MANCHESTER, NH ? Goaltender Daniel Taylor stopped 45 shots from the Providence Bruins and three in the shootout as the Manchester Monarchs won, 3-2, in a shootout on Max's 8th birthday in front of 6,814 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday night.
Manchester (27-26-0-5, 59 points) is tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Division with the Worcester Sharks (28-25-1-2, 59 points). Providence (33-21-2-2, 70 points) is in first place in the Atlantic Division.
"We're pleased with the fact we came up with two points tonight," said Head Coach Mark Morris. "The goal in the late going by Providence we brought on ourselves. We're going to have to work on that in order to make a playoff push."
Center Oscar Moller, left wing Vladimir Dravecky and left wing Scott Parse scored on goaltender Tuukka Rask in the shootout. Center Wacey Rabbit was the lone Bruins player to score on Taylor in the shootout.
At the 43:42 mark of the game, Bruins' defenseman Johnny Boychuk put the first goal on the scoreboard. Providence put pressure on the Monarchs in Manchester's zone. The Monarchs attempted to clear but right wing Brad Marchand kept the puck in the zone and found Boychuk at the center point. With traffic in front of Taylor, Boychuk laser beamed a slap shot that took a direct path into the back of the net. Boychuk's 15th goal of the season came at 13:42 of the second period.
With the second period winding down, it looked as though the Bruins would head into intermission with the advantage but the Monarchs reversed their luck and tallied twice to head into the locker room with the 2-1 lead. Right wing Trevor Lewis picked up his 14th goal of the season at 18:33 when he skated down the left wing and snuck a wrist shot inside the left post, beating Rask. Left wing Richard Clune and defenseman Drew Bagnall picked up the assists on the goal that brought the game to 1-1.
Moller scored his second goal of the season with 10.1 seconds remaining on the clock in the second period to put the Monarchs ahead. Veteran center Marty Murray dug the puck out from behind the Bruins net and brought it up the left wing. Murray nudged a pass over to Moller in the left face-off circle for a wrist shot that beat Rask on the blocker side, sneaking inside the left post. Left wing Matt Moulson assisted on the go-ahead goal.
At 18:54 of the final period, center Vladimir Sobotka scored his 13th goal of the season to even the score at 2-2 and push overtime and the shootout. Marchand fought off Monarchs players behind the Monarchs net and swept the puck out in front to Sobotka for the one-timer that beat Taylor of the glove side. Defenseman Matt Hunwick assisted on the tying goal.
"Our players have to understand the magnitude of each point," said Morris.
Taylor (7-2-0) earned his seventh win of the season with 45 saves on 47 shots. Rask (24-17-1) took his first shootout loss of the season with 27 saves.
Manchester went 0?1 on the power play. Providence was 0?1 with the man advantage.