BRUINS EXTEND STREAK TO FIVE
Providence Blanks Worcester 2-0
Worcester, MA -- The Providence Bruins defeated the Worcester Sharks 2-0 in this evening at the DCU Center. Craig Cunningham scored his 10th goal of the season and Kyle MacKinnon added an empty net goal with 12 seconds to play to give the Bruins their fifth straight win. Niklas Svedberg posted 26 saves for his second shutout and the win as the Bruins improve to 24-16-0-3 on the season.
Just 2:33 into the opening frame, Torey Krug fed Cunningham through traffic in front on Worcester's net. Cunningham ripped a wrist shot top shelf past Alex Stalock for his 10th goal of the season. Cunningham has five points in the last five games on three goals and two assists. Krug is also on a five-game point streak, tallying nine points on three goals and six assists. Carter Camper also assisted on the play. After the Bruins set the tone on the scoreboard, the team exchanged some pleasantries and punches with their Route 146 rival, whom they face 12 times this season. Bobby Robins, the league leader in major penalties, squared off with Matt Pelech. After a quick bout, both headed to the sin bin for five minutes. However, Robins wasn't done as less than six minutes later, Robins dropped the mitts with James Livingston.
The fighting continued in the second period. Immediately after the puck dropped, Tyler Randell and Curt Gogol dropped the gloves. In a quick decision, Randell destroyed Gogol, connecting on at least three right hooks. The Sharks stepped up their energy in the second frame, getting some quality chances in front of Svedberg, but the Swede was a brick wall. Despite having two power play opportunities, the Sharks' power play, (15.9%; 19th in the AHL), was no match for the Bruins penalty kill unit (82.6% - 18th in the AHL).
The Bruins were held strong defensively in the third period, foiling all of the Sharks' attempts in front of Svedberg. Despite being out shot 12-8 in the third period, including multiple chances in the final two minutes, the Bruins held strong and forced the Sharks to make mistakes. Good pressure from Christian Hanson forced a turnover at the Bruins blue line. Despite being taken down on his rush to the Sharks open net, MacKinnon picked up the loose puck for the easy empty net goal to give the Bruins the 2-0 win, their fifth win in a row and first in regulation against the Sharks. Camper also assisted on the play, picking up his second helper of the night and his seventh assist in five games. The win also marked the sixth straight loss for Worcester at the DCU Center.