The Providence Bruins split their only two games over the weekend. They lost in Hartford, 6-4, on Friday, then won in a shootout in Springfield, 2-1, on Saturday, sending them into the brief Christmas break on a positive note.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** After another strong performance in Saturday’s shootout win, Jordan Binnington is 8-1-1. His .936 save percentage is third in the AHL and his 1.65 goals against average is second.
*** In Springfield, Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson scored the only goal for the P-Bruins in regulation, then tucked the shootout winner.
*** They are 4-0 in shootouts, the best record in the AHL.
*** Providence is first in the Atlantic Division with a .690 points percentage. That’s good for third in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league.
*** Justin Hickman scored twice in Hartford.
***Matt Beleskey notched his first goal for Providence against the Wolf Pack.
*** Josh Hennessy set a perfect screen on Beleskey’s goal on Friday and buried one in the shootout on Saturday.
*** Colby Cave played his first NHL game for Boston on Dec. 21 against Winnipeg.
*** Zane McIntyre was beaten by Peter Holland from a sharp angle in the first minute of the loss at Hartford. Since shutting out Hershey on Dec. 13, his save percentage is .855 in two starts plus a 33-minute relief stint.
*** Holding a one-goal lead going into the third period in Hartford, the P-Bruins gave up four straight goals.
*** After a 0-for-7 weekend, Providence’s power play is 25th in the league at 14.3 percent. On the PK, they gave up a power play goal in each game, leaving the kill at 21st in the AHL at 81 percent.
*** Injured: Jordan Szwarz, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jeremy Lauzon.