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AHL Bruins blow 3-0 series lead against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

May 22, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers stops Trent Whitfield #42 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Wachovia Center on May 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(May 11, 2010 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 7-3 victory against Ottawa tonight, but it was their AHL-affiliates that made history.

Boston’s farm team, the Providence Bruins, took a 3-0 series lead against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, the Penguins earned four straight wins including a 5-0 victory on Wednesday to become just the third team in the league’s 77-year history to overcome that kind of a deficit, according to

Of course, this will no doubt bring up memories of Boston’s collapse from a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Eastern Conference semifinals.

In fact, 35-year-old forward Trent Whitfield has now had the misfortune of being on the wrong end of history twice, as The Hockey Writers’ Wayne Whittaker pointed out.

Of course, the Boston Bruins bounced back from their humiliation and won the Stanley Cup in 2011. Perhaps that will comfort Providence as they reflect on this series.

It’s also worth adding that Providence was without defenseman Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug for most of this series. Bartkowski played in five postseason contests with Providence, but didn’t play at all against the Penguins. Krug participated in the first two games before also being summoned by Boston.

Meanwhile, Boston has a 3-0 lead on the New York Rangers going into Game 4 on Thursday.

  1. mpops86 - May 22, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Losing your top two defensemen leaves you pretty vulnerable.

    • c9castine - May 23, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      pittsburgh has a couple d-men and a forward up with them too. no excuses these guys are top-class players as well

  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM


    • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 2:10 AM


      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 23, 2013 at 2:40 AM

        The Bruins were a classless rabble of cheap shot artists in game 5. Mink received 2 games for his part.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 2:49 AM

        Right, and…..

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 23, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        And now they are planning their tee times. What don’t you get?

      • ibieiniid - May 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        he doesn’t get most things.

      • pepper2011 - May 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        says the guy referencing Ty Cobb…

  3. bigbadbruins77 - May 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Yeah losing top two d men will do that

    • bgrillz - May 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Read..One defenseman didn’t play at all in the series, and the other guy played the first two games. there was no one saying “well, losing two d men will do that” when they went up 3-0. Wilkes-Barre is playing with what they have. They had Bennett, Despres, and Bortuzzo most of the season. They didn’t get them back to win those 4 straight. There is no excuse for losing a 3-0 lead, with home ice especially.

  4. pastabelly - May 23, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Bruce Cassidy, coach of the P-Bruins, should be a hotter NHL coaching candidate than retreads like AV. Player development is what it’s all about at that level. Thanks Bruce and good luck.

    • pastabelly - May 23, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Of course, people will argue against Cassidy getting a job because of his brief experience in Washington – mixed results. Hope he gets another shot.

  5. titansbro - May 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Who cares? It’s the AHL, not the NHL.

    • ibieiniid - May 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      you’re a true hockey fan, sir.

  6. ironyisadeadscene - May 23, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Does this mean they will win it all the following year?

  7. wallio - May 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Having followed this series, if the Bruins had spent half as much time trying to score as they did throwing punches, it may have turned out differently. But as a Wilkes-Barre resident, I’m so glad it didn’t.

    • malkamania71 - May 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Yea buddy!! WBS resident as well and I could NOT be any happier with the way this series ended. After I saw how dirty Mink and Robins were I was so happy when I saw they got smacked last night.

      GO WBS PENS!!

  8. bobc74 - May 23, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Let’s not forget to give credit where credit is due. Big cheers for WBS Pens goaltender Brad Thiessen for playing lights out in the last 4 games of the series!

  9. tdrusher225 - May 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    And the Toronto Marlies blew a 3 goal lead in the final 10 minutes of their game to end their season. I think there’s a pattern here.

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