Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

The Providence Bruins started the week with a loss but finished on a high note, with impressive wins over the top two teams in the Atlantic Division.

In Rochester on Wednesday night, playing their first game in 12 days because of Covid postponements, the P-Bruins dug a 4-1 hole, but battled back to close the deficit to one goal before the Americans potted an empty netter for a 5-3 victory.

In Hartford on New Year’s Eve, Providence squeezed the life out of the Wolf Pack, holding them to 17 shots in a 4-0 win. It was Teddy Bear Toss night at the XL Center, but for the second time in a month Providence didn’t give the home fans the satisfaction. They shut out Hartford just as they blanked Springfield when the Thunderbirds had their Teddy Bear Toss game on Dec. 12.

Back at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Sunday for the first time since Dec. 12, the P-Bruins routed the first-place Springfield Thunderbirds, 7-1.

“It says a lot about the group,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel, summing up the week. “We actually played extremely well in Rochester coming off the break. You never really know how those are going to go. As a group, as a staff, I’m happy with where we are. The guys seem to find a way. Through the whole COVID situation, the way we went about it, we’ve got very mature guys. We’ve got great leadership.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Oskar Steen scored twice and assisted on three goals against Rochester and Hartford before being recalled by Boston.

— Alex-Olivier Voyer posted a Gordie Howe hat trick against Springfield with a goal, two assists and a fight.

— Joona Koppanen scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal and added an assist for a three-point day against the Thunderbirds.

— Urho Vaakanainen is playing well at both ends of the ice. He set up goals by Oskar Steen on Friday and Joona Koppanen on Sunday with perfect passes.

— Troy Grosenick continued his rock-solid play, pitching his first shutout of the season on Friday and stopping 27 of 28 shots on Sunday. He has a 6-1-1-1 record with a .926 save percentage and 1.92 goals-against average.

— Steven Fogarty had a goal and an assist against the Wolf Pack. He has 17 points in his last 18 games.

— Cameron Hughes had 1-1-2 against Hartford and two goals against Springfield.

— Eddie Tralmaks had a strong game with a goal and an assist on Sunday. Mougenel said he owned the puck below the goal line.

— Nick Wolff had a pair of assists on Sunday and has five helpers in his last four games.

— Josiah Didier was named the 26th team captain in franchise history. Fantastic choice.

— The P-Bruins scored a shorthanded goal against Hartford and two more against Springfield. They are tied for second in the AHL with five shorthanded goals. The PK is fourth at 86.5 percent.

— Curtis Hall scored his first goal of the season on Sunday.

BAD

— Kyle Keyser gave up four goals on 12 shots in 33:27 in Rochester.

— The P-Bruins had no shots in the first six minutes against the Americans.

— Victor Berglund (upper body) and Zach Senyshyn (jaw) were injured by dirty hits against Rochester.

UGLY

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Zach Senyshyn, Victor Berglund

Senyshyn asks Bruins for a trade

Zach Senyshyn has scored 48 goals in 213 games for the P-Bruins. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

Zach Senyshyn is looking for a fresh start. Through his agent, he has asked Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney for a trade.

“It’s been a long journey with Boston and Providence. Obviously, I’m super-thankful to everyone in Providence for all of their help in the development of my game, but I want to play in the NHL. I feel like I haven’t been given that opportunity in the Bruins organization,’’ Senyshyn said by phone from Ottawa, where he is home for Christmas.

Drafted in the first round (No. 15) in 2015, Senyshyn is midway through his fifth season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins. In three brief stints in the NHL, the most recent in 2020-21, he’s played 14 games, scoring a goal and two assists.

“I feel like my game has gotten to that level where I’m ready to play and I’m ready to make an impact. With the way the Bruins organization has been going, it just doesn’t seem like I’m in the mix.’’

The 2015 first round – in which Boston picked Jakub Zboril (No. 13) and Jake DeBrusk (No. 14) immediately before Senyshyn – continues to be a lightning rod for criticism of Boston management with no end in sight.

