SYRACUSE, NY – Cory Conacher scored two goals and assisted on two others, as the Syracuse Crunch defeated the Providence Bruins 5-4 on Wednesday night. The Crunch have a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Conacher got the Crunch on the board first at 8:19 into the opening period. Conacher took a one-timer to go by Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre to go up 1-0. Mathieu Brodeur took a shot fired a shot and the rebound came to Michael Bournival, who put the rebound by McIntyre to go up 2-0. Ben Thomas received the second assist on Bournival’s goal.
The Crunch went up 3-0 4:48 into the second period when Matt Taormina scored and put an end to McIntyre’s night. McIntyre would be lifted after stopping 12 of 15 shots, in favor of Malcolm Subban.
The Bruins cut the deficit to two when Danton Heinen scored his seventh of the playoffs on a rebound.
Yanni Gourde extended the lead for the Crunch to three again almost four minutes into the third period as he was able to put in a rebound with help from Jake Dotchin and Cory Conacher.
The Bruins answered quickly with two goals. The first came when Anton Blidh scored his first of the playoffs on a backhanded shot with 3:11 remaining in regulation. Henien scored his second of the night 12 seconds later to cut the deficit within one.
Conacher added his second goal of the night, this one of the empty-net variety, to put the Crunch ahead by two goals with 2:08 remaining in regulation. Ryan Fitzgerald tried to start another comeback for the Bruins with a shorthanded goal with 51 seconds left in regulation to make it 5-4 but the Bruins could not get the game-tying goal.
Game four will be on Friday night.