Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Jack Ahcan, Steven Fogarty and Oskar Steen celebrate Fogarty’s overtime goal on Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

 You could hardly blame the Providence Bruins for breathing a sigh of relief Monday night after a 4-3 overtime win against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

They needed a victory in the worst way to salvage a weekend at home that saw them lose in OT to the Springfield Thunderbirds, 1-0, on Friday and lose to the Syracuse Crunch, 4-1, on Sunday.

Providence had a win in regulation time within reach against Hartford, but gave up a goal with 2:36 left that forced extra time. To their credit, they quickly reset and were rewarded when Steven Fogarty scored the game-winner just 45 seconds into OT.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Joona Koppanen continues to have a breakthrough season. With 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 56 games, he’s equaled his offensive output from his first four seasons combined (16-12-28 in 119 games). He combined with Chris Wagner and Nick Wolff to score a pretty shorthanded goal and set up Matt Filipe’s goal against Hartford. Koppanen, who has developed into a standout defensive center, leads the team with plus-23.

— Jesper Froden scored Providence’s only goal on Sunday and scored a big power-play goal to tie Monday night’s game.

— Steven Fogarty had a strong game against Hartford, setting up a goal and burying the winner in OT.

— Kyle Keyser stopped Syracuse’s Anthony Richard on a penalty shot on Sunday.

— Providence is second in the league on the penalty kill at 84.5 percent. Cam Hughes, Chris Wagner and Joona Koppanen have been standouts on the PK.

BAD

— The P-Bruins have slid to third place in the extremely tight Atlantic Division race with a .600 points percentage. With 12 games left in the regular season, they trail Springfield (.633) and Charlotte (.609).

— The P-Bruins were in a 2-6-3 slide – seven of a possible 22 points — before pulling out Monday night’s OT win. They are winless in their last four games on the road.

— A tough turnover by Nick Wolff opened the door for Hartford’s first goal on Monday.

— Sure looked to me like the officials got the too-many-men call against Providence wrong on Sunday.

— When two Syracuse players collided and Providence broke in on a 5 on 2, Oskar Steen had most of the net to shoot at, but he pulled his shot wide.

UGLY

— Goals have been hard to come by lately – just 11 in 9 games before Monday. The departure of 19-goal scorer Zach Senyshyn in a trade and the recall of Jack Studnicka to Boston have put a dent in Providence’s offense.

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