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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Colin Murphy (Photo: Heather Harvey)
PORTLAND, ME - The Portland Pirates have their backs to the wall, falling behind 3-1 to the Providence Bruins in the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Semifinals series after being narrowly defeated, 2-1 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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  Game Highlights

The Pirates opened the scoring at 11:55 of the first period when Mark Mancari scored his first goal of the playoffs. Mancari, rushing down the left side, connected on Marek Zagrapan's cross-ice pass, slamming the puck by Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask.

Portland had a chance to make it 2-0 in the closing minutes of the first period when Colin Murphy was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway by defenseman Adam McQuaid. Murphy failed to get enough on the backhand shot to slip it through the five-hole of Rask.

In the second period, it was scoreless for nearly 18 minutes before the Bruins tied the game, 1-1, at 17:13 of the period off a deflection by Brad Marchand that beat Pirates' goalie Jhonas Enroth by the far post. Johnny Boychuk and Martin St. Pierre were credited with assists on the play.

With 16 seconds left in the second period, a turnover by the Pirates deep in their defensive zone allowed Jeremy Reich to find Kirk MacDonald for the one-timer from inside the left face off circle, giving the Bruins at a 2-1 lead.

The Pirates pulled Enroth with 48 seconds left in the third period for an extra attacker, but despite the pressure from Portland, the Bruins earned the 2-1 win.

Rask made 31 saves for the win. Enroth stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss.
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