The Providence Bruins continued their strong play last week, extending their winning streak to three with a pair of victories.
They came from behind to beat Hartford, 4-2, on the road last Tuesday, then led from start to finish in a 4-1 win against Bridgeport in Marlboro on Thursday.
“I thought it was a sharp performance,’’ coach Jay Leach said after the victory over the Sound Tigers. “We dealt with some penalties, both early and late, that we had to really kind of dig in on.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— With a 7-2 record and 14 points in 9 games, Providence is second in the AHL with a points percentage of .778 as of Sunday evening. The P-Bruins lead Hartford and Bridgeport in the Atlantic Division by 10 points.
— Rookie Sammy Asselin scored a hat trick in Hartford and added an assist against Bridgeport.
— Providence’s goaltending has been second to none from the start. Dan Vladar played well in Hartford and Jeremy Swayman extended his record to 5-0 with the win over Bridgeport. Swayman (.935) and Vladar (.934) are in the top 10 in the AHL in save percentage.
— After setting up a pair of goals against the Wolf Pack, Oskar Steen scored twice against Bridgeport.
— Anton Blidh assisted on both of Steen’s goals. On the first, he pressured Bridgeport goalie C.J. Motte into fumbling the puck, which Steen put in the net. On the second, he fed a perfect pass from behind the goal to Steen, who buried it.
— Robert Lantosi scored a goal and an assist against the Sound Tigers for his first multi-point game of the season.
— Brady Lyle continued to display his hard shot. He fired the puck past Hartford goalie Dylan Garand for his third goal of the season.
— The power play snapped out of a dry spell, going 2 for 5 in Hartford.
— The penalty killers did a nice job against Bridgeport, killing off four third period penalties.
— After being sent down from Boston, Karson Kuhlman scored his first goal of the season against Bridgeport.
— Jakub Lauko scored a decision over Parker Wotherspoon of Bridgeport when they dropped the gloves on Thursday.
— Providence was outshot, 17-5, in the third period against the Wolf Pack.
— The P-Bruins took four penalties and were shorthanded for eight minutes in the third period against Bridgeport.
— Injured: Curtis Hall (week to week, but back on the ice as he recovers from leg injury), Brendan Woods