Sergei Shirokov knew the Manitoba Moose needed to get their power play going to continue their stalled run to the Calder Cup.
Shirokov and teammate Marco Rosa did something about that Tuesday, each scoring with the man advantage in Manitoba’s 5-4 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in American Hockey League playoff action.
They were the first power-play goals Manitoba has scored in the North Division best-of-seven final, which Hamilton leads 2-1. The Moose are now 2-for-13 on the power play in the series.
“Everybody understands that if you can’t score on the power play, that’s the difference in the game,” Shirokov said.
Shirokov’s sixth goal of the playoffs had made it 3-2 with one second left in the second period in front of 5,809 fans at MTS Centre.