It was one step forward, one step back for the Providence Bruins over the weekend.
They snapped a frustrating offensive dry spell in a 4-3 win at home against Charlotte on Friday night, then lost in Bridgeport, 6-4, on Saturday night, after jumping out to a 4-2 lead.
“We did not defend the right way. It was tough to watch. The forwards were good. (Oskar) Steen and his line were outstanding. (Chris) Wagner was really good. (There were) a lot of good things,” said coach Ryan Mougenel.
“It’s never as bad as you think, but it definitely felt that bad when we were on the bench. It’s been awhile since we’ve gone through that … not being able to defend. But it’s fixable, which is the good news.”
The P-Bruins finished the weekend in seventh place in the eight-team Atlantic Division, but it’s very early and the teams ahead of them are well within reach.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— It’s alive! The offense, that is. The P-Bruins scored eight goals on the weekend after putting the puck in the net just seven times in their previous five games. Hey, it’s a start.
— Oskar Steen, just back from Boston, gave Providence a huge lift with two goals and a pair of assists in Bridgeport. The first score was a well-executed rush on which Brady Lyle entered the zone and passed to Jesper Froden, who dished to Steen for a one-timer. Steen leads the team in scoring with 3-3-6 in four games.
— After going without a point in his first five games, Jesper Froden broke out with two goals on Friday and two assists on Saturday. Jakub Lauko grabbed the puck for Froden after he scored his first AHL goal.
— John Moore had a strong weekend, scoring his first goal on Saturday on a power play, with help from Chris Wagner and Zach Senyshyn creating traffic in front, and adding two assists.
— Jakub Lauko displayed his electric speed in scoring his first goal of the season against Charlotte.
— Joona Koppanen tallied his first goal of the season, taking a pass from Jack Ahcan and overpowering Charlotte goalie Christopher Gibson with a wicked wrister.
— The power play, which had been struggling, scored three times on seven chances in the two games.
— After playing very well on Friday night, Kyle Keyser gave up four goals on the first 10 shots he faced on Saturday. The blame wasn’t all his, to be sure. He was victimized by some shoddy D-zone coverage and poor puck management in front of him.
— Tough break for Brady Lyle in Bridgeport. He blew a tire in the defensive zone, Simon Holmstrom grabbed the puck and seconds later it was in the net for the third goal for the Islanders.
— Cameron Hughes was on the ice for four Islanders goals and Jakub Lauko for three on Saturday.
— The P-Bruins face a difficult road trip this weekend, with games at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and Hershey on Saturday.
— The P-Bruins led 4-2 26 minutes into Saturday’s game, then gave up four straight goals in losing, 6-4.
— Injured: Josiah Didier, Troy Grosenick, Nick Wolff, Victor Berglund