Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: May 23

1999: Terry Virtue, Eric Nickulas, Cameron Mann, Jeremy Brown and Marquis Mathieu all pitch in for a 5-3 win at Fredericton that gives Providence its eighth consecutive victory and a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

2001: Former P-Bruins captain and coach Peter Laviolette earns his first NHL head coaching job with the New York Islanders.

2005: Trailing the series, 2-0, and the game, 1-0, for nearly 35 minutes of clock time, the P-Bruins get a crucial equalizer via Keith Aucoin with 6:54 to spare in regulation. In the ensuing overtime, Brad Boyes scores the walkoff goal to cut the Philadelphia Phantoms’ lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The deciding strike comes only five seconds after Philadelphia had killed a bench minor.