Lindberg's Goal, two Assists Help Pack Tie SeriesMay 11, 2015
Oscar Lindberg had a goal and two assists for the Wolf Pack Monday night, leading the Wolf Pack to a 3-1 win over the Hershey Bears in Game Four of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series, which is now tied at two games apiece.
The game was the second of two in the series played at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, due to scheduling conflicts at the XL Center.
Joey Crabb and Ryan Haggerty also scored for the Wolf Pack, and Chris Bourque had two assists. Yann Danis stopped 22 out of 23 Hershey shots. The only Bear goal was scored by Jon Landry, and Philipp Grubauer made 29 stops in the Bear net.
The Wolf Pack dominated the first period, outshooting the Bears 14-7, and took the game’s first lead with 3:49 remaining in the frame, on a goal by Crabb.
Thirteen seconds after a Wolf Pack power play expired, Lindberg snapped a shot from the right-wing side and Crabb deflected it past Grubauer.
Hartford added two more in a second period in which the Wolf Pack enjoyed a 12-5 shots advantage.
Lindberg made it a 2-0 lead only six seconds into a Wolf Pack power play at 8:45. With Steve Oleksy off for elbowing, Chris Mueller won an offensive zone draw to Bourque at the top of the slot, and Bourque fed to Lindberg, who one-timed a shot from the right-wing faceoff dot through a Crabb screen and high into the net past Grubauer.
That goal was Lindberg’s first North American pro playoff goal, and Haggerty buried his first pro playoff tally at 13:09, to increase the Wolf Pack’s lead to 3-0. Lindberg sent a long pass through the neutral zone to Haggerty, who got by the Bear defense and slipped a shot underneath Grubauer’s pads.
After Crabb was foiled on a penalty-shot opportunity by Grubauer at 10:25 of the third period, Landry ruined Danis’ shutout bid with a goal at 12:02 of the third, off a cross-slot feed from Chandler Stephenson.
Danis shut the door after that, though, and the teams now head back to Hershey for Game Five of the series, which is this Wednesday night, May 13. All the action of that battle can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.
The Wolf Pack will return to the XL Center for Game Six of the series, which will be this Friday, May 15, with faceoff at 7:00. Fans can reserve their tickets now for that game, at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.
Hershey Bears 1 at Hartford Wolf Pack 3
Monday, May 11, 2015 - DCU Center
Hershey 0 0 1 - 1
Hartford 1 2 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Hartford, Crabb 3 (Lindberg, C. Bourque), 16:11. Penalties-Conner Her (slashing), 10:55; Bodie Hfd (tripping), 12:37; J. O'Brien Her (hooking), 13:58; Wellman Her (slashing), 19:05.
2nd Period-2, Hartford, Lindberg 1 (C. Bourque, Mueller), 8:45 (PP). 3, Hartford, Haggerty 1 (Lindberg), 13:09. Penalties-L. O'Brien Her (roughing), 4:09; Oleksy Her (elbowing), 8:39; Schilling Her (interference), 14:06; Klingberg Hfd (roughing), 18:43.
3rd Period-4, Hershey, Landry 1 (Stephenson, Oleksy), 12:02. Penalties-Lindberg Hfd (high-sticking), 15:40.
Shots on Goal-Hershey 7-5-11-23. Hartford 14-12-6-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 3; Hartford 1 / 6.
Goalies-Hershey, Grubauer 2-2-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Hartford, Danis 5-3-0 (23 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jack Millea (23), Alex Stagnone (7).