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.
*** 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.
*** 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.
*** 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.