The Providence Bruins took some hits, on and off the ice, over the last week.
With their lineup depleted by injuries and callups, the P-Bruins managed to earn two of a possible six points on the road.
With Boston on the road, some of Providence’s top players – Jeremy Swayman, Steven Fogarty, Troy Grosenick, Jesper Froden, Tyler Lewington – made the trip as members of the taxi squad. Aaron Ness sat out the weekend before leaving to play for the United States in the Olympics. Callups are part of the deal for every AHL team, but it’s hard to win while missing key players.
In their first game of the week, Providence lost to Utica, the top team in the AHL, by a 4-0 score on Tuesday. On Friday, they showed a lot of resilience in Hartford, coming from behind three times, including twice in the third period, before losing in a shootout, 5-4. On Saturday, they dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in Springfield.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Kyle Keyser played his best game of the season in Springfield, kicking out a career-high 40 shots. His stop on Michael Peca in the third period was one of the saves of the season.
— Cameron Hughes recorded an assist on Friday and two more on Saturday.
— They didn’t have any goals to show for it, but the line of Eduards Tralmaks, Joona Koppanen and Justin Brazeau was Providence’s best in Utica. They got a gift goal in Hartford when Wolf Pack goalie Keith Kincaid went behind the net to play Tralmaks’ dump-in and the puck bounced in front for an easy goal for Koppanen.
— Jack Ahcan continues to be an impact player. He scored a goal in Hartford off a pretty pass from Cam Hughes and added an assist. He also recorded a helper in Springfield. He’s tied for the AHL lead in goals among rookie defensemen with five.
— Andrew Peski scored his first goal in a P-Bruins uniform in Hartford off a good pass by Matt Filipe. A nice rush by Filipe culminated in a rebound goal by Chris Wagner in Springfield.
— Chris Wagner had a good weekend. He recorded a beatdown on Justin Richards of the Wolf Pack in a Friday night bout, then scored a goal in Springfield the next night.
— After starting the week in first place in the Atlantic Division, the P-Bruins finished the weekend in fourth place.
— The penalty kill gave up four goals on 13 penalties in the three games.
— Springfield’s Will Bitten flattened Kyle Keyser in the crease during the second period. Inexplicably, there was no call on the play.
— Injured: Jakub Lauko, Nick Wolff