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.
*** 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.
*** The penalty kill allowed three goals on nine penalties in the two games against Bridgeport.
*** Injured: Chris Breen, Kyle Cumiskey, Cameron Hughes, Anders Bjork