A 6-0 shutout win for the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) over the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) back on Nov. 25 started a beautiful thing for the P-Bruins: a points streak. In eight games since then, Providence has received at least one point from every single match, even if they lost in a shootout or overtime situation. This streak brought the P-Bruins up to the top of the Atlantic Division and got fans to be hopeful after a slow and choppy start to the season.
The IceCaps ended that point streak on Dec. 16 by dealing the P-Bruins a 4-0 loss. Though Providence took a total of 40 shots to St. John’s 28, not a single one went past goalie Mark Dekanich. So the streak ended. The IceCaps giveth and the IceCaps taketh away–although, of course, a new streak could start again as soon as this weekend. Who knows?
This shutout loss and streak-snapper came on the heels of two victories for Providence on two separate nights. They kicked off their long weekend of games by winning 6-3 over the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets), a team that has been doing very well lately, especially considering the reputation of their parent club.
Lane MacDermid kicked off the scoring with a nice shorthanded goal about three minutes into the second period. Jamie Tardif scored on the power play later that period. (So the P-Bruins have the ability to score when up a man and down a man. Good to know!) Before the second stanza ended, Providence was up 3-0 on a Craig Cunningham tally.
Springfield started to fight back in the third, but Providence kept pushing ahead: Tardif scored again, then Ryan Spooner, then Tardif put away an empty-netter to complete a hat trick at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Though Chris Bourque leads the team right now in points with 20, Tardif is nipping at his heels and has 18 to his name. He’s been quite productive lately in a very beneficial way.
Providence’s win on Dec. 15 was by a much closer margin: 2-1 over the Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) in a shootout. In a penalty-laden matchup (with most of the penalties coming against the P-Bruins, really), Zach Trotman scored in the middle of the first period, assisted by Tardif. Albany’s Bobby Butler tied it up in the second and so it remained, necessitating overtime and then a nine-round shootout for the win. Yes, nine rounds. In those nine rounds, Tardif, Bourque and David Warsofsky all scored while Albany scored twice.
Then, as said above, the P-Bruins couldn’t manage to get anything together on Dec. 16. Maybe they ran out of gas or something, which they tend to do on these three-game weekends–put up two wins, then a loss.
Now in second in the Atlantic and fifth in the Eastern Conference, Providence has two more games before Christmas. They’ll welcome the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) on Dec. 21 and travel to the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) on Dec. 22.