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Syracuse pushes Providence to brink of elimination after Game 4 thumping

Syracuse's Gabriel Dumont exits the ice following Friday's 7-2 win over Providence in Game 4 of the AHL Eastern Conference Finals.

The Syracuse Crunch are now one win away from advancing to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time since 2013.

The Crunch demolished the Providence Bruins in Game 4 of the AHL Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, 7-2.

Syracuse used a four-goal second period to pull away for good.

Cory Conacher and Yanni Gourde each tallied four points on the night, while Michael Bournival recorded a pair of goals in the Game 4 win.

"We knew how important it was in that third period to kind of stick it to them because we have a game tomorrow night," Conacher said following the game. "We want to try to hope that carries over into the game tomorrow night. Tomorrow's going to be fun. The crowd was awesome again tonight, and that helped up for sure."

"I'd like this league to take a serious look at the hit," Syracuse Crunch head coach Ben Groulx said. "You've got to protect the players and I thought it was a hit to the head."

Groulx was commenting on the play that left Crunch defenseman Jake Dotchin down on the ice after a hit to the head by Providence's Colby Cave in the third period.

Dotchin was helped off the ice and did not return, leaving his status up in the air ahead of Game 5 on Saturday night in Syracuse.

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