P-Bruins Finish Regular Season, Now Prepare to Play Hartford in the Playoffs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence Bruins scored twice on the same shift early in the first period to beat the Manchester Monarchs 5-1 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday to wrap up the regular season. Providence finished sixth in the Eastern Conference, and will play the third-seeded, Northeast-Division-Winning Hartford Wolf Pack in the opening round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Cory Kane scored on Providence’s first shot, as he blasted one past Monarchs goalie Patrik Bartosak from the left wing circle 2:30 into the game. On the same shift and only two shots later, Tyler Randell notched his second point of the night with a goal to make it 2-0 after ranging through both sides of the slot.

Subban made consecutive saves on either side of the crease later in the period, starting on the left side, then sliding to the right to field the shot after the rebound.Rob Flick scored his third goal in as many games, lighting the lamp on the power play, as he launched a rebound in backhand after the initial shot landed on the far doorstep. The Bruins scored all three goals on their first eight shots. During that same stretch, Manchester had eight bids, then had the final five of the frame but still came up empty-handed.

The Monarchs sandwiched their only goal of the game in between Providence strikes in the third period. Colin Stuart had some help from Frank Vatrano on a wrister past Bartosak far-side only 1:29 into the period. Sean Backman lit the lamp for the visitors, spoiling Subban’s shutout at 13:58 when he tipped a Jordan Weal bid above the Bruins goalie. Ethan Werek’s hustle goal was a microcosm of the team’s performance in the game: gritty and thorough. Anthony Camara fell down trying to get his own rebound, but Werek streaked to the loose puck and zipped it in 1:26 after the Manchester goal. The game was the fifth time this year that Bartosak allowed four-plus goals, and the third time against Providence.

The Bruins finish the regular season with a record of 41-26-7-2, with 91 points, the 11th-most in the league. All opening round schedules for the Playoffs will be announced after the conclusion of all of Sunday’s games.