“I just feel like I need a fresh start. With all of the backlash with the media, considering where I was drafted and everything going on there, it’s just been a lot emotionally. I feel as though a fresh start is best,’’ Senyshyn said.

“I’m not really being utilized in (the Boston) organization. I’m not being used at all. I feel as though it’s better for them to get some return and for me to get a fresh start.’’

A goal-scoring winger with the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL, Senyshyn has been remade in the AHL as a two-way player with elite speed. With Providence, he is an effective forechecker who can kill penalties and chip in offensively. This season he is tied with Oskar Steen for the team lead in goals with eight. In the NHL, he projects as a bottom-six player.

“I’ve developed a lot as a player from when I first came into the (AHL). I feel like my game has grown a lot. I think we’re just at that point where, I’m 24 years old, about to be 25, if they don’t want to use me as an asset now, there’s only so much more I can do to try to fit into their fold,’’ he said.

“For me it’s come to the point where we can part ways and I can help another team that needs more help than the Bruins need, in my skill set, at least. I feel like I have a unique skill set where I’m a fast skater and I can play up and down the lineup now thanks to the development I’ve had (in the AHL).’’

Senyshyn was last recalled in March 2021 after a fast start in the AHL, but suffered an upper-body injury in his first game. Recently, he was not one of the players called up when Boston was battling a COVID outbreak.

Obviously, that hit home.

“I mean, I’ve been a guy who was in the (playoff) bubble (in 2020), who has been a loyal soldier for a long time. Time and time again, guys have been put ahead of me and those guys have been given the opportunity to develop and grow.

“If I was given some of those opportunities at the NHL level, maybe I would have been able to produce. Obviously, injuries plagued me when I was up there, but I still feel as though my game has always been there to be able to contribute and to at least be a positive effect on that group up there,’’ he said.

Senyshyn, an assistant captain the last two seasons, said he will report to Providence after the holiday break and continue to work on his game.

“My biggest priority is getting my game to be the best it can be and that’s going to be by playing and being a good leader and teammate and doing all those things. It won’t be by sitting at home. My focus is still on developing my game and helping my team, but I’m just at the point now where I’m ready for that change,’’ he said.

Senyshyn’s agent is Andy Scott of Octagon Hockey, the same agency that represents DeBrusk, who has also asked to be traded.

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

It was a trying week for the Providence Bruins, to say the least.

Players came and went as Boston wrestled with its COVID outbreak. There was a lot of time on the bus as the team made stops in Bridgeport, Glens Falls, N.Y. and Laval, Quebec. There was time spent looking for replacement players. Saturday’s scheduled game in Belleville was postponed after the Senators shut down.

On the ice, the P-Bruins came away with a split. They dug deep to beat Bridgeport in a shootout, 2-1, on Wednesday. Then, running on empty, they lost in Laval, 6-3, on Friday.

“It’s been a hard two weeks,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel. “It would have been nice to have some continuity, but it is what it is, I guess.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Troy Grosenick had a strong game in the win in Bridgeport. He stopped 27 of 28 shots, then denied all five Bridgeport players in the shootout.

— Cameron Hughes scored an absolute beauty of a goal early in the game in Laval, undressing a defenseman and then burying his shot. He added an assist later on.

— Alex-Olivier Voyer scored his first of the season with a nice shorthanded goal in Bridgeport.

— Sammy Asselin played two feisty, energetic games and buried the winner in the shootout against the Islanders.

— Urho Vaakanainen had assists in both games.

— Signed to a PTO to fill out the roster, Alexis D’Aoust made a positive impression with a goal on his first shift in his only game.

— As of Monday morning, Jakub Lauko (knee) and Ian McKinnon (COVID protocol) were back at practice.

BAD

— After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and nearly going up by three (Brady Lyle rang the pipe), the P-Bruins gave up six straight goals on Friday.

— The P-Bruins gave up three power play goals in Laval.

