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Providence Bruins Beat Hershey Bears to Advance to Eastern Conference Semi-finals

May 9th, 2013 at 1:15 PM
By Tim ODonnell

 'Blues vs. Bruins-9166.jpg' photo (c) 2012, Sarah Connors - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ This series was definitely harder than most people thought it would be. The Providence Bruins lost the first two games of their quarterfinal series against the Hershey Bears before storming back to win three straight and move on to the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

After the Bruins lost the first two games at home, there was some doubt as to whether this team was ready for the playoffs. But did they ever respond. In the two games at Hershey, the Bruins outscored the Bears 10-5 and retook control of the series. Maybe it was nerves that cost the Bruins the first two games. Maybe they were too excited. Whatever it was, the Bruins shook it off during the two games at Hershey.

The fifth and deciding game really showed that these Bruins could make a run in the playoffs. Despite falling behind just 1:19 into the game, the Bruins clawed back into the game and had the lead entering the third period. And when the Bears tied the game early in the third, the Bruins didn't collapse in on themselves. They went right back to work and retook the lead just under six minutes later.

One of the stars in the series was Carter Camper, who scored five goals and three assists. That includes a hat trick in Game 4 and scoring the game winner that game with under a minute. Camper's first round performance is the reason why the Bruins signed him out of Miami (OH). 

Chris Bourque also made a statement against his former teams. He scored three goals and six points in the five games and appears to have found his game again in Providence. It's too bad that he couldn't make in Boston but at least he's finding success in the AHL.

The Bruins face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Game 1 is set for Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Carter Camper, Chris Bourque, Hockey, NHL, Providence Bruins

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