The Providence Bruins extended their winning streak to four with a pair of victories last week as they continue to run away from Hartford and Bridgeport in the Atlantic Division.
The P-Bruins beat the Sound Tigers in Marlboro, 5-2, on Monday, then defeated the Wolf Pack in Hartford, 6-1, on Saturday.
After 14 games, Providence is 11-2-1 and is 16 points up on second-place Hartford in the division. Going into Sunday’s games, they are second in the AHL with a points percentage of .821. Only the Henderson Silver Knights (.857) are ahead of them.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Jakub Lauko scored a goal and set one up against the Wolf Pack. He has 5-8-13 and is a team-high plus-10 in 13 games.
— Paul Carey scored his first goal of the season on Saturday and it was a beauty.
— With a pair of assists on Saturday, Cameron Hughes has a five-game point streak and nine points in his last five games. Hughes leads the team in scoring with 4-11-15 in 14 games.
— Brady Lyle recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick and was plus-three against Bridgeport.
— The P-Bruins had only 16 skaters – 10 forwards and 6 defensemen — on Monday instead of 18 because of injuries and callups, but they won anyway.
— Providence continues to get top-notch goaltending. With Dan Vladar and Jeremy Swayman on recall to Boston, Callum Booth stepped in and stopped 36 of 38 shots in the win against Bridgeport, then Kyle Keyser kicked out 27 of 28 to beat Hartford.
— Matt Filipe had a good game on Saturday and made one of the nicest plays of the season to set up Alex-Olivier Voyer for a goal.
— Go to the net and good things happen, they say. Voyer did that and potted two goals against the Wolf Pack.
— Joel Messner scored a goal and was plus-four in Hartford.
— Tommy Cross scored twice in Monday’s game. Before that, his last goal for the P-Bruins was on Feb. 11, 2018.
— Ian McKinnon continued to make his presence known with an assist in each game and a fight against Bridgeport.
— Robert Lantosi had 1-1-2 against Bridgeport.
— Cooper Zech returned to the lineup after missing a few games with an injury and was plus-three in Hartford.
— Pavel Shen scored his first goal of the season against the Sound Tigers and it turned out to be the game-winner.
— The P-Bruins went 2 for 6 on the power play in the two games. They are fifth in the AHL in PP opportunities with 61.
— Let’s be real. There really isn’t anything that falls into the “bad’’ category.
— Injured: Brendan Woods