With a number of their better players on recall in Boston, the Providence Bruins went 1-2 over the weekend. They lost 1-0 at home to Bridgeport on Friday; defeated Hartford 5-0 on the road on Saturday; and absorbed a 6-0 beating at the hands of Bridgeport at The Dunk on Sunday.
Here’s how coach Jay Leach summed it up: “It allows us to kind of see where we’re at. We’ve lost some bodies. We’ve got guys that we’re looking at to play significant minutes. We can assess where they are and move on from there. In that regard, I think it’s a weekend that we should build upon. Obviously there are some things we need to work on.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Jordan Binnington pitched a tidy 33-save shutout in Hartford. He has a .943 save percentage in three starts.
*** Dan Vladar played very well on Friday night, making 31 saves in a tough-luck loss. His save percentage in two starts is .949.
*** Providence’s power play bounced back with 2-for-3 on Saturday after going 0-for-4 on Friday.
*** After going without a point in four straight games, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored a goal and set up another in Hartford.
*** The puck’s not going in for Colby Cave, but he continues to play a strong 200-foot game.
*** Colton Hargrove has four points (3-1-4) in his last four games.
*** Sena Acolatse provided a physical presence with three fights and some hard hits.
*** It’s been a while since there were four fights in a game at The Dunk. Acolatse (2), Tommy Cross and Adam Payerl all answered the bell on Sunday.
*** Terry Koharski slapped Acolatse with a double minor for attempted butt-ending late in Friday’s game. Questionable, at best. Same goes for the faceoff violation called by linesman Libor Suchanek on Sunday.
*** Tough one for Zane McIntyre on Sunday. Just back from Boston and making his first start in 10 days, he gave up 6 goals on 37 shots.
*** The P-Bruins didn’t record their first shot on net until 9:14 into Friday’s game.
*** Jesse Gabrielle had a team-high 5 shots on Saturday, but couldn’t beat either of Hartford’s goalies. He’s still looking for his first goal.
*** Five of Providence next seven games are on the road.
*** Peter Cehlarik (lower body) has missed six straight games.
*** Connor Clifton was minus-four on Sunday.