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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.