MANCHESTER, NH – Center Patrick O'Sullivan had two goals and one assist to help lead the Manchester Monarchs past the Providence Bruins 4-3, in front a crowd of 6,662 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night taking the 3-2 series lead in the 2007 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Finals. Game six will be at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
COMPLETE CALDER CUP PLAYOFF COVERAGE:
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
The Monarchs jumped out to an early lead scoring 28 seconds into the opening frame. Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky sent a shot from the point on Bruin's netminder Hannu Toivonen. The puck got kicked behind the net where center Marty Murray controlled the puck and passed it in-front of the net. Right wing Tim Jackman jabbed the puck in-between Toivonen's pads. The Bruins tried to stop the disk from crossing the line but instead helped the puck into the net.
Answering right back was the Bruins, led by right wing Jeff Hoggan. Receiving a pass from defenseman Sean Curry, Hoggan carried the puck in strong on the right side of the net against Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera. As Hoggan was moving in on net he released a wrist shot that ricocheted off LaBarbera's arm and into the left corner of the net, tying the score at the 19:05 mark. Center Pascal Pelletier also collected an assist on the tally.
With only one second left in the first period, right wing Nate DiCasmirro gave the Bruins the lead going into the locker room. Center Nate Thompson passed the puck to center Marco Rosa who carried the puck in on LaBarbera's glove side. As Rosa approached the net he passed the puck toward the left goal post where DiCasmirro put the puck in, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
Almost mid-way through the second period the Monarchs tied up the game at two apiece. Center Patrick O'Sullivan skated out to the face-off circle and looked to dump the puck into the Bruins zone. O'Sullivan tried to dump the puck from center ice but the attempt was tipped by a Bruins defenseman sending the puck fluttering in over the right shoulder of Toivonen. The goal was O'Sullivan's sixth of the playoffs that occurred at the 13:40 mark of the middle frame. Collecting the assists for the Monarchs was left wing Noah Clarke and Tverdovsky.
With both teams down to four players, Murray blazed toward the right goal post and put away a one timer past Toivonen at the 4:56 mark of the third period. O'Sullivan dumped the puck into the right boards of the Bruins zone. Defenseman Peter Harrold took control of the puck and sent a laser beam pass to Murray who was pressuring the net. Murray scored his sixth goal of the playoffs putting the Monarchs up 3-2.
With LaBarbera pulled from the net due to a delayed penalty call and an extra man on the ice the Monarchs increased their lead to two. Left wing Jeff Giuliano fought for the puck in the right corner before passing the biscuit across the ice to defenseman Doug Nolan. Stationed at the left boards the defenseman found O'Sullivan hustling to the blue line. Gunning a slap shot, O'Sullivan beat Toivonen for the second time during the game. The goal came with 10:12 left in the final stanza with a score of 4-2.
With time ticking down the Bruins make one final push to tie the game. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, left wing T.J. Trevelyan took the initial shot on LaBarbera. The puck bounced of the goalie's pads to the stick of defenseman Ben Walter. Seeing no opening Walter passed the puck over to center David Krejci who slid the puck over the goal line to bring the score to 4-3.
LaBarbera earned the victory stopping 29-of-32 shots. Toivonen took the loss with 27 saves.
Manchester went 0-for-7 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-9 playing with the man advantage.