PROVIDENCE, RI – Patrick Traverse scored first but the Bruins scored three times in the 2nd period as the Sharks dropped Game 5 by the score of 4-3 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Monday night. The Sharks now trail the best of seven series 3-2.
The best of seven series continues at the DCU Center as Game 6 will be played on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:05 p.m.
The Sharks would have three consecutive power plays to open the first period and would strike on their third. Patrick Traverse went top shelf firing the puck from 40 feet after a nice feed from Dan DaSilva to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 19:22.
Fireworks would end the first period after a scrum developed in front of the Worcester bench that saw Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy and Sharks assistant coach David Cunniff in a shouting match. The Sharks led 1-0 after twenty minutes outshooting the Bruins 12-9.
The Bruins would score three unanswered goals in the second period. Martin St. Pierre scored on his own rebound at 3:07 to tie the score at 1-1.
Brad Marchand would connect on the power play at 10:55 and then race over to the red line and taunt the Sharks bench. Jeremy Reich would finish the scoring in the second period banging in a centering feed from the right wing past Thomas Greiss
The Bruins outshot the Sharks 19-7 in the middle period as the Sharks trailed 3-1 after forty minutes.
After the Sharks hit the cross bar on two occasions, Jamie McGinn connected on the power play for his 4th goal of the series at 10:28 to get the Sharks within a goal.
The Bruins got the goal right back just :14 seconds later as Levi Nelson scored on a rebound in front of Greiss at 10:42. Riley Armstrong scored with the extra attacker at 17:48 but the Sharks couldn’t find the equalizer dropping Game 6 by the score of 4-3.
NOTES: Three Stars: (3) Nelson (GWG) (2) DaSilva (2 assists) (1) Reich (Goal) …Attendance was announced 3,036… Thomas Greiss
made 29 saves in net for Worcester… Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in net for Providence … The Sharks went 2/5 on the power play while the Bruins went 1/4… Thomas Greiss
made his 27h straight start in net. Tuukka Rask received a minor penalty for roughing after an altercation with Frazer McLaren in the third period.
The Sharks head to Providence for Game 5 on Monday, May 11 for a 7:05 p.m. opening faceoff. Worcester returns home for Game 6 on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.