— The refereeing in Laval wasn’t the reason Providence lost, but it was very inconsistent. In the first two periods, refs Beau Halkidis and Elizabeth Mantha called five penalties against Providence and none against Laval. In the third period, with Laval up by four goals, they slapped the Rocket with four straight penalties and called none against the P-Bruins. It sure looked like a blatant bid to smooth out the scoresheet.

UGLY

— The P-Bruins’ bus arrived home from Laval at around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

— If one puck goes into the net off a defending player, that’s a tough break. When it happens to the same team three times in the same game, you know it’s not your night. That’s what happened on Friday night. A shot hit John Moore’s skate and went in. Another deflected in off the stick of Aaron Ness. Then Zach Senyshyn tried to nudge the puck back to Troy Grosenick for a whistle, but it slid across the goal line. At that point, it was a good idea for the Rocket to send someone out to buy lottery tickets.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Matt Filipe

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Grit, character, guts.

The Providence Bruins displayed all of the above and more during an exceptional three-in-three weekend.

Coming off a COVID-19 shutdown, the P-Bruins took home four of six points despite playing without some of their top players, including Steven Fogarty, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner and Brady Lyle.

On Friday, with six ECHL callups in the lineup, Providence looked like a team that hadn’t played in two weeks in losing to the Belleville Senators, 4-1, at home.

They rebounded on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds. Kyle Keyser pitched a very satisfying shutout with 24 saves, putting a damper on Teddy Bear Toss night before a big crowd at the MassMutual Center.

Back home on Sunday, the P-Bruins got a goal from Cameron Hughes 99 seconds into the game and went on to record a thorough 5-1 win against the Toronto Marlies.

“This weekend says a lot about our older guys. Not everyone could see practice when we had three forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. The common denominator was Aaron Ness and how he dragged everybody along,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel.

“The juice is always good around here. We have a lot of good quality veterans who drag guys into the fight and don’t let them off the hook. They make my job extremely easy in that regard.

“The other part of it is (director of player development and player personnel adviser) Jamie Langenbrunner, (assistant GM) Evan Gold, and (assistant coach) Matt Thomas did a great job of identifying guys in the ECHL that were playing well. I thought all of those guys came up and played really well for us and it wasn’t easy. We basically had training camp all over again with teaching systems and it gave our staff time to dig into where our deficiencies were.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Oskar Steen scored twice on Sunday. He leads the team in scoring with 8-7-15 in 14 games. He’s scoring on 23.5 percent of his shots.

— Providence finished the weekend in third place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .600. Only Hartford and Springfield are ahead of them.

— Kyle Keyser posted his first shutout of the season with 24 saves against the Thunderbirds. Instead of throwing their teddy bears on the ice after Springfield’s first goal, fans had to wait until after the game.

— Kyle Grosenick made timely saves in Sunday’s win. His save percentage is .931.

— Jack Studnicka had six shots and scored Providence’s only goal on Friday and was credited with two primary assists on Sunday.

— Justin Brazeau scored twice on Saturday and added another one on Sunday. Keltie Jeri-Leon gave Providence some breathing room with a third-period goal in Springfield. Both players were called up from Maine.

— Eduards Tralmaks assisted on both of Justin Brazeau’s goals on Saturday and was a standout on Sunday with a goal and eight shots.

— The P-Bruins scored five seconds after Matt Filipe’s fight on Sunday, then added another one 24 seconds later. Not saying there was a connection. Not saying there wasn’t.

— Nick Wolff had two primary assists and was plus-three on Sunday.

— Defenseman Wyatt Ege, recalled from Cincinnati, was plus-three on Saturday and had four shots on Sunday.

— With one fighting major on both Friday and Saturday and two on Sunday, Providence is now tied for third in the AHL with 12 fighting majors.

BAD

— Being forced to play a three-in-three coming out of a COVID shutdown was not right, regardless of the results. Postponing Friday’s game and giving the team an extra day would have been the right thing to do.

