Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

sunday

No doubt about it, the Providence Bruins had a good weekend. They won two of three games and moved to the brink of clinching a place in the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

With a lineup depleted by injuries and callups, Providence outscored Bridgeport, 8-5, at home on Friday. With an even more depleted lineup on Saturday, the P-Bruins hung in before losing, 4-3, at Bridgeport. On Sunday, Providence got four players back from Boston and earned a 3-1 victory over Utica at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The P-Bruins finished the weekend with a magic number of one to make the playoffs.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

*** Paul Carey was brilliant all weekend. He scored twice on both Friday and Saturday and had 5-3-8 for the weekend. He’s scored 21 goals in 29 games since being acquired from Belleville, including 13 goals in the last 13 games.

*** Providence finished the weekend five points ahead of fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with three games left in the regular season.

*** The power play was 3 for 4 on Friday and 4 for 11 for the weekend.

*** Cooper Zech had an assist in all three games.

*** Zane McIntyre was excellent on Sunday, making some key saves in the third period to protect the lead.

*** Tanner Pond walked a Bridgeport defenseman and set up Mark McNeill for a goal with a pretty pass on Friday night.

*** Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored in all three games and has four goals in his last five games.

*** In his first game with Providence, Victor Berglund scored his first AHL goal.

*** Jordan Szwarz had 1-3-4 for the weekend.

*** Providence scored a season-high eight goals on Friday.

BAD

*** The penalty kill allowed three goals on nine penalties in the two games against Bridgeport.

UGLY

*** Injured: Chris Breen, Kyle Cumiskey, Cameron Hughes, Anders Bjork

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