There was much more good than bad for the Providence Bruins as they earned four of six points on a tough road trip to Laval, Rochester and Toronto. The P-Bruins very nearly came home with at least five out of six points, if not for some bad luck. They beat Laval, 6-3, on Wednesday, won a 2-1 overtime decision in Rochester on Friday, then lost in Toronto, 4-3, on a tough bounce with 65 seconds left on Saturday afternoon.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Austin Czarnik had 2-1-3 in Laval and added assists in Rochester and Toronto. He is third in the AHL in scoring with 17-38-55 in 50 games.
*** Colby Cave had a fine week with a goal in Laval and two in Toronto.
*** Cave’s linemate, Anton Blidh, scored twice in Laval and set up both of Cave’s goals in Toronto.
*** Providence rallied from down 0-2 and 2-3 to tie the game against the first-in-the-AHL Marlies.
*** Ryan Fitzgerald scored both goals in the 2-1 win in Rochester. He won an offensive zone draw in OT and went to the net to bury the rebound of a Paul Postma shot. Fitzgerald is having a good rookie season with 15 goals.
*** Anton Blidh scored twice in Laval and set up both of Cave’s goals in Toronto.
*** Jordan Szwarz had 1-2-3 in Laval. His plus-30 is third in the AHL.
*** Postma assisted on both goals in Rochester, making a strong play to the net in overtime that led to Fitzgerald’s game-winner.
*** Kenny Agostino broke a nine-game goal-less streak when he scored a breakaway power play goal in Toronto after a beautiful home-run pass from Czarnik.
*** Adam Payerl had a good game against Laval, setting up both of Blidh’s goals.
*** Zane McIntyre is tied for fourth in the league in wins with 20. After stopping 23 of 24 shots in Rochester, Jordan Binnington is tied for third in save percentage at .928.
*** Up from Atlanta, Dan Vladar stopped 23 shots in beating Laval.
*** Toronto had twice as many power plays as Providence – six to three – including five in a row. The Marlies scored the game-winner after a slashing call against the P-Bruins with 65 seconds left.
*** In Toronto, Providence was playing its third game in four nights. The Marlies were well-rested, having not played a game in five days.
*** The P-Bruins’ power play is 23rd in the AHL at 15.5 percent.
*** Toronto’s winning goal on Saturday deflected into the net off the stick of Tommy Cross.
*** Injured: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Peter Cehlarik and Colton Hargrove (upper body), Justin Hickman (lower body)