PROVIDENCE, RI- The power play was a key to the success of the Providence Bruins in Game One of the American Hockey League Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinal as they took down the 2-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Bruins took the lead in the first period as Peter Mueller fired a shot that was denied by Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith but Jake DeBrusk came from the left side and put in the rebound to make it 1-0 Bruins at 12:11 of the first period.
The Penguins tied the game late in the second period. Former Providence Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky took a shot as Jean-Sebastian Dea deflected it past Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre to tie it at 1-1.
Danton Heinen scored the game-winning goal for Providence at 6:12 into the final frame of regulation. Wayne Simpson sent a centering pass to Peter Cehlarik. The puck then went to Heinen and he put it past DeSmith to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
The Penguins thought they had the game tied, stuffing the puck in during a scrum in front of the net late in the third. The play was reviewed and stood at no goal giving the Bruins the victory.
DeSmith made 31 saves in the loss while McIntyre made 30 saves for the victory.
Game Two will be held at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. The puck will drop at 3:05 P.M. on Saturday.
NOTES: Sean Kuraly was the hero in game five on Friday night in Ottawa as the Boston Bruins won in double overtime 3-2. Kuraly scored his first two professional National Hockey League goals including tying the game in the second period and scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime.
Kuraly logged in 54 games with the Providence Bruins during the 2016-17 regular season campaign where he registered 26 points with 14 goals and 12 assists.