Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bears Force Game 7

Well, if the Bears' night is any indication, perhaps the Capitals will force a Game 7 of their own tomorrow night.

In the East Division Final, the Capitals and Bears have had similar series, winning and losing the same games of the series. But Sunday afternoon at Giant Center, Michal Neuvirth stopped all 30 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shots he faced as Hershey topped the Penguins 3-0 to force a deciding game Tuesday night.

Andrew Gordon put Hershey up with 11:35 gone in the game, and then the Bears took command in the second period as a goal :22 into the second by Darren Reid and then less than three minutes later on a wraparound goal by Alexandre Giroux. That's all the Bears would need, as Neuvirth turned aside 21 shots in the final 40 minutes for the shutout.

Now, with a perfect 5-0 mark at home, the Bears will face the Penguins for the right to battle the Worcester Sharks or Providence Bruins for the Eastern Conference title.

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