The Providence Bruins are two points away from clinching their eighth straight playoff slot after taking four of six points from Friday to Monday.
The P-Bruins started with a tough 3-2 loss at Bridgeport on Friday night. They bounced back with a dominating 6-2 victory at home against the Islanders on Saturday night. Then they gutted out a 2-1 win at home on Monday against Lehigh Valley.
At the end of the night on Monday, Providence was in third place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .603, trailing Charlotte (.619) and Springfield (.612).
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Troy Grosenick continues to be Providence’s most valuable player. He leads the AHL with a .931 save percentage and a 2.02 goals-against average.
— With the P-Bruins struggling to score, Jesper Froden came up with big plays, scoring twice on Saturday night and setting up Aaron Ness’ goal that tied the game on Monday. Froden is up to 16 goals.
— One of Victor Berglund’s strong suits is his ability to get his shot through from the point. He scored his sixth of the season on the power play with a drive from downtown on Monday. It turned out to the game-winner.
— Eduards Tralmaks had a goal and an assist in both games against Bridgeport. With 14 goals on 58 shots, his shooting percentage of 24.1 is fifth in the league.
— Justin Brazeau had two assists on Saturday night. Steven Fogarty recorded a pair of assists on Saturday and another one on Monday. Oskar Steen had one helper on Saturday and two on Monday.
— Josiah Didier scored his first goal of the season on Saturday night.
— Mike Callahan was credited with his first point as a pro when he assisted on Alex-Olivier Voyer’s goal on Saturday.
— After sitting out a game as a healthy scratch, Sammy Asselin bounced back with a two-assist game in Bridgeport.
— Providence allowed only one shot while killing a four-minute penalty early against Lehigh Valley. They went on to kill all six penalties in the game.
— After Andy Andreoff hacked Troy Grosenick on Friday night, Nick Wolff jumped in and engaged in a good scrap with the tough Bridgeport winger.
— In the last minute of Friday night’s game, one linesman signaled a Bridgeport icing but the other one waved it off. Seconds later, Providence had a defensive zone meltdown that left Chris Terry wide open to bury the game-winner with 25 seconds left.
— After Lehigh Valley pulled its goalie late in Monday’s game, the P-Bruins missed two cracks at the empty net.
— Injured: Joona Koppanen, Cameron Hughes, Tyler Lewington, Curtis Hall