— Providence plays its next seven games on the road.

— They gave up their fourth shorthanded goal on Sunday, tied for second-most in the league.

— Eduards Tralmaks was crosschecked in the teeth by Toronto’s Joseph Duszak on Sunday. Duszak received two minutes for interference.

— Kyle Keyser’s misplay behind the net allowed Belleville’s Scott Sabourin to score an easy goal on Friday.

UGLY

— Injured/ill: Josiah Didier, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner, Steven Fogarty, Brady Lyle, Jakub Lauko, Ian McKinnon

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

Despite a brutal travel schedule, the Providence Bruins earned five out of six points on the road over the last week.

On Wednesday in Hershey, the P-Bruins scored a late goal to force overtime before losing, 4-3. Inexplicably, they traveled home to Rhode Island after the game, then got on the bus again for their game in Bridgeport – a 3-2 win — on Friday night. After that game, they rode the bus to Pennsylvania yet again for Saturday night’s game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Providence won that one by a 5-1 score.

As of Sunday night, Providence held down third place in the Atlantic Division, behind first-place Springfield and second-place Hartford.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— It was an excellent week for Zach Senyshyn, who scored four goals and added two helpers in the three games. He set up a goal in Hershey, scored one in Bridgeport, then scored his second hat trick of the season and an assist against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Providence has won the last 14 games in which he scored a goal.

— The penalty kill is the best in the league at 88.7 percent as of Sunday evening.

— Jack Studnicka played a strong game on Saturday. He scored an empty netter to snap a stretch of five games without a goal. While he didn’t get a point on the play, his faceoff win in the offensive end led to a power-play goal by Senyshyn against the Penguins.

— The line of Oskar Steen-Steven Fogarty-Jesper Froden was dangerous in every game. With his back to the net, Froden banked in a goal off the netminder in Bridgeport. Coach Ryan Mougenel: “Usually when you have offensive guys like that, they tend to cheat, but not these three. I’m impressed with Froden and how hard he plays. Steen has really grown as a player and Fogarty is elite at this level.”

— Cameron Hughes scored his first goal of the season in Hershey and has four points in the last four games. He and Jack Ahcan had 1-1-2 against the Bears.

— Trailing by a goal, Providence outshot Bridgeport, 18-7, in the second period and scored three times, including two goals in 64 seconds in the last minute and a half.

— Sammy Asselin’s pass to Senyshyn for a tap in on Saturday night was a thing of beauty.

— Eduards Tralmaks made a nice play to set up Joona Koppanen’s goal in Bridgeport.

— Brady Lyle scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.

— Ian McKinnon took on Hershey’s Dylan McIlrath, one of the top fighters in the AHL, and acquitted himself well.

BAD

— The P-Bruins gave up two goals in 53 seconds early in the third period in Hershey. That turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit.

— They turned the puck over on a power play against the Bears and allowed Joe Snively to score a shorthanded goal on a breakaway.

— At home, the power play is 27th in the league at 14.3 percent.

UGLY

— Two bus rides to Pennsylvania and back in five days? Brutal.

— Injured/sick: Josiah Didier, John Moore, Nick Wolff, Curtis Hall, Eduards Tralmaks

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

On the sixth weekend of the AHL season, the Providence Bruins spun their wheels.

They posted an impressive 2-1 overtime win over a very good Hartford Wolf Pack team on Friday, then dropped a 3-1 decision on Saturday to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squad that they beat handily on the road a couple of weeks ago.

The loss continued a pattern of not really being able to string together good back-to-back performances.

They did manage to hold their place in the standings, finishing the weekend in a three-way tie for third place in the Atlantic Division with Hershey and Charlotte.

Here is the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Troy Grosenick returned to the crease after missing a month with an ankle injury and played very well with 23 saves in the win over Hartford.

— Oskar Steen’s goal in OT on Friday was a beauty. After taking a pass from Aaron Ness, Steven Fogarty found Steen with a good feed. Steen waited patiently for the right moment to fire the puck past Adam Huska to send the P-Bruins home with a win.

