Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

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The Providence Bruins won just one of three road games last week, but the win was a beauty. After losing, 2-0, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, they outshot the North Division-leading Crunch, 33-20, in a 3-2 win on Friday, then lost at Hershey, 2-1, on Saturday.

With six games left, Providence is fourth in the Atlantic Division and holds the last playoff slot. As of Monday, they are five points ahead of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and six points up on Lehigh Valley. The magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 10.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

*** Providence rebounded nicely in the win in Syracuse as Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal just 15 seconds after the Crunch tied the game in the third period. Then the P-Bruins added a goal by Gemel Smith 2:18 later.

*** Peter Cehlarik made a nifty backhand pass on Lee Stempniak’s goal in Hershey. The Bears gave Stempniak time and space and he took advantage.

*** Stempniak was in on every goal on the weekend with 2-2-4. He put on a show in Syracuse, scoring after taking a beautiful pass from Jordan Szwarz, then handing out perfect passes to JFK and Gemel Smith for goals.

*** Cooper Zech wiped out Hershey’s Shane Gersich with an old-fashioned hip check on Saturday.

*** Jeremy Lauzon gave Syracuse’s Gabriel Dumont a sound thrashing in a fight on Friday.

*** Four of Providence’s final six games will be at home, where they are 22-7-4-1.

BAD

*** The P-Bruins scored just four goals in three games.

*** No one likes giving up a goal in the first minute of a period. Hershey got one 17 seconds into the third period to tie the game.

*** Providence’s power play went 1 for 15, including 0 for 7 in Hershey.

***  The P-Bruins were whistled for yet another penalty for shooting the puck over the glass in Hershey. The Bears scored the game-winner on the ensuing power play.

UGLY

*** After three road games in four nights, the bus home from Hershey pulled into Providence at 4:15 a.m. on Sunday.

***Injured: Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Breen, Gemel Smith, Jakub Zboril, Cameron Hughes, Anders Bjork.

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