The Providence Bruins opened their first three-in-three weekend of the season with a rousing come-from-behind 4-3 OT victory in Hartford on Friday night. After losing both their games the previous weekend, it looked like they’d figured some things out.
But the P-Bruins failed to build on the win. They mounted another big rally before dropping a 4-3 decision to Hartford at home on Saturday and lost 6-3 at Springfield on Sunday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The P-Bruins trailed by two with under 10 minutes left in Hartford on Friday before Anton Blidh and Trent Frederic scored 1:32 apart to tie the game, setting the stage for overtime.
*** Cody Goloubef started his Providence career with a bang, scoring the winner 63 seconds into OT in his first game.
*** Blidh has been one of the P-Bruins best players in the early going. Always a relentless forechecker and agitator, he scored in two straight games, including a Gordie Howe hat trick on Saturday.
*** Zach Senyshyn scored a goal on Saturday and another on Sunday.
*** Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson, Frederic and Ryan Fitzgerald recorded their first goals of the season over the weekend.
*** Chris Breen played a strong game on defense in Hartford, as did Urho Vaakanainen, who led all players with six shots on goal.
*** Colby Cave played a good two-way game all weekend and had a goal and an assist on Saturday.
*** Mark McNeill quietly leads the team in scoring with 2-3-5 in 5 games.
*** Jordan Szwarz and Peter Cehlarik are both looking for their first goals of the season.
*** Jakub Zboril got caught up ice on Hartford’s shorthanded goal on Saturday. The pairing of Zboril and Jeremy Lauzon were flat-footed and backing in on Hartford’s fourth goal, by John Gilmour, on Saturday.
*** No question Zane McIntyre’s numbers weren’t pretty on Sunday – 14 saves on 20 shots – but none of the goals was soft. He made a bunch of timely stops in Friday night’s win.
*** Yeah, I know plus-minus is no longer considered a meaningful stat, but some P-Bruins are piling up some not-so-good numbers: Zboril -7; Szwarz and Fitzgerald -5; Cehlarik -4.
*** On Sunday, Providence gave up three goals in a span of 2:04 early in the second period. Frederic did a poor job managing the puck on the first goal. Vaakanainen got caught too deep in the offensive zone on the second goal. JFK failed to handle Zboril’s pass in the defensive zone, leading to the third goal.
*** Providence finished the weekend with a 1-4 record. They are seventh in the eight-team Atlantic Division.
*** Injured: David Broll (hand).