Providence Bruins

P-BRUINS WEEK IN REVIEW: 2/21/19 – 2/27/19

Feb 27, 2019

P-BRUINS WEEK IN REVIEW: 2/21/19 – 2/27/19

There are just 20 games left in the regular season and the Providence Bruins remain in good position to make the playoffs for a seventh consecutive year. The team holds steady at fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 64 points and a 28-20-7-1 record. The team took three of a possible six points this weekend and are four points ahead of fifth place Lehigh Valley with the tiebreaker in hand.


Weekend Recap


The P-Bruins kicked off their weekend with a back-and-forth affair with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday at the Dunk. Providence led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but trailed late in the third period to the Sound Tigers. Paul Carey netted his second goal of the night with six minutes left to force overtime, but Bridgeport eventually went on to the 5-4 OT win. The team traveled to Hartford for a Saturday faceoff with the Wolf Pack, another game that need an extra frame to determine a winner. This time it was the P-Bruins that came out on top, as Jordan Szwarz potted his team-leading 18th goal of the season 1:26 into overtime to give Providence a 3-2 win. The two teams had a rematch at the Dunk Sunday afternoon, but Hartford took control early and came away with a convincing 4-1 victory.


Notable Performers


Gemel Smith continues to shine since arriving in Providence, posting another strong weekend for the P-Bruins. Smith was the only player to score in each of the team’s three games as he led the team with three goals and four points. He was one of two Bruins to post a multipoint game, with both him and Paul Carey posting one Friday. Carey and Jordan Szwarz each netted a pair of goals while Connor Clifton and Jakub Zboril tallied two assists over the weekend. For the first time since late December, Dan Vladar made back-to-back starts in net and played well between the pipes. Saturday was his best game of the weekend, stopping 25 of 27 shots but making some spectacular saves to keep Providence in the game.


Stempniak Update


Veteran Lee Stempniak, who was on a professional try-out with Providence, will be in the fold for the foreseeable future. Stempniak signed an NHL deal with Boston Sunday morning and was waived to be assigned back to the AHL. This move allowed Boston to play him in AHL and be called up to the NHL at any time. Stempniak has looked good in four games with the P-Bruins, posting a pair of goals and a pair of assists while playing on the team’s top line. He will continue to provide leadership and production for Providence while being a nice depth winger for Boston should they need one after the trade deadline.


Trade Deadline Aftermath


In addition to getting Stempniak back in the fold, the trade deadline saw some familiar faces return from the NHL with another moving on to a new team. Ryan Donato was traded along with a conditional draft pick to Minnesota in exchange for Charlie Coyle, the only loss Providence suffered during the deadline. While they lost the talented winger, Boston’s acquisition of Coyle for their third line center role led to Trent Frederic returning to Providence. When Boston acquired Marcus Johansson, the team also returned Karson Kuhlman and Peter Cehlarik to the P-Bruins roster. This was an expected move, as players must be on an AHL roster at the 3pm trade deadline in order to be eligible to be sent down from the NHL any time thereafter for the rest of the season.


Week Ahead


It is the fourth consecutive three-in-three weekend for the P-Bruins as they start March with a 7:05pm faceoff Friday vs the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Dunk. The team travels to Springfield Saturday night for a 7:05pm game against the Thunderbirds before returning home Sunday at 3:05pm for a rematch against the T-Birds to finish the weekend.

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