Pirates lose to B’s in OT


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Nate Robinson’s goal at 3:51 of sudden-death overtime gave the Providence Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Portland Pirates in Game 4 of the teams’ Atlantic Division semifinal series Tuesday.

Portland goalie Jani Hurme (21 saves) blocked a shot by Sean Curry but Robinson buried the rebound for his second goal of the game and his fourth of the playoffs. Robinson also assisted on three goals for a five-point game.

The Pirates lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

Providence gained a 4-3 lead on Ryan Gaucher’s power-play goal at 13:13 of the third period. But Portland tied it at 17:23 when Simon Ferguson flipped in the rebound of a shot by Pierre Parenteau.

The Pirates overcame a one-goal deficit on three occasions but were hurt by their special teams play. Portland was 0-for-11 on the power play while Providence scored two power-play goals on six opportunities.

Robinson’s initial goal, at 18:12 of the first period, gave Providence a 2-1 lead but Portland tied it on Zenon Kenopka’s third goal of the playoffs at 3:16 of the second.

Pascal Pelletier beat Hurme with a wrist shot at 11:45 of the second for a 3-2 lead.

Portland countered at 2:12 of the third when Dustin Penner deflected a shot by Ken Smith past Derek Gustafson (25 saves).

Providence’s David Lundbohm appeared to have scored at 14:23 of the second period but referee Chris Brown waived off the goal because a linesman had whistled Providence for having too many men on the ice.

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