After going down two games to Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s AHL affiliate team, came back in the series to win the Atlantic Division title in Game 6. They move on to face Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Portland went down by a goal about two minutes into the game to Providence, after Pascal Pelletier fired a wrist shot off the back of J.S. Aubin. With just under ten minutes remaining in the first period, Providence took a 2-0 lead on a breakaway shorthanded goal by Nate Thompson. Drew Miller would answer less than a minute later for the Pirates when he took a feed from Geoff Platt. Miller’s goal past Tuukka Rask was his first of the playoffs.
In the second period, the Pirates tied the game at two at the 12:43 mark when Bobby Ryan broke away from a Providence defenseman. He fed the puck to Andy Schneider who was waiting in front. Schneider received the pass from Ryan and drilled a shot past the glove of Tuukka Rask. Providence would regain the lead less than a minute later at 13:55 from Martin Karsums' goal. The Pirates would tie the score at 3 - with less than four minutes left in the period - on a power play goal by Jason King at 16:47.
At 1:13 into the third period, Geoff Platt put the Pirates ahead 4-3 with a shot from the top of the slot past Rask and silenced the Providence crowd. Later in the period, the Pirates would continue to keep the Bruins on their heels. The hard work would pay off with a 5-3 lead. This fifth goal for Portland would be King’s second of the game, which was scored at 6:52 of the third. At this point, the Bruins replaced Tuukka Rask with back-up goaltender Jordan Sigalet. The Bruins would try to climb back into the game when T.J. Trevelyan scored a goal in heavy traffic on J.S. Aubin at 13:43. They would fall short of a win.
Aubin, the Ducks' late season trade addition, made 31 saves for the win and continues his journey on to the Calder Cup with Portland.