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Sound Tigers can't finish off Bruins

Updated 12:47 am, Friday, February 1, 2013
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3 stars
1. TY WISHART, BRIDGEPORT: Two goals among other good things.
2. CARTER CAMPER, PROVIDENCE: Perfect setup for one goal, shootout winner.
3. MATT WATKINS, BRIDGEPORT: Strong on forecheck, two assists.
UNSUNG HERO: Kevin Poulin made 38 saves, some of them impressive.
UP NEXT: Friday at Connecticut Whale, 7 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
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BRIDGEPORT -- It's one point, not two, a step short of what the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hoped for Thursday -- and maybe even what they deserved.

Carter Camper scored the only shootout goal to give the Providence Bruins a 3-2 win at Webster Bank Arena. They got out of town with the second point the Sound Tigers, who led with 5:13 remaining, could've used. Bridgeport missed all five attempts in the shootout.

"It's a great game to build off," said defenseman Ty Wishart, who scored both goals. "We've got to learn to close out these one-goal games."

Bridgeport has won just two of the past 11 games, but coming off the all-star break, which ended with a 5-0 loss last Saturday at Norfolk, it certainly felt like a step forward in front of a crowd of 3,839.

The first and second periods were mostly spent in the Providence end, forcing turnovers and keeping the puck deep. The only problem for Bridgeport was it never built more than a one-goal lead despite all that time around Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg.

"You're not going to be able to do that the whole night," said Matt Watkins, integral to that forecheck, who assisted on both goals. "They're going to have offensive-zone time."

Kevin Poulin made 38 saves, a few of them for the highlight reel, like a right-circle, sprawling left-arm stop on Torey Krug in the third period.

Bridgeport twice took leads on Wishart's goals.

The goal might have been the least-impressive part of Wishart's shift when he scored the first one. He kept a puck in the zone, and later took the puck away from Graham Mink on the left-wing boards. Watkins fed him a pass at the center point and screened Svedberg.

"Keep it going. Keep the play alive," Wishart said.

"Watty gave me a nice gift in the middle."

Wishart fought off Camper in the high slot to score on the power play in the second period.

Providence scored on a power play in the first, with Camper finding Craig Cunningham open in the left circle, and tied it on the rush, with Jamie Tardif a step ahead of backchecking Nino Niederreiter.

"Our compete level was good. Our execution was good," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said.

"A couple of mistakes cost us."

Bridgeport got a golden chance with a power play to end regulation but failed to score. Watkins had a breakaway in overtime; tugged from behind by Colby Cohen, he was stopped. Cunningham's behind-the-back backhander went wide of an open net at the other end.

mfornabaio@ctpost.com; http://twitter.com/fornabaioctp; http://blog.connpost.com/fornabaio

Providence 1 0 1 0 1--3

Bridgeport 1 1 0 0 0--2

First Period -- 1, Bridgeport, Wishart 3 (Watkins), 18:05. 2, Providence, Cunningham 9 (Camper, Krug), 19:35 (pp). Penalties -- Robins, Pro, major (fighting), 9:09; Gallant, Bpt, major (fighting), 9:09; Randell, Pro, major (fighting), 11:24; Hill, Bpt, major (fighting), 11:24; Landry, Bpt (slashing), 19:01.

Second Period -- 3, Bridgeport, Wishart 4 (Persson, Watkins), 13:09 (pp). Penalties -- Combs, Bpt (boarding), 6:38; Cunningham, Pro (interference), 7:13; Cohen, Pro (tripping), 11:09; Sauve, Pro (delay of game-closing hand on puck), 16:41.

Third Period -- 4, Providence, Tardif 21 (Spooner, Krug), 14:47. Penalties -- Exelby, Pro (tripping), 19:00.

Overtime -- No scoring. Penalties -- None.

Shootout -- Bridgeport, Combs NG, Niederreiter NG, Landry NG, Nelson NG, Persson NG; Providence, Spooner NG, Tardif NG, Sauve NG, Cunningham NG, Camper G.

Shots on goal -- Providence 13-9-12-6-1--41. Bridgeport 11-11-10-4-0--36.

Power play opportunities -- Providence 1 of 2, Bridgeport 1 of 4.

Goaltenders -- Providence, Svedberg 19-6-2 (36 shots-34 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 12-10-2 (40-38).

Attendance -- 3,839. Referees -- Luxmore, Lewis. Linesmen -- Galvin, Redding.

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