Manchester-Providence preview

Game 1 of the first-round AHL playoff series between Manchester and Providence starts just after 4 p.m. Pacific time (7 p.m. local time). The Monarchs, who finished fourth in their division, face the Bruins, who finished first. The Monarchs coach is indicating that Brian Boyle might return sometime during the series, but that seems vague. A key to the series could be whether Phil Kessel shows up. Kessel has been a healthy scratch for the Boston Bruins put could end up on the Providence roster at some point.

There’s a webcast of the game, but you have to shell out $6 to watch it. Seems as though there might be free audio on the Monarchs’ site, but I can’t be 100 percent certain of that. Here’s a couple preview stories from the two local papers:

Manchester Union-Leader: Monarchs prepped for playoff test

Providence Journal: P-Bruins are riding wave into playoffs

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  • BobMillersHair

    1 – 1 in the Second
    Bernier in net
    Petr Kanko scored in the 1st Period for Manchester

  • Marc Nathan

    Monarchs fell behind 2-1 but tied it on a Matt Moulson power play goal midway through the third, and now the teams will be going to OVERTIME…

  • Go Monarchs!

    Monarchs lost in OT 3-2.

    Bernier in net and made a game saving point blank glove save earlier in the OT – looked very composed. Bernier faced 37 shots.

    Not too much offense shown by the Monarchs tonight. Goals by Moulson on a tip and Kanko on a shot from the left circle through the five hole.

  • metalmaster

    3-2 Providence in OT
    Both teams had some good
    chances to win

  • -J

    That’s pretty lame that the P-Bruins put Kessel on their clear day roster, considering he’s only played 2 games with them, last year.

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