— It was the best weekend of the season for Aaron Ness. He was effective at both ends and assisted on all three of Providence’s goals.

— Continuing his strong two-way play, Steven Fogarty assisted on both goals on Friday. He has 4-7-11 in his last 10 games.

— Urho Vaakanainen continued his solid play. There’s no flash in his game, but that’s OK. He’s been very steady lately.

— Providence’s penalty kill is a bright spot. It is second in the league at 89.1 percent. The PK played a big part in Friday’s win, killing a four-minute high-sticking penalty to John Moore just two minutes into the game.

BAD

— Providence had three power play opportunities in the first 18 minutes in Saturday night’s loss to the Penguins but didn’t take advantage, coming up empty on all three. While they did score a power play goal in the third period, they ended up going 1 for 7 on the night.

— One goal on 43 shots for Providence on Saturday.

UGLY

— The schedule for the coming week is rough. Providence will travel to Hershey for a Wednesday night game. They will return home after the game. They will play at Bridgeport on Friday night and then get on the bus for another trip to Pennsylvania and a game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night. For those keeping score at home, that’s two separate trips to Pennsylvania in the space of five days/nights. Brutal.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Ian McKinnon

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

It was a bit of a rollercoaster week for the Providence Bruins.

They lost a game, won a game and earned a point in an overtime loss. They finished with three out of six points.

The P-Bruins started on a sour note, losing to the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-1, on Wednesday. They bounced back on Friday, beating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 6-3. Then they fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday.

“Overtime, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really happy with that goal. We had a few guys circling in front of our own net. It’s Hockey 101 — stopping and reacting. When you play on the move like that, bad things happen,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— The win over Lehigh Valley on Friday was by far the most entertaining game of the year. Plenty of goals and four fights. It was fun to watch.

— There was a lot of emotion in Friday night’s win, too. Emily Cave, widow of former P-Bruins captain Colby Cave, dropped the puck in a ceremonial faceoff before the game. Then Zach Senyshyn – a close friend of Colby – scored a hat trick, pointing to the heavens after the third goal. It was a special moment.

— Nick Wolff played a strong game against the Phantoms, defending well and standing up for his teammates with two fights. As of the end of the day Sunday, he led the AHL with 42 penalty minutes.

— Urho Vaakanainen, who has been playing well while partnered with Wolff, scored his first goal of the season against Springfield.

— Jack Studnicka scored a goal after a flashy spin-around pass from Brady Lyle on Friday, then used his speed to back off the defense, enter the offensive zone and dish to Jakub Lauko for a goal on Saturday.

— Kyle Keyser dove across the crease to make a fabulous save on Sam Anas of the T-Birds in the third period on Wednesday. Save of the year so far for the P-Bruins.

— Steven Fogarty scored a goal and an assist in the win over the Phantoms. Jesper Froden and Jack Ahcan posted a pair of assists each.

— Chris Wagner blew up Anthony Greco and Libor Hajek of the Wolf Pack with big hits on Saturday.

— Providence’s special teams are trending up. The power play, which went two for four on Friday, is tenth in the league at 21.7 percent. The penalty kill is sixth at 87 percent.

— Jon Gillies is the 19th former Providence College player to skate for the P-Bruins. With 31 saves, he won his third straight start against Lehigh Valley. His save percentage is .948 and his goals-against average is 1.67.

— Jack Dougherty, a veteran of 286 AHL games, was solid in his season debut on Saturday.

BAD

— No one puts a whole lot of stock in plus-minus anymore, but if you’re near the bottom of the league in that stat, well, that’s not where you want to be. Of the 878 AHL players so far, Jakub Lauko’s minus-nine in 12 games is 877th and Cameron Hughes’ minus-nine in nine games falls at No. 875., Alex Nylander of Rockford is last with minus-10 in 10 games.

