Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

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The Providence Bruins continue to tread water, splitting a home-and-home against Hartford over the weekend. Providence won at home on Friday, 2-1, in overtime, then lost on the road, 3-1, on Saturday.

“We were not good,” coach Jay Leach said of Saturday’s game. “We’re consistently inconsistent. I’m not even worried about (putting only 17 shots on Hartford’s net). We literally gave them 3 goals. We didn’t have more shots because we couldn’t get out of our zone.
“We didn’t make simple plays. We’re trying to save the world. We made blatant mistakes that end up in the back of the net and then we’re trying to play catch up the whole game, as opposed to getting ahead of it and playing simple.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

*** With Boston GM Don Sweeney watching, Austin Czarnik was all over the ice in Friday night’s win, scoring both goals and earning a recall to Boston.

*** Jordan Szwarz made a beautiful play to set up Czarnik’s OT goal on Friday.

*** The line of Ryan Fitzgerald, Szwarz and Czarnik combined for 17 of Providence’s 50 shots on Friday. Fitzgerald had 7 and Szwarz and Czarnik had 5 each.

*** Zane McIntyre made a terrific save late in regulation time on Friday, sending the game to overtime.

*** Both P-Bruins’ goals on Friday were on the power play.

*** Chris Porter had 7 shots on goal on Friday.

*** Colton Hargrove couldn’t have gotten a better bounce off the end boards on his goal in Hartford. He has 10 goals in 28 games after scoring 8 in 67 games last season.

BAD

*** Providence went from 50 shots on Friday night to only 17 on Saturday.

*** Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had 1 shot on Friday and none on Saturday.

*** Peter Cehlarik had only 1 shot in 2 games and his fumble on the power play led to Hartford’s first goal on Saturday.

*** The Kenny Agostino-Szwarz-Fitzgerald line combined for only 2 shots in Saturday’s loss.

*** Providence has managed only 5 goals in the last 3 games.

*** The P-Bruins gave up a shorthanded goal on Saturday. They’ve allowed 8 goals while on the power play, tied for third-most in the AHL.

*** Providence has earned 9 points in its last 10 games.

*** Jeremy Lauzon was minus-2 on Saturday and is minus-5 in his last 5 games.

*** A slow change by the defense led to a 2 on 1 and Hartford’s second goal on Saturday.

*** Tough weekend ahead for the P-Bruins. They play first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton twice at home and Bridgeport on the road. The Sound Tigers, who have given Providence fits, are idle on Friday night before playing the P-Bruins on Saturday. The  Penguins have Saturday night off before playing Providence on Sunday.

*** The next four weekends for the P-Bruins will be 3-in-3s.

UGLY

*** Injured: Chris Breen (lower body), Zach Senyshyn (upper body).

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