After winning nine of ten games, the Providence Bruins fell back to earth over the last week.
After coming from behind in the third period for a workmanlike 3-1 win in Toronto on Tuesday, the P-Bruins lost in Belleville on Wednesday, 4-1, then dropped a pair at home to Bridgeport, 7-4, on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday.
Their best defenseman, Jack Ahcan, is on recall to Boston and their top goalie, Troy Grosenick is out with an injury. The P-Bruins were due to lose a few games after their torrid winning stretch and the absence of Ahcan and Grosenick didn’t help.
Springfield leapfrogged Providence and took over first place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .627 as of the end of the day on Sunday. The P-Bruins are second at .608, followed by Hartford (.587) and Charlotte (.579).
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Despite Saturday’s night loss, there were some offensive bright lights. Cameron Hughes had a goal and two assists, Jack Studnicka recorded three assists and Victor Berglund had a goal and an assist.
— After Oskar Steen was buried from behind by Bridgeport’s Seth Helgeson, who was penalized for boarding on Sunday, Tyler Lewington stood up for his teammate by going right at Helgeson as soon as he got out of the box and fighting him.
— Providence limited Toronto to only 15 shots on goal.
— Zach Senyshyn scored twice against the Marlies. His career-high 18 goals continues to lead the team.
— The P-Bruins were outshot, 20-5, and gave up three goals in the third period of the loss in Belleville.
— On Saturday, Kyle Keyser allowed six goals on 29 shots before getting the hook after two periods. Things started to go south when defensive defenseman Helgeson beat Keyser through the five-hole with a wrister with 30 seconds left in the first period.
— There was plenty of blame to go around on Saturday night. Turnovers by Tyler Lewington and Jack Studnicka led to a pair of Bridgeport goals in the second period.
— The second period of Saturday’s game wasn’t just bad. It was – pick your adjective – ugly, hideous, grotesque.
The P-Bruins gave up four goals in 1:58. They were outshot, 14-4.
There probably have been worse two-minute stretches in the team’s 30-year history, but none come to mind.
— Injured: Troy Grosenick, John Moore, Nick Wolff, Matt Filipe, Blake Hillman