The first place P-Bruins return to the Dunkin' Donuts Center for two home games Friday and Sunday.  On Friday the P-Bruins face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. for "Zach Hamill Bobblehead Night".  For Sunday's contest, the P-Bruins take on the Lowell Devils at 4:05 p.m. for "Vladimir Sobotka Poster Night".  For tickets to either of these games visit www.providencebruins.com or call 401-273-5000.  The P-Bruins will be on the road this week Wednesday Jan. 7 at Manchester.  You can watch the game live when the Providence Bruins host a road game party at Uno's Chicago Grill located at Providence Place.   

This past week, the P-Bruins played four games in five days.  The P-Bruins started the week by visiting the Manchester Monarchs on December 31.  The Bruins took the defeat losing to the Monarchs 4-2.  The lone goals came from Mikko Lehtonen and Levi NelsonTuukka Rask was in net and stopped 29 of 33 shots faced. 

On Friday, the new year brought new life to the P-Bruins offense when they outscored the Hershey Bears 7-2 for the victory.  All seven P-Bruins goals came from seven different players including: Zach Hamill, Martins Karsums, Wacey Rabbit, Peter Schaefer, Jeremy Reich, Brad Marchand and Matt Marquardt.  Reich's goal was a short-handed penalty shot.  Rask stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced while the P-Bruins went 2-for-8 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Saturday, the P-Bruins traveled to Springfield to take on the Falcons.  The P-Bruins took the victory beating the Falcons 5-2.  The P-Bruins goals came from Karsums, Lehtonen, Rabbit, Johnny Boychuk and a penalty shot goal by Marquardt.  This was the first consecutive games with successful penalty shots since Binghamton did it on Feb. 21 & 23 of 2007.  Kevin Regan was in net for the P-Bruins and was able to stop 31 of 33 shots faced.

On Sunday, the Providence Bruins continued their winning ways defeating the Houston Aeros 3-1.  The P-Bruins goals came from Lehtonen, Boychuk and Brock Hooton.  For Hooton, it was his first career AHL goal in only his second career AHL game.  Rask was back in net for the P-Bruins stopping 29 of 30 shots while the team remained sharp on special teams killing off all four penalties.

Through 38 games, Martins Karsums takes the lead in team scoring with 38 points (15g, 23a).  Martin St. Pierre is second on the team in scoring with 35 points (10g, 25a), despite being with the Boston Bruins the past two weeks.  The third and fourth spots are occupied by Johnny Boychuk 33 points (9g, 24a) and Brad Marchand 22 points (6g, 16a) respectively.  Vladimir Sobotka rounds out the top five on the team in scoring with 21 points (10g, 11a).  In net, Tuukka Rask is 16-12 with a 2.45 GAA and a .918 save percentage, while Kevin Regan is 6-3-1 with a 3.26 GAA and a .876 save percentage.

Ice Chips: The P-Bruins are first in the Atlantic Division with 46 points, three points ahead of the Portland Pirates... Martins Karsums is tied for seventh in the AHL in scoring...  Johnny Boychuk leads league defensemen in points with 33, is second in assists with 24, first in shots with 112 and leads all P-Bruins players in power play scoring with 22 points (6g, 16a)...  Brad Marchand leads all rookies in shots with 114... Tuukka Rask is tied for second in the league in wins with 16, third in the league in saves with 755 and third in the league in minutes played with 1,638... The P-Bruins are 20-0-0-1 when scoring three or more goals, 16-0 when leading after two periods, 8-1-1-1 in one goal games and 7-2 in overtime/shootouts.