PROVIDENCE — The Providence Bruins did enough to get the job done on Friday night, beating Springfield, 3-2. “Overall it was good. Our puck management was OK in the first, didn’t love that. Some of our penalties again ….,” said coach Jay Leach. “We were better in our D zone — and we skated. (The Thunderbirds) might not have a lot of finish, but they competed like bastards. I was happy with the way we matched that.”
Here are three takeaways:
Wow, they are good. It was another entertaining and productive night for Providence’s top line of Kenny Agostino (1-2-3), Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (1-0-1) and Peter Cehlarik (1-2-3). Springfield simply has had no answer for them in the first two games. There were shifts again on Friday night where the line barely allowed the Thunderbirds to touch the puck. Enjoy it while it lasts.
After being penalized seven times in Game 1, the P-Bruins were whistled for seven more on Friday. They weren’t what you’d call aggressive penalties: Three for hooking, one each for holding, tripping (that one, on Justin Hickman, was a weak call), slashing and delay of game. It’s too many. A skilled Toronto club will be in town on Saturday. If the P-Bruins aren’t more careful, the Marlies’ power play could really make them pay.
I like what the big center/right wing brought to the lineup after being a healthy scratch on opening night. A straight-line player, he had some good moments on the penalty kill and finished his checks. “He was excellent. He skated. Competed. Had a couple of chances on the kill. He was effective,” said Leach.