— Providence was 2:32 away from a win in regulation time against Hartford before the Wolf Pack tied the game with Nick Wolff in the box for cross-checking.

UGLY

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Troy Grosenick, Cameron Hughes, Joona Koppanen, Ian McKinnon

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Jon Gillies, who led Providence College to the 2015 NCAA championship, had a strong weekend in his Providence Bruins debut. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The Providence Bruins took a big step forward on the road over the weekend, returning home from a pair of games in Pennsylvania with four out of four points.

The P-Bruins dominated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 6-2, on Friday, then beat the Hershey Bears, 3-0, on Saturday.

Jon Gillies, who joined the team on a PTO on Wednesday, was the story of the weekend, stopping 58 of 60 shots. Gillies is playing for a contract, whether with the Bruins or another team.

“The one thing that I’m about and our staff is about — we’re big believers in transparency. We told him everything that was going to happen. He was going to get a chance to start and I couldn’t go beyond that,’’ coach Ryan Mougenel said after Gillies blanked Hershey.

“I think that’s the biggest thing you can do with someone who’s looking for those opportunities. There’s a lot of guys in that room and they’re all going through different experiences in their journey. I think he’s no different. There’s a lot of great goalies out there and not a lot of jobs. It’s a tough market, so it’s really great to see him having success. We’ll just keep plugging away.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— The line of Jesper Froden, Steven Fogarty and Oskar Steen had a terrific weekend.

— Red-hot Oskar Steen scored twice on Friday and recorded a pair of helpers on Saturday. He has 5-5-10 in his last five games.

— Steven Fogarty scored a goal and an assist on Friday, then scored twice – off beautiful setups by Steen and Froden — and assisted on another goal on Saturday.

— Jesper Froden has 2-5-7 in his last four games.

— Chris Wagner continues his excellent two-way play. He scored a goal in each game.

— John Moore had a strong weekend, too. He had primary assists on two power play goals on Friday.

— Jon Gillies’ save percentage after the two games is .968.

— Providence went three-for-five on the power play against the Penguins. The PP was 26th in the league a couple of weeks ago, but now is up to 13th, clicking at 21.1 percent.

— Zach Senyshyn scored his first goal of the year on Friday night.

— Matt Filipe had a big shot block as Providence guarded a one-goal lead in the third period against Hershey.

— At the Giant Center on Saturday night, a video tribute to Aaron Ness and Tyler Lewington – longtime Hershey Bears who are now with Providence – was played on the big board. Classy gesture by the Bears.

— Joona Koppanen made a nice play to Eddie Tralmaks, who went top shelf for Providence’s fifth goal on Friday night.

— Providence has killed 15 straight penalties. The PK is third in the AHL at 88.2 percent.

— The P-Bruins moved up to fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They were seventh a week ago. With five straight games at home, they have a great opportunity to continue to move up.

BAD

— The P-Bruins had two clean breakaways on Saturday – Joona Koppanen and Jakub Lauko – and didn’t convert. In fact, both players missed the net.

— Slow start in Hershey. Providence was outshot, 8-2, in the first six minutes of the game.

UGLY

— The team bus arrived home from Hershey at 3 a.m. on Sunday.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Cameron Hughes, Victor Berglund, Troy Grosenick

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

It was one step forward, one step back for the Providence Bruins over the weekend.

They snapped a frustrating offensive dry spell in a 4-3 win at home against Charlotte on Friday night, then lost in Bridgeport, 6-4, on Saturday night, after jumping out to a 4-2 lead.

“We did not defend the right way. It was tough to watch. The forwards were good. (Oskar) Steen and his line were outstanding. (Chris) Wagner was really good. (There were) a lot of good things,” said coach Ryan Mougenel.

“It’s never as bad as you think, but it definitely felt that bad when we were on the bench. It’s been awhile since we’ve gone through that … not being able to defend. But it’s fixable, which is the good news.”

