Last night in Providence was tough. The heartbreak happened at 102 minute mark, in the third overtime. A hard-fought battle that once again, came up short. It was a 2-1 verdict for the Providence Bruins as Yann Danis stopped 45 out of 47 shots. Brady Skjei recorded the lone tally for the Wolf Pack who face possible elimination tomorrow night in-game four. They have to give it their best, otherwise the season will be wrapped up. They tried. The offense was not there.
The first started off actually well. It was an exact carbon copy of game two. They came out physical and had multiple chances. Yann Danis had light work in net for the frame. Then the Pack finally cashed in on the power play, their first of the series at the 10:33 mark. Brady Skjei from the blue line had a beautiful shot that was not tipped. It was powerful and gave Hartford a 1-0 lead. The assists went to Michael Kostka and Danny Kristo. They had all the momentum and the Bruins were unable to draw up anything. They were in the zone. So far so good. I did not expect this game to go into triple overtime. The second was a much tighter frame. The Bruins were pressing the Pack in surges as they finally had chances. Yann Danis was excellent in net and the defense was smart enough to battle the puck away from the defensive zone. The Pack had a couple of chances as well, but were unable to convert. Both clubs were playing disciplined for the most part. The Pack seem to have the upper advantage. Then with seconds to go, they had back to back icings. It made them pay unfortunately with 5.9 seconds to go in the second. It was a simple shot which rebounded in, tied at one. The third period was intense from the start. It was physical and both clubs were even in every category. Yann Danis and the Bruins goaltender, Malcom Subban, stood tall. Both clubs had chances, however, the Pack did not look as solid as in the first two frames. They were a bit sloppy and had a couple of turnovers. They made mistakes but successfully recovered. The game headed to overtime. The first overtime frame was not a good one. The Pack were dominated for the majority of the extra time. The Bruins were inches close on ending the game. The Pack held it down at all costs. Yann Danis was the difference when it went into extra time. The Bruins had a breakaway, then multiple rebounds when the defense was down and Danis was jumping all over the crease. He had to save about four shots in that play. The Pack had few chances in overtime and seemed to not shoot the puck much. The overtime did not solve nothing. The second overtime was better. The Pack decided to shoot the puck and had the upper advantage. They were close, but they could not solve Subban in goal. They pressured plenty of times early on, but as time passed the Bruins began to press back. Danis came up huge multiple times. Then came triple overtime which did not last long. It only took two minutes for the Bruins to end this run. The puck was picked up at the blue line and a two on one ensued. Mat Bodie tried to do everything and Oscar Lindberg got back, but was unable to get the guy that Mat Bodie was trying to stop. It was a toe drag, then he roofed the puck past Danis. The loss was tough to swallow.
They almost had the game. They were unable to get it done offensively. The defense did not disappoint tonight. If anything, it was the lack of scoring, unable to convert when its crucial. Yann Danis deserved a better fate in net with his performance. At this time, just forget the last two games. They need to prep for tomorrow. Give it the best. It’s all or nothing. They need to respond.
Game four is scheduled to be 7:05pm at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Yann Danis
- Brady Skjei
- Danny Kristo
- Chris Bourque recorded nine shots in the game.
- Conor Allen is day-to-day still. He may play tomorrow.
- Brady Skjei recorded his first pro point last night.
- The first line of Chris Bourque-Lindberg-Joey Crabb was a -2 and produced no points.
- Both clubs recorded 47 shots.
- The game was the second longest in franchise history.