Kalman’s Live Blog: Hershey at Providence, Game 3

providence_hershey_genericFinal score: Hershey 6, Providence 4.

So now the Providence Bruins have to figure out what they did right in tonight’s first period and come up with a way to do it for a full 60 minutes, as they squander leads of 3-0 and 4-2 en route to falling behind two games to one in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals series with Hershey. Game 4 is Sunday night back here at “The Dunk” and I’ll be live blogging the action again.

I’ll have complete postgame reaction/analysis in a bit.

19:25: Exactly what Providence didn’t want to see — the Hershey power play is kicking into gear. Helmer slaps one past Rask from the right point, and it’ll be back to the drawing board for the P-Bruins before Game 4. Hershey 6, Providence 4.

18:43: St. Pierre lost the draw, Hershey cleared the puck and then drew a penalty. Marchand goes off for high sticking and a large chunk of this crowd heads for the exit.

18:20: Hershey ices the puck. Huge opportunity for Providence here.

17:15: The veteran Aucoin levels the rookie Arniel in front of the Hershey net. That’s poise under pressure.

16:45: A team in black and gold struggling to get out of its own end. Help me, I’m having flashbacks.

15:40: Hershey has completely taken the crowd out of this game as much as they’ve knocked the P-Bruins’ game out of whack.

13:58: And now we’ll see how Providence responds to real adversity, as Mink tips home Helmer’s shot from the left point and then jumps up and down in joy because his team has its first lead of the night. Hershey 5, Providence 4.

12:04: Neuvirth flashes a steady glove there to deny MacDonald on the end of a 3-0n-2.

10:18: You wonder how much the Bears’ experience advantage is going to be a factor down the stretch here. I think it already had an impact on the Bears making this comeback in the first place.

6:52: More sloppy play in the neutral zone by Providence, and this time it costs the P-Bruins. Giroux, maybe the most dangerous scorer in the league, cashes in on a breakaway after the Providence breakdown and we have a brand-new hockey game. Providence 4, Hershey 4

5:28: Sobotka barely stepped foot back on the ice before the Bears cashed in on a feed from Kyle Wilson to Gordon in front for a score voer Rask’s shoulder. Now it’s a nail-biter again. Providence 4, Hershey 3.

3:26: Bad play by Sobotka to knock down a Bears player with the puck 10 feet away. So after the interference call Hershey goes back on the power play.

0:38: I don’t know what’s more lethal, Boychuk’s slapper or Penner’s wrister. The Bears took the shot away from Boychuk, so he shoveled the puck to Penner, who held and then snapped one over the stick side high for his second goal of the game. Providence 4, Hershey 2.

Third period

Second intermission stats update: Brad Marchand leads Providence with four shots on net.

Second intermission observation: It’s the old bugaboo every team faces — Providence has to slow down Hershey in the neutral zone because that’s how the Bears get set up and get chances is by breaking into the zone with speed. We’ll see what adjustments the P-Bruins make, but really it’s more about execution than the actual plan.

20:00: Terrible job with the man-advantage for the P-Bruins as the period came to a close. They’ll have 1:08 of power-play time when the third stanza starts. At the end of two period its’ Providence 3, Hershey 2.

19:07: Now here’s a chance for Providence to take some momentum back, as Keith Aucoin gets caught slashing and the P-Bruins go on the power play.

18:40: Collins just took a teammate’s shot off his ankle and he goes straight to the dressing room.

18:04: Providence is spending way too much time chasing the puck in its own end and not bearing down on those clearing chances.

16:42: Hamill just tried a Marc Savard special with a pass to the middle to no one in particular. The Bears moves the puck the other way and Rask makes a save on a slap shot by Helmer.

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