The goal-starved Providence Bruins came home from a three-game weekend in Pennsylvania with just two out of six points. They dropped a 2-1 decision against Lehigh Valley on Friday; scored four times in the third period for a come-from-behind 4-1 win in Hershey on Saturday; and lost 2-1 in Hershey on Sunday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The P-Bruins have 8 games at home in January and only 3 on the road, none outside New England. Time to get their playoff push going.
*** In the next couple of weeks, Providence with 33 points has a good chance to gain ground on Springfield, which holds the last Atlantic Division playoff slot with 37 points. Four of the P-Bruins’ next 7 games are against the Thunderbirds.
*** In his first game back after missing several weeks with an injury, Cody Goloubef scored twice on Saturday against the Bears.
*** Mark McNeill has 2-5-7 in his last 5 games, including 1-2-3 on Saturday night.
*** Karson Kuhlman has goals in two straight games.
*** Anton Blidh didn’t have a point over the weekend, but left it all out there in every game, blocking shots, getting in fast and physical on the forecheck and getting under the skin of opponents.
*** Zane McIntyre played a strong game in Saturday’s win, stopping 23 of 24 shots.
*** Chris Breen and Blidh had huge shot blocks with the P-Bruins on the penalty kill while guarding a one-goal lead late in the game on Saturday.
*** Joona Koppanen scored his first goal of the season against the Phantoms.
*** The P-Bruins scored just six goals – including two empty-netters – in three games.
*** Some of Providence’s top scorers have hit a dry spell. Ryan Fitzgerald has gone 13 straight games without a goal. Anders Bjork has none in 9 games. Cameron Hughes has 1 goal in 16 games.
*** Providence received delay of game penalties for shooting the puck over the glass in both games in Hershey. Don’t know if they lead the AHL in those calls, but it feels like it.
*** Injured: Zach Senyshyn, Jakub Zboril, Kyle Cumiskey.