An early goal by Tom Cavanagh and strong goaltending from Thomas Greiss
was all that the Sharks would need as they knotted the Atlantic Division Finals Series at two with a thrilling 1-0 win inside a loud DCU Center on Saturday evening.
Greiss’ shutout was the third of his career, all in his last 11 games. This came after 146 professional appearances without a shutout.
The Sharks found the back of the net on their first shot of the game to take a 1-0 lead only 4:41 into the first period. Breaking into the offensive zone, Cavanagh made a pass to Patrick Traverse on the left wing side. The puck got away, but Traverse corralled it along the boards and gave it back to Cavanagh in the right wing circle, who beat Providence goalie Tuukka Rask high to the glove side. Riley Armstrong was credited with the other assist on the play.
Providence’s best first period chance came when a Martin St. Pierre shot got behind Greiss, but hit the post just over seven minutes into the contest.
Worcester continued to control play in the first, but was unable to beat Rask another time. The Sharks held the 14-2 shot advantage after 20 minutes while hitting two posts of their own.
Action heated up at 12:11 of the second period with a huge scrum, leading to 40 combined minutes of penalties. It all started when Dan DaSilva and Brad Marchand mixed things up. Then, well after the play, Jamie McGinn dropped the gloves against Game 3’s nemesis Vladimir Sobotka. Brett Westgarth and Providence’s Adam McQuaid each received 10 minute misconducts as well.
Greiss stood on his head in the third period, stopping a Providence onslaught dead in its tracks to hold on for the victory. The Bruins outshot the Sharks, 13-3 in the final stanza.
NOTES: Three Stars: (3) Rask (26 saves, 1 GA) (2) Cavanagh (goal) (1) Greiss (26 saves, 0 GA) …Attendance was announced 3,019… Thomas Greiss
made 26 saves in net for Worcester… Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in net for Providence … The Sharks went 0/4 on the power play while the Bruins went 0/5… Thomas Greiss
made his 26h straight start in net.
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.