Providence, RI - Chris Bourque had a goal and three assists as Providence scored four consecutive goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead after 20 minutes of play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Wilkes-Barre got the scoring started when Warren Peters scored a shorthanded goal from in back of the goal line. He banked the shot in off the back of Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg at the 4:40 mark of the first period.
Providence would even the game at one at the 5:48 mark when it scored the first of two power play goals in the first period. Jamie Tardif poked the puck into the back of the net from the top of the crease after some crisp passing down low between Carter Camper and Bourque.
Providence took the lead at the 11:24 mark when Ryan Spooner finished a terrific transition play. Jamie Tardif received the puck as he was streaking up the left side. With the puck in back of the goal line, he fed it over to Chris Bourque who faked a slap shot before finding a wide-open Spooner to the right of the net.
The Bruins took a two-goal lead at the 17:25 mark when they connected again on the man advantage. Tardif banged home his second goal of the period with assists going to Bourque and Cunningham.
With 28.3 seconds to play in the opening frame, Bourque scored on a one-timer from the right side of the net. Tommy Cross and David Warsofsky assisted on the tally that gave the Bruins a three-goal lead after one period.
The Bruins were outshot 15-13 in the period, but had many more quality scoring chances than their counterparts from Wilkes-Barre. The puck movement and high-end skill of the Bruins has been on full display in the first 80 minutes of the series.