Facing two of the top teams in the AHL, the Providence Bruins lost two out of three games, but finished the weekend with a big win. With 10 rookies in the lineup, they lost 5-2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday; dropped a 2-0 decision at Lehigh Valley on Friday; then bounced back with a very solid 3-1 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday.
“(Lehigh Valley was) really good (Friday) night and we were very average. They caught us not at our best. Probably the way that we caught them the weekend before,’’ said coach Jay Leach.
“Saturday was a good game for us. We were up against it, looking at a tough road trip, and everybody responded really well. That’s a huge win for us.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The penalty kill was perfect in 10 shorthanded situations, and is up to sixth in the league at 84.3 percent.
*** With a goal and an assist, Adam Payerl played a terrific game in Saturday’s win.
*** The power play is 20th in the league, but came through big time on Saturday with two goals.
*** The P-Bruins went 9-5 in March. They went 3-2 in their last five in a brutal stretch against Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
*** Jordan Szwarz hit the 20-goal mark for the second straight season on Saturday. A day earlier, Boston signed him to a well-deserved contract extension.
*** Providence’s third goal on Saturday was beautiful as the puck went from Tommy Cross to Austin Czarnik to Ryan Fitzgerald to Szwarz for the score.
*** Jakub Zboril played a good all-around game on Wednesday. He scored a goal and an assist as well as defending and moving the puck well.
*** Jordan Binnington kept the P-Bruins in the game with 32 saves on Friday and was rock-solid with 34 stops on Saturday. He allowed only one goal in each game. His save on Danick Martel in the second period on Friday was a beaut.
*** Anton Blidh had a pretty snipe on Wednesday.
*** Providence has 10 players with 10 or more goals.
*** The P-Bruins have given up only 166 goals, third-fewest in the league.
*** Five of Providence’s last seven games are against teams that won’t make the playoffs.
*** The P-Bruins gave up three goals in 4:09 early in the second period in Wednesday’s loss. It started with a bad angle goal by Daniel Sprong on Zane McIntyre.
*** Tough couple of minutes for Zboril late in the first period on Saturday. He turned the puck over on the Penguins’ first goal, then took a slashing penalty.
*** Peter Cehlarik was injured on a hit by Andrey Pedan of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday. Pedan received two minutes for interference and was later suspended for two games by the AHL. It’s the second time this season that Pedan has injured a Providence player. He received a three-game suspension in November for a hit on Zboril.
*** The bus from the hotel to the rink for Tuesday’s 10:30 a.m. game in Bridgeport leaves at 7:45.
*** Providence was outshot 19-1 in the second period of Friday’s loss at Lehigh Valley.
*** Injured: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Kenny Agostino, Josh Hennessey, Cehlarik (all upper body), Justin Hickman (lower body).