It’s been a while since the Providence Bruins had a weekend like this one, losing two out of three. They beat Toronto, 3-1, on Friday, then lost to Charlotte, 3-2, on Saturday, and to Springfield, 5-1, on Sunday. All the games were at home. It was the first time they’ve lost back-to-back games in regulation time since Dec. 19 and 21. The P-Bruins finished the weekend in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Lee Stempniak made an impact in his first game with the P-Bruins as he scored the game-winner and set up Steve Kampfer’s shorthanded goal against Toronto.
*** Down by three, the P-Bruins showed good resiliency with two goals in 43 seconds in the third period to make a game of it on Saturday.
*** Paul Carey scored a goal and had five shots in his first game back from injury on Friday.
*** Zane McIntyre had a fine save on Colin Greening’s shorthanded bid in the second period on Friday.
*** No doubt it qualified as a bad goal, but I’m not about to criticize McIntyre for the crazy bounce that got past him on Chris Wideman’s score on Sunday. No goalie could have been prepared for that.
*** The P-Bruins power play went 0 for 8 for the weekend.
*** Providence has the best penalty kill in the AHL at 86.3 percent, but gave up three power play goals to Springfield on Sunday.
*** Providence gave up its 10th shorthanded goal of the season on Sunday after a Jakub Zboril misplay in the neutral zone. Only Stockton and Utica have allowed more.
*** The P-Bruins were whistled for too many men on the ice while on a power play in the first period.
*** With the P-Bruins breaking through center ice on a two on one on Sunday, Connor Clifton took a cross-checking penalty way behind the play.
*** They didn’t mount much of an attack against Charlotte on Saturday with only 13 shots in the first two periods before coming on strong in the third.
*** Referee Brandon Schrader seemed a bit sensitive late in Sunday’s game. After making a marginal elbowing call on Clifton, he slapped captain Jordan Szwarz with a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and a misconduct.
*** Injured: Jeremy Lauzon, Kyle Cumiskey, Cameron Hughes, Austin Fyten, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Anders Bjork.