Lines and pairings thanks to Tony Androckitis from Highland Park Hockey.com
Jake Guentzel scores from Will O'Neill and Carter Rowney
Not much here, Guentzel just tips the point shot from O'Neill that went through a bunch of traffic in front, and then Smith.
Dustin Jeffrey from Kael Mouillierat and Tom Sestito
Chris Breen gets stripped behind the net, and Jeffrey squeaked one past Smith's shoulder. Brutal goal to give up just 18 seconds into the second period.
Seth Griffith from Max Talbot and Brian Ferlin
A great play by Ferlin at the blueline in catching the pass, staying on sides, and then distributing the puck to Seth Griffith, who executes a give and go with Max Talbot and fires the puck into the open net to get the P Bruins on the scoreboard.
Jeffrey gets his stick up on Frank Vatrano
The Penguins made it a point to target both Vatrano and Khokhlachev (with good reason, as they both finished top 5 in AHL scoring this year). Vatrano would go down, but did not miss a shift, helped by the intermission to patch up any damage that was done.
Steve Oleksy fires a shot on Smith after the end of the second period
Just seconds after Jeffrey high sticks Vatrano, Oleksy hears the whistle, but still takes a shot on Smith, which the Bruins were not pleased about. There were no penalties on either play.
Colby Cave (SH) from Noel Acciari and Jeremy Smith
With the Bruins looking for a spark down 2 - 1, Colby Cave provided it with the nice shot on the 2 on 1, with Brett Bellemore providing support. Acciari made a great play to get the puck to Cave out on the blue line.
Carter Rowney from Tom Kostopoulos and Jake Guentzel
69 seconds into overtime, Casto and Breen cant communicate clearly and fail to clear the zone, leading to a quick cycle from the forward trio of Carter Rowney, Tom Kostopoulos, and Jake Guentzel, finishing with Rowney putting the puck past Smith from the slot uncovered. Not Providence's best look defensively.
Soft goals, especially the one by Dustin Jeffrey doomed the Providence Bruins. Frank Vatrano led all skaters with 6 shots on net, but he drops below a goal a game for the first time this year in the AHL. The P Bruins outshot the Penguins 33 to 27, although they were playing behind or tied for the entire game, which is not the best way to win games. Two goals quick after the start of periods were also an issue. Luckily, the Bruins have a quick turnaround, and play again tomorrow night before taking a day off and heading back to Providence to finish the series.