It was a very productive weekend for the Providence Bruins as they earned five of six points. They came from two goals down to beat Hartford, 6-3, at home on Friday. On a late goal, they beat Springfield, 4-3, on the road on Saturday. They grabbed a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Thunderbirds on Sunday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Peter Cehlarik is on a hot streak with 5-2-7 in his last four games. He had a goal on Friday, two goals and an assist on Saturday and an assist on Sunday. His pass to Paul Carey for the winning goal in Springfield was a beauty.
*** After being acquired in a trade on Friday, Carey had a goal and an assist in his first game on Saturday, including the game-winner with 61 seconds left.
*** Gemel Smith had a five-point weekend, including three assists on Saturday, one of them a nifty setup for a goal by Trent Frederic on the power play. He has 6-6-12 in 12 games.
*** Zane McIntyre is playing his best hockey of the season. He is 4-0 in his last four starts.
*** Cameron Hughes snapped a 12-game goal-less streak on Sunday.
*** Chris Breen’s shorthanded empty-netter on Friday was his first goal of the season.
*** Karson Kuhlman had a goal and an assist on Saturday. Frederic had 1-1-2 on Saturday.
*** The P-Bruins roared back from a two-goal deficit on Friday with four straight goals.
*** Zach Senyshyn made a nice play off the rush to set up Anton Blidh’s goal against Hartford.
*** Urho Vaakanainen made a slick pass to set up a Cehlarik power-play goal in Springfield.
*** Dan Vladar’s 38 saves on Sunday was a career high.
*** With 42 points, Providence is one point behind Lehigh Valley, which holds the last playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. They are in much better position than they were a few weeks ago.
*** The P-Bruins let a 3-0 lead slip away on Saturday before pulling out the win.
*** They gave up another shorthanded goal on Friday. They’s allowed nine goals while on the power play, third-most in the AHL.
*** Springfield’s winning goal on Sunday came with one second left in overtime.
*** Providence took another delay-of-game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass on Sunday.
*** Very tough bounce over Chris Breen’s stick off a faceoff led to Springfield’s second goal on Saturday.
*** The P-Bruins gave up four power-play goals on 14 penalties in three games.
*** Injured: Ryan Fitzgerald, Anders Bjork, Jakub Zboril.