After winning five in a row, the Providence Bruins fell hard over the weekend.
They beat last-place Lehigh Valley in overtime, 5-4, at home on Tuesday before crashing. They lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-1, on Friday and to Charlotte, 2-1, on Saturday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and dropped a 4-0 decision at Springfield on Sunday.
Simply put, the bottom fell out of Providence’s offense over the last three games. With a total of 44 goals on the injured list – Jesper Froden (16), Cameron Hughes (14) and Eduards Tralmakes (14) – the P-Bruins were able to score only twice in 180 minutes from Friday to Sunday. That’s not a formula for success.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Johnny Beecher had a night to remember in the win against Lehigh Valley. The rookie center scored his first two goals as a pro, including the OT winner, and was credited with an assist. He has 2-2-4 in six games.
— Back from Boston, Troy Grosenick deserved a better fate on Saturday. He allowed only one goal (the second goal was an empty netter) and was spectacular in kicking out 45 shots. He continues to lead the AHL with a .933 save percentage and 1.99 goals-against average.
— Rookie Georgii Merkulov potted his first goal as a pro on Tuesday and had a nice assist on a power-play goal by Justin Brazeau on Friday. He has 1-3-4 in five games.
— After playing sparingly with Boston, Jack Studnicka scored Providence’s only goal on Saturday. He had a game-high eight shots in that game and six more on Sunday.
— Alex-Olivier Voyer, who was briefly in the hospital with an infection early in the week, stepped up during Sunday’s loss in Springfield. With his team spinning its wheels, he tried to provide a spark by fighting Springfield’s Tyler Tucker. It didn’t work, but Voyer won the fight.
— A stretch of 12 games in 24 days so far in April took a toll. Providence didn’t have anything left in the tank in Springfield. They fell behind early and had a difficult time generating good chances.
— Uncharacteristically, the P-Bruins allowed 41 shots against the Penguins on Friday and 47 against the Checkers on Saturday.
— Oskar Steen has one goal in his last 21 games.
— No goals in his last 37 games for Jakub Lauko.
— Curtis Hall hasn’t scored in 28 games.
— It was a rough day for the defense pair of Tyler Lewington and Mike Callahan in Springfield. They were on the ice for three of the four goals by the Thunderbirds.
— The P-Bruins have scored one goal in their last eight-plus periods.
— Injured: Cameron Hughes, Eduards Tralmaks, Nick Wolff, Aaron Ness, Georgii Merkulov (sick)