It wasn’t a particularly good weekend for the Providence Bruins, who came away with just 2 of 6 points, losing at home to Hartford, 3-2, winning at Springfield, 6-2, and falling to Syracuse, 4-3, on Sunday.
Providence’s hasn’t given up many third-period leads this season, but they did so on Sunday to a strong Syracuse team.
Coach Jay Leach’s take: “Start to finish, they were a better team. We were a step slow all night. Obviously, it’s our third (game) in three (days) and they had just two and you could see it. In saying that, that’s pro hockey. It’s a lesson for our guys. You’re going to face adversity like that and I didn’t think we responded very well.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The line of Kenny Agostino (1-2-3), Jordan Szwarz (2-1-3) and Austin Czarnik (0-3-3) was dominant in Springfield.
*** Down from Boston, Anders Bjork had 2-2-4 in 3 games and Peter Cehlarik scored a goal in both of the games he played.
*** Tommy Cross scored a goal and three assists with 10 shots for the weekend.
***After a 0 for 26 streak, the power play gained some traction with goals on Saturday and Sunday.
*** The penalty kill was a perfect 8 for 8.
*** After a quiet game on Friday, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson rebounded with a goal and an assist on Saturday and 2 assists on Sunday.
*** The P-Bruins have taken 11 of 12 points from Springfield with 5 wins and an overtime loss.
*** Czarnik and Jordan Binnington were selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic this month. Czarnik is up to 13th in the AHL in scoring with 9-23-32 in 29 games. Binnington has a 10-1-1 record. He has the best goals-against average in the AHL at 1.55 and his .943 save percentage is second.
*** Zane McIntyre allowed 3 goals on 10 shots in 22:55 on Friday.
*** Providence has lost 3 of its last 4 games.
***Injured: Jeremy Lauzon (concussion).
*** The P-Bruins gave up a goal 17 seconds into the game on Sunday and 80 seconds in on Friday.