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Providence Bruins Defeat Falcons, 4-3

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Springfield, MA – The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 4-3 Friday evening at the MassMutual Center.  The P-Bruins got their goals from Chris Collins, Pascal Pelletier and two goals from Vladimir Sobotka.  The 29-5-2 Atlantic Division leading P-Bruins are back in action Saturday at the DCU Center against the Sharks at 7:05 p.m.  Providence moves 14 points ahead of the second place Hartford Wolf Pack and Portland Pirates.   

After a scoreless opening period, the P-Bruins got on the scoreboard only 23 seconds into the second period.  Nate Thompson took a shot from the blue line and the puck was redirected into the net by Collins, who was in the slot.  At the 4:39 mark, Springfield tied the game at one.  Marc Pouliot tallied his ninth goal of the season with T.J. Kemp and Jean-Francois Jacques recording the assists.  Providence retook the lead at the 8:34 mark, while on the power play.  Brett Skinner worked the puck to Martins Karsums behind the net.  He sent it to Sobotka who skated into the right face off circle and shot the puck past Falcons goaltender Jeff Deslauriers and into the net.  The Falcons once again battled back to tie the game at two.  On their first power play of the game at the 18:14 mark, Craig McDonald scored his ninth goal of the season off a shot from the side of the net.  Viacheslav Trukhno and Stephane Goulet had the assists.  With time running out in the period, the Falcons took their first lead of the game on their second power play goal in as many opportunities.  With 7.1 second left on the game clock, Trukhno scored his fifth goal of the season from the slot with Kemp and Pouliot getting the assists.  The Falcons took their 3-2 lead into the second intermission. 

In the third period the P-Bruins tied the game at three on their second power play goal at the 14:51 mark.  Pelletier passed the puck from behind the net to Sobotka waiting right outside the crease.  He scored his second goal of the evening and tenth on the season with Skinner grabbing his second assist of the night.  Providence took the lead for good at the 16:33 mark of the period, once again on the man-advantage.  Pelletier took a shot from just inside the blue line and with a lot of traffic in front of the goal got past Deslauriers and into the net.  Sobotka picked up the assist for his third point of the evening, while T.J. Trevelyan recorded the second assist.  The P-Bruins held on for the 4-3 victory extending their winning streak to five games.     

Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 27 shots for the P-Bruins, while Deslauriers made 35 saves for the Falcons.  The P-Bruins were 3-for-8 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Atlantic Division-leading P-Bruins return to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for Family Games Friday, January 11 versus the Worcester Sharks at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, January 13 versus the Springfield Falcons at 4:05 p.m.
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