PROVIDENCE, RI – Center Marty Murray's two assists and goaltender Jason LaBarbera's 27 save effort lifted the Manchester Monarchs past the Providence Bruins 2-1 to win the 2007 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Championship Series four games to two in front of 3,109 fans at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Monday night. The Monarchs will face the Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference Finals with game one on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Giants Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
COMPLETE CALDER CUP PLAYOFF COVERAGE:
O'SULLIVAN LEADS MANCHESTER TO 4-3 WIN
MONARCHS TIE ATLANTIC DIVISION FINALS AT TWO
LATE GOAL DOWNS MONARCHS
MONARCHS EVEN SERIES ONE
MONARCHS DROP GAME ONE
BOYLE'S DOUBLE OT GAME WINNER MAKES MONARCHS' HISTORY
MONARCHS CAN'T FEND OFF SHARKS
SHARKS SPOIL MONARCHS' SWEEP
MONARCHS WITHIN ONE WIN OF ADVANCING TO SECOND ROUND
ZEILER NETS DOUBLE OT WINNER FOR 2-0 SERIES LEAD
MONARCHS HOOK SHARKS FOR 1-0 SERIES LEAD
An intense first period ended with a goal for each team. The Monarchs struck first with a power play goal at 7:29 of the opening frame. Six seconds after the puck dropped following the penalty box door closing on Bruins defenseman Dwayne Zinger, Monarchs center Brian Boyle stuffed in his third playoff goal. Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky sent a tape-to-tape pass from the right point to Murray at the right post. Murray controlled the puck and found Boyle standing at the top of the crease for the one-timer that slipped between goaltender Hannu Toivonen's legs.
Providence answered back at 10:20 of the first period with a wrist shot by right wing Jeff Hoggan. Center David Krejci skated into the Monarchs zone on a two-on-one with Hoggan as defenseman Brendan Buckley was the lone Manchester player back. Krejci slid the puck over to Hoggan in the left face-off circle. The winger flipped a shot past LaBarbera to even to score at 1-1. Defenseman Sean Curry earned an assist on the tying goal.
Right wing Tim Jackman gave the Monarchs the lead once again at 6:09 of the second period. Buckley carried the puck deep into the Bruins zone and around the net. The veteran defenseman then gave the puck to Murray stationed behind the cage. Murray patiently waited for a Monarchs player to get open and then found Jackman at the right doorstep. Jackman fired the one-timer into the left corner of the net to give Manchester the 2-1 lead.
Center Patrick O'Sullivan nearly had his eighth goal of the season at 9:12 of the middle frame when he flipped a backhander at Toivonen from the slot. The puck flew in the air and landed on the goal line. Toivonen quickly covered up the puck for the save.
LaBarbera earned the win stopping 27 shots. Toivonen took the loss with 25 saves.
Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Manchester Monarchs will face-off against the Hershey Bears in the 2007 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals in a best-of-seven series with game one on Saturday, May 19 at the Giant Center at 7:30 p.m.
Round 3 Dates And Times
Game 1 Saturday, May 19 @ Hershey 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 Sunday, May 20 @ Hershey 6:00 p.m.
Game 3 (J) Wednesday, May 23 @ Manchester 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 (K) Saturday, May 26 @ Manchester 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 (L) Sunday, May 27 @ Manchester 6:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 Wednesday, May 30 @ Hershey 7:00 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 Thursday, May 31 @ Hershey 7:00 p.m. (if necessary)