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P-Bruins Notebook: Ferraro broods over his what-if shots
BY BOB DICK
Journal Sports Writer
Ferraro knows his team went down battling even though it lost the Eastern Conference finals in five games. But Ferraro also realizes that he had two terrific chances to score last night and failed both times. Had he done so, he believes, his team might be heading for Saint John today and Game 6 tomorrow night at Harbour Station.
Ferraro found himself alone in front of Flames' goaltender Martin Brochu and all he had to do was pick his spot for what would have been the tying goal with 2:10 remaining. Instead, his shot went wide right.
"I was alone with the goalie," said Ferraro. "I knew I didn't have much time so I wanted to get the puck up as quick as I could but the puck landed on edge. I tried for the top corner but it didn't go anywhere, stayed on the ice and went wide. I had another opportunity like that so it is very unfortunate. If I bury those two, maybe it's a different situation. It hasn't set in yet that we lost so this really hurts."
This team has character
Before the press was allowed into the Providence locker room, the team held a short meeting in which a number of players got up and expressed their feelings about the team and its playoff performance. Later, defenseman Terry Hollinger spoke of what the team accomplished.
"I don't think there were too many people who thought we would go this far," Hollinger said. "It just shows the character on this team. We all knew we would be a good playoff team. Now, I don't know how many of us will be back together next year. That's the sad part. Many of these guys have been together for two and three years."
Injury? What injury?
Providence lost the services of big right wing Lee Goren late in the second period when he suffered a mild concussion and didn't play at all in the third period. In the locker room Goren sported a gash across the top of his left eye. When asked what happened and how he got hurt, Goren said he had no idea.
Flames deserve credit
Providence captain Brandon Smith gave credit to the Flames for their performance in the conference finals. "We always said they had a lot of speed and talent and they showed a lot of heart, also. Now, maybe they can win it all," Smith said. The Flames will be making their second ever appearance in the Calder Cup finals. They lost in the 1998 finals to Philadelphia in six games.
Power play fizzles
Providence's power play, although much improved last night, was 1 for 5 and finished the series 2 for 22 with the man advantage. Saint John, on the other hand, totaled 10 power-play goals in the five games. . . . John Grahame, the Providence goaltender, tops the post-season in saves with 551 and minutes played 1,041.
Whitmore happy here
Veteran goaltender Kay Whitmore is ending his 14th season as a pro. Along the way has come a Calder Cup with Springfield in 1991 and an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals with Vancouver in 1994 when the Canucks fell to the New York Rangers in seven games.
In this postseason for Providence, Whitmore has had to handle the tough job, at least from a mental standpoint, of being the backup goaltender.
Whitmore appeared in five games for Boston (1-2) and 26 games for Providence (13-8-2). He was playing well at the end of the season but Grahame got the call for the playoffs.
At 34, Whitmore said he isn't about to retire. He is at the end of his two-year deal with Boston but would like to return to Providence, if possible.
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