It’s hard to imagine how things could be going any better for the Providence Bruins. At home all weekend, they started with a 4-3 shootout win over Hartford and then beat Utica twice in overtime, 3-2 and 4-3, extending their winning streak to seven games. In all three games, they came from behind in the third period.
“I don’t really like to talk much after the games, but I told them I really admire their perseverance. There’s just no quit in that room. That’s all on them. They don’t want to lose,’’ said coach Jay Leach after Sunday’s win.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Kenny Agostino’s spectacular OT tally on Sunday is the standard that all other P-Bruins goals this season will be measured against.
*** Austin Czarnik scored the shootout winner on Friday, then assisted on the tying goals in the third period on both Saturday and Sunday. He has 2-6-8 in his last five games.
*** Jordan Szwarz tied the game with 40 seconds left on Saturday and won it in overtime on Saturday. He is tied for third in the AHL with plus-16 in 12 games.
*** The line of Agostino, Zach Senyshyn and Colby Cave made a pretty play on the rush that culminated in Cave’s goal on Friday.
*** Josh Hennessy’s goal in the third period on Sunday was a beauty. He just would not be denied.
*** Jakub Zboril is plus-6 in his last 5 games and is plus-13 in 21 games overall.
*** Since an 8-2 trouncing in Charlotte on Nov. 25, the P-Bruins have reeled off seven straight wins. They have won 9 of 10 since a four-game losing streak in mid-November.
*** With a .708 win percentage, they are first in the Atlantic Division, second in the Eastern Conference and third in the AHL.
*** Providence is one of the top teams in the league even with only one player in the AHL’s top 25 scorers – Czarnik at No. 25 with 8-17-25 in 21 games.
*** They are 3-0 in shootouts.
*** Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Ben Marshall had strong weekends.
*** Connor Clifton and Jesse Gabrielle scored their first pro goals.
*** The second-period boarding penalty against Chris Breen on Sunday was the worst call I’ve seen in any rink all season.
*** The next 8 P-Bruins’ games are on the road.
*** Providence went 1 for 16 on the power play over the weekend. (They made the 1 count, though, as Szwarz’ OT tally on Saturday was on the PP.) The P-Bruins’ PP is 22nd in the AHL at 15.3 percent.
*** The penalty kill gave up 3 goals on 14 shorthanded situations. The PK is 21st in the league at 80.8 percent.
*** The P-Bruins were caught napping for a moment on Friday, allowing Hartford’s Cole Schneider to sneak behind the D for a breakaway goal.
*** Injured: Ryan Fitzgerald (knee), Jeremy Lauzon and Emil Johansson (lower body).