hershey, Pa. 

"It's going to come down to Tuesday, right? Focus on Tuesday. If we get Tuesday, then I certainly think we'll be very confident for Wednesday," said Providence Head Coach Kevin Dean. 


"I think we'll be on the edge of desperation Tuesday, which we should be, and our backs are against the wall and for the most part - it's hard to say you're desperate during the regular season, but we only lost two games in a row I think once after October, maybe November," said Dean. 


"So we've responded well when we've needed to, and we'll put that to the test Tuesday."


In the P-Bruins' first round series against Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, they were down 2-1 in the series, before coming back to win two straight on the road. 


"There's seven games for a reason," said Noel Acciari. "We came out a little sluggish in the first and I think that hurt us, but I think towards the middle of the second and the third, I thought we played our game and it showed."


"We were able to come back, and just came up a little short in overtime, but just got to be able to play three full periods," said Acciari. 


Providence allowed a first period goal for the first time through all 10 playoff games, when Chris Bourque got the Bears on the board for the 1-0 lead.


P-Bruins Captain Tommy Cross made it a 1-1 game in the second period after weaving his way into the zone and firing in a backhander.


Hershey regained its one-goal lead later in the frame, despite only firing two shots on goal in the second period. 


Midway through the third period, Austin Czarnik tied the game at 2-2 when he whipped in a shot from the bottom of the left circle. The goal was assisted by linemates Acciari and Jake DeBrusk. 



Providence once again outshot its opponent - 29-15 through regulation - and the team had a flurry of chances towards the end of the third period, but did not finish the opportunities. 


"It's tough. They have good goaltenders down there, but we need to keep doing our thing, keep putting pucks on net," said Acciari. "In the end, it doesn't matter how many shots you have, as long as you have more goals in the end."


Dean knows what to stress with his team heading into Game 6 on Tuesday night in Hershey (7:05 p.m. ET). 


"We've just got to find our legs like we did in the third," said Dean. "I thought our third was terrific, and that's how we've got to come out of the gate on Tuesday night and just take it one game at a time."


"And that's the oldest cliche in sports, right? Bull Durham. We've got to get Tuesday obviously, but just come out of the gates skating," said Dean. "And we didn't do that, and we gave them momentum in that regard in the first and second period and it took us some time to overcome it in the third. That's the difference."

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