Bruins bounce back, stun Albany in OT

The Providence Bruins came back from a 3-1 deficit — scoring twice within the final 4:16 of regulati

Justin Peters made 55 saves. Albany scored three of game’s first four goals.

But instead of celebrating a win, the River Rats instead left the ice with their heads down, as the Providence Bruins came back from a 3-1 deficit — scoring twice within regulation’s final 4:16 and again 39 seconds into overtime — to beat Albany, 4-3, in front of 4,710 at the Times Union Center Saturday night.

“Peters played a great game,” said Stefan Chaput, who scored his first career AHL goal. “He was incredible for us.”

Peters shut out the P-Bruins with 31 saves through the first two periods. But the effort spent killing Providence’s first eight power plays eventually took its toll on the Rats players, coach Jeff Daniels said.

“We didn’t have a lot of shots because we were killing penalties all night,” Trevor Gillies said. “But we beat the body hard, we were chipping pucks, and we stuck to our game plan, and ‘Pete’ played a helluva game for us. It’s just very frustrating that we couldn’t get the two points.”

With goalie Kevin Regan pulled with 1:12 remaining in regulation, the Bruins tied it when Martins Karsums took a pass from behind the net from Martin St. Pierre and put it past Peters at 19:22.

Providence won the overtime point 39 seconds into the extra period and 20 seconds after Nick Dodge was whistled for hooking, when Vladimir Sobotka put in a rebound off a shot by Johnny Boychuk, a former River Rat.

Chaput and Jerome Samson each had a goal and an assist for Albany.

“The effort was there, the guys played hard,” Daniels said. “They were battling for pucks, they were hitting, but again, it was too much time in the penalty box. … Obviously, it’s a tough loss, but you have to take the positive out of it. That’s the way you have to compete every night, with that passion, with that hunger for pucks.

“If we bring that effort, most nights we’ll come out on top.”

East Greenbush native Matt Lashoff, a Bruins defenseman, had an assist on Providence’s second goal, a power-play score that ended the Rats’ penalty killing streak at 28, dating back to Oct. 24. Lashoff took five shots on goal and finished at plus-1.

The Rats led 2-0 on Samson’s and Chaput’s goals — Chaput’s power-play goal 43 seconds into the third period ended the P-Bruins’ own penalty killing streak at 26, also dating to Oct. 24.

Providence trimmed that to 2-1 at 7:42 of the third when Peters swatted away a shot by Wacey Rabbit. The rebound came out as the Rats’ Mark Flood and the Bruins’ Jeremy Reich were tangled up, heading for the net. The puck crossed the goal line as the pair crashed into the net, knocking it loose. The goal light came on immediately. After a brief review, the marker stood.

But Albany regained its two-goal lead 37 seconds later, when Jakub Petruzalek scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season to make it 3-1. Dan LaCouture wrapped around the net with the puck, then quickly sent a cross-crease pass to Petruzalek, who sank it at 8:19.

Providence 0 0 3 1 — 4

Albany 0 1 2 0 — 3

First period — No scoring. Penalties — Reich, Pro (roughing) 11:12; Conboy, Alb (roughing) 11:12; Gillies, Alb (roughing) 11:12; Penner, Pro (holding), 13:50; Bodnarchuk, Pro (tripping), 15:05; Chaput, Alb (tripping), 16:57; Jensen, Alb (slashing), 19:42.

Second period — 1, Albany, Samson 2 (Chaput, Olson), 10:07. Penalties — Blanchard, Alb (holding), 2:05; Karsums, Pro (tripping), 3:29; Cavosie, Alb (interference), 6:33; Reich, Pro (hooking), 11:43; Conboy, Alb (roughing), 14:18; Jensen, Alb (hooking), 18:17.

Third period — 2, Albany, Chaput 1 (Samson, Carson), :43 (pp). 3, Providence, Reich 4 (Rabbit), 7:42 (sh). 4, Albany, Petruzalek 4 (LaCouture, Borer), 8:19 (pp). 5, Providence, Marchand 3 (Lashoff, Karsums), 15:44 (pp). 6, Providence, Karsums 4 (St. Pierre, Reich), 19:22. Penalties — Reich, Pro (tripping), :30; Bodnarchuk, Pro (hooking), 7:02; Babin, Alb (hooking), 9:30; Blanchard, Alb (slashing), 14:08.

Overtime — 7, Providence, Sobotka 3 (Boychuk, St. Pierre), :39 (pp). Penalty — Dodge, Alb (hooking), :19.

Missed penalty shots — Angelidis, Alb, 15:03 second period.

Shots on goal — Providence 14-17-26-2 — 59. Albany 6-5-6-0 — 17.

Power-play opportunities — Providence 2 of 10; Albany 2 of 6.

Goalies — Providence, Regan 2-1-0 (17 shots-14 saves). Albany, Peters 0-4-1 (59-55).

A — 4,710. T — 2:26.

Referee — Ian Croft. Linesmen — Steeve Lemay, Frank Murphy.

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