The P-Bruins finished the weekend in seventh place in the eight-team Atlantic Division, but it’s very early and the teams ahead of them are well within reach.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— It’s alive! The offense, that is. The P-Bruins scored eight goals on the weekend after putting the puck in the net just seven times in their previous five games. Hey, it’s a start.

— Oskar Steen, just back from Boston, gave Providence a huge lift with two goals and a pair of assists in Bridgeport. The first score was a well-executed rush on which Brady Lyle entered the zone and passed to Jesper Froden, who dished to Steen for a one-timer. Steen leads the team in scoring with 3-3-6 in four games.

— After going without a point in his first five games, Jesper Froden broke out with two goals on Friday and two assists on Saturday. Jakub Lauko grabbed the puck for Froden after he scored his first AHL goal.

— John Moore had a strong weekend, scoring his first goal on Saturday on a power play, with help from Chris Wagner and Zach Senyshyn creating traffic in front, and adding two assists.

— Jakub Lauko displayed his electric speed in scoring his first goal of the season against Charlotte.

— Joona Koppanen tallied his first goal of the season, taking a pass from Jack Ahcan and overpowering Charlotte goalie Christopher Gibson with a wicked wrister.

— The power play, which had been struggling, scored three times on seven chances in the two games.

BAD

— After playing very well on Friday night, Kyle Keyser gave up four goals on the first 10 shots he faced on Saturday. The blame wasn’t all his, to be sure. He was victimized by some shoddy D-zone coverage and poor puck management in front of him.

— Tough break for Brady Lyle in Bridgeport. He blew a tire in the defensive zone, Simon Holmstrom grabbed the puck and seconds later it was in the net for the third goal for the Islanders.

— Cameron Hughes was on the ice for four Islanders goals and Jakub Lauko for three on Saturday.

— The P-Bruins face a difficult road trip this weekend, with games at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and Hershey on Saturday.

UGLY

— The P-Bruins led 4-2 26 minutes into Saturday’s game, then gave up four straight goals in losing, 6-4.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Troy Grosenick, Nick Wolff, Victor Berglund

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

No doubt about it, the second weekend of the season was a tough one for the Providence Bruins.

They earned a point in a 2-1 overtime loss in Utica on Friday night, but that was as good as it got. They returned home and lost, 4-0, to Laval on Saturday and 4-1 to Springfield on Sunday.

Obviously, you aren’t going to win many games when you score two goals in nine periods, plus a couple of minutes of OT. Sunday was particularly frustrating as Providence fired 40 shots on net but scored just once, on a five-on-three power play.

“We haven’t been capitalizing. Outchancing a team doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’re winning the game. We’ve got to find a better way to get ahead and then put our foot down and close teams out,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Kyle Keyser played well in both of his starts with 29 saves on Friday and 28 on Sunday.

— Oskar Steen showed off his quick hands in scoring his first goal of the season against Utica. He was set up by Cameron Hughes.

— Jakub Lauko made a nice pass to Jack Ahcan, who scored Providence’s only goal on Sunday.

— In his first fight of the season, Ian McKinnon won a clear decision over Michael Pezzetta of Laval on Saturday.

BAD

— Referees Patrick Hanrahan and Mason Riley got the call wrong when they allowed Utica’s first goal on Friday. It was deflected into the net with a high stick.

— In the same game, Jakub Lauko was whistled for holding by Hanrahan after he got tied up with a Comets player. Terrible call.

— Providence’s power play is 26th in the league at 9.5 percent.

— After arriving home from Utica at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, the P-Bruins faced a Laval squad that was rested and ready after not playing on Friday night.

— Providence had a three on one in OT on Friday, but failed to capitalize.

— They were outshot, 16-3, in the first 25 minutes in Utica.

— Through six games, only six players have goals to their name and two of them — Jack Studnicka and Oskar Steen — are on recall to Boston. No one has more than one goal.

UGLY

— With 7 goals on 170 shots, the P-Bruins are scoring on 4.1 percent of their shots.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Troy Grosenick, Victor Berglund, J.D. Greenway