Capitals prospect Tom Wilson scored his first career goal as a professional, but the Hershey Bears fell 5-4 Sunday to the Providence Bruins at GIANT Center.
The best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series is now tied 2-2 with the road team having won all four games. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
Wilson’s goal came in his second game with the Bears and gave Hershey a 4-3 lead with 4:40 left in the third period. The Bruins though scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation, including the eventual game-winning-goal with 1:04 left in the third period.
Wilson (Capitals first-round pick, 16th overall, 2012 NHL Draft) joined the Bears last week after the elimination of his junior team, the Plymouth Whalers, from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
In addition to Wilson, Joey Crabb scored twice for the Bears, while Casey Wellman also found the back of the net. Crabb leads Hershey with four goals through four postseason games against Providence.
Philipp Grubauer (Capitals fourth-round pick, 112nd overall, 2012 NHL Draft) turned aside 32 of 37 shots in the defeat.
READING ROYALS WIN IN OT:
Down a level, the Capitals ECHL affiliate won again in overtime as the Reading Royals beat the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 (OT) in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Royals won Game 1 Friday, 5-4 in double overtime, and have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series which now shifts to Reading, PA for Games 3, 4 and 5.
USA REMAINS UNBEATEN AT WORLDS:
Bobby Butler and Tim Stapleton each had a goal and an assist and Ben Bishop made 18 saves as the U.S. beat Latvia 4-1 Sunday at the World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
The Americans improved to 2-0-0 in the preliminary round and are now tied with Russia for first place in Group H. The U.S. and Russia will play on Tuesday.
NO SHORTAGE OF FREE HOCKEY:
With the Pittsburgh Penguins needing overtime to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 Sunday in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, six of the eight first-round matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have gone to overtime at least once.
Only the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators have yet to play overtime this postseason.
Overall in these playoffs there have been seven overtime games, including two in the Chicago Blackhawks – Minnesota Wild series.
Home teams have gone 4-3 in overtime this postseason and none of the games gone beyond a fourth period.
The Capitals are 1-0 in overtime in their first-round series after Mike Green netted the game-winning goal in OT of Game 2 against the New York Rangers.
The record for overtime games in a single postseason is 28, which was set in 1993. The Capitals went 0-3 in overtime that spring, dropping all three OT games against the New York Islanders in their Patrick Division Semifinal series.