Maine Hockey Journal

P-Bruins gnawing at Pirates

The Providence Bruins have been an unfriendly foe to the Portland Pirates this season as they’ve taken three of the four contests including tonight’s game, overwhelming the Pirates, 3-2 at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

So far this season, every game has been decided by a single goal. The Bruins, currently leading the Atlantic Division, have been a team to seize on opportunities and the Pirates gave them plenty in the first period with four power play chances, being outshot nine-to-three, a season low for the Pirates.

The Pirates weathered the storm in the first period, but T.J. Trevelyan opened scoring for the Bruins while on the power play at 2:39 of the second period.

Trevelyan, at the top of the right circle, fired a slap shot, beating Pirates’ goaltender Mike McKenna.

The Bruins made it 2-0 at 11:45 when a defensive breakdown by the Pirates led to an odd-man rush for Providence. Nate Thompson made the Pirates pay dearly for the mistake, connecting on Wacey Rabbit’s cross-ice feed, stuffing a backhand shot by McKenna.

With 29 seconds left in the second period, the Pirates finally got on the board when Bobby Ryan scored his sixth of season. Ryan intercepted a pass from Geoff Platt for a breakaway, slipping the puck between the legs of Bruins’ goalie Mike Brown to the cut lead in half.

In the third period, with Nate Thompson in the penalty box, the Bruins extended their lead to 3-1 as another miscue, costing the Pirates a goal. Pirates’ sniper Jason King tried to move the puck up the ice, but Jeff Hoggan knocked it off his stick, breaking in alone, sliding the puck through the five-hole of McKenna with 9:11 to play in the game.

“I think sometimes you’re your own worst enemy,” said Pirates Coach Kevin Dineen in a Press Herald interview. “(The Bruins) are very opportunistic. You have to stay the course for the full 60 minutes.”

Geoff Platt pulled the Pirates to within a goal, for the second time in the evening as he buried Bobby Ryan initial shot on goal with 2:12 left in the game.

Notes: Since arriving in Portland, Geoff Platt is quickly making a name for himself in the offensive department. In five games with the Pirates, he’s scored four goals, five assists for nine points… Also since Platt’s arrival, Bobby Ryan, Anaheim first round draft pick (2nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, playing on line with Platt has begun to accumulate points too. In his last five games, he has three goals, three assists for six points… Anaheim GM Brian Burke was in Providence on Friday to watch the Pirates.

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