It wasn’t an especially good week for the Providence Bruins. After a pair of disappointing losses, they salvaged two points with a win in their final game before the holiday break.
The P-Bruins were beaten in Hartford, 3-0, on Wednesday, then lost in Binghamton, 6-3, on Friday, before hanging on for a 5-4 win in Springfield on Saturday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The P-Bruins went 3 for 6 on the power play in the win in Springfield. Their PP is now seventh in the league at 22 percent.
*** Mark McNeill set up a goal in Binghamton, then scored once and assisted on two other goals in Springfield in his best game of the season.
*** Jordan Szwarz scored his 100th goal in the AHL and added two helpers in Springfield. One of the assists was a perfect pass to Peter Cehlarik for a goal.
*** Anton Blidh forced a turnover and then scored on a nice shot in Binghamton. He followed that up with a very strong game at both ends of the ice in Springfield. He was especially good when Providence was protecting its one-goal lead late in the third period.
*** Cehlarik has put together a good stretch with six points in the last six games, including 1-1-2 on Saturday. He is now second on the team in scoring with 5-15-20 in 28 games.
*** Connor Clifton scored a goal 16 seconds into the game in Binghamton, then scored again the next night in Springfield.
*** New addition Gemel Smith scored his first Providence goal in Binghamton.
*** Chris Breen cold-cocked Hartford rookie Tim Gettinger in a fight.
*** In Hartford, Providence was shut out for the first time this season.
*** They gave up shorthanded goals in Hartford and Binghamton for a total of seven this season. Only three teams have allowed more.
*** The P-Bruins are seventh in the Atlantic Division with 31 points in 31 games. They are going to have to pick up the pace in order to make the playoffs.
*** The P-Bruins blew a 2-0 lead in Binghamton, but led 3-2 at the end of the second period. Then the final period was a disaster. Providence outshot the Devils, 17-7, but were outscored, 4-0.
*** Cruising along with a 5-1 third period lead in Springfield, the P-Bruins gave up three goals in 1:50 and had to hang on for the win.
*** Injured: Zach Senyshyn, Jakub Zboril, Kyle Cumiskey, Cody Goloubef.