A quarter of the way through this pandemic-shortened season, the Providence Bruins are right where they want to be – in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The P-Bruins split a pair of games in the last few days. They lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-2, in Marlboro on Thursday, then beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2, in Connecticut on Saturday.
“I thought we had too many passengers (in the loss to Bridgeport),’’ coach Jay Leach said after Saturday’s win. “Today, everyone was engaged and we’re obviously very excited to have gotten the win. This building can be a really hard place to play and I thought we handled that well today.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Zach Senyshyn continued his strong play. He made a nice play to set up a goal by Brady Lyle against Bridgeport, then scored a goal and added an assist against Hartford. This is his best stretch of games in his four seasons with the P-Bruins. He is leading the team in goals with four and is second in points with seven. Senyshyn is putting himself in good position for a callup if Boston needs a winger.
— Cameron Hughes had two assists in Hartford. His pass to Jakub Lauko for the GWG in the third period was a beauty. He has six points in seven games.
— Jack Ahcan continued his strong play, scoring his first pro goal and earning an assist in Saturday’s victory.
— With two assists on Saturday, Paul Carey now has points in five straight games. He leads the team in scoring with 0-8-8 in seven games.
— With a 5-2 record, 10 points and a .714 points percentage, the P-Bruins lead the Atlantic Division by six points and are tied for fifth in the AHL.
— Anton Blidh scored his first goal of the season with an empty-netter in Hartford.
— Tommy Cross played his game with the team since 2018 on Saturday.
— Alex-Olivier Voyer earned a W in his fight with Felix Bibeau on Thursday.
— With 27 saves against the Wolf Pack, Jeremy Swayman improved his record to 4-0. His save percentage is .929.
— After a dry spell, the P-Bruins’ power-play got back on track with a goal in Hartford.
— Providence led going into the third period against the Sound Tigers, but allowed two power play goals and lost the game.
— Pavel Shen took three stick penalties — high-sticking, slashing, hooking – against Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers tied the game during the third penalty. Shen didn’t see the ice after that and didn’t dress for Saturday’s game.
— Injured: Curtis Hall, Brendan Woods