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PROVIDENCE SETS AHL MARK WITH 10-GOAL FIRST PERIOD

Randy Robitaille scored three of his five goals in Providence's record-setting, 10-goal first period that led the visiting Bruins to a 14-2 American Hockey League rout of the Syracuse Crunch.

The old record of nine goals by one team in one period, set four other times, was last reached by the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1990. Providence fell two goals shy of the record for most goals in a one game by an AHL team, set in 1948 by the Buffalo Bisons.

"The goals weren't indicative on how the game was played," said Providence coach Peter Laviolette. "It just seemed everything we shot tonight went in the net.

"It was more of a fluke than anything else that that happened."

Robitaille's five goals were more than twice his total for the entire season. He had just two goals in his previous first 17 games, but was nonchalant about his performance.

"We had a lot of lucky bounces and I was the guy that happen to be there to put them in." he said.

In Glens Falls, Matt Davidson scored twice and Martin Biron had 30 saves for his league-leading third shutout to lead the Rochester Americans past the Adirondack Red Wings, 2-0. The Amerks (10-5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.
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