The P-Bruins went 2-1 this weekend, with a 3-0 win over Worcester on Friday and an 8-2 blowout against the same team on Sunday. They lost their only road game which was Saturday night against Springfield. They were without Justin Florek on Saturday, for what it's worth. But the Falcons also have superior forechecking, defense, and especially goaltending. Mike McKenna kept the P-Bruins to just one goal en route to the Falcons' win. Niklas Svedberg picked up the loss in Springfield, while Malcolm Subban got two wins against the Sharks.
Friday, Jan. 3: Worcester 0, Providence 3
Malcolm Subban earned his first professional shutout against the Sharks. He made 25 saves as the P-Bruins out shot the Sharks 30-25. Providence was 0-for-3 on the power play, but killed off both of Worcester's penalties. The three stars were: 3. Alexander Khokhlachev, 2. Nick Johnson, 1. Malcolm Subban.
Matt Pelech laid this dirty his on Andrew Cherniwchan:
As a result, Bobby Robins fought him. Here are some GIFs of it:
Nick Johnson scored his 12th of the season assisted by Koko and David Warsofsky:
Koko made is 2-0 with his 7th of the year from Nick Johnson and Craig Cunningham:
Justin Florek made is 3-0, and would get called up to Boston the next morning. His 9th of the year was assisted by Carter Camper and Jared Knight.
Saturday Jan. 4: Providence 1, Springfield 2
At the conclusion of the game, shots were even at 27 apiece. Mike McKenna made one more save than Niklas Svedberg, however, giving the Falcons the 2-1 win with two goals from Spencer Machacek. Nick Johnson has the lone goal - and point - for Providence, who went 0-for-3 on the PP and 3-for-3 on the PK.
The Falcons wisely got Rene Rancourt to sing the anthem before the game. He treated them with three fist pumps:
Both goalies made a lot of great saves
Robins had another fight:
Providence struck first with this Nick Johnson goal (his 13th of the year), but this would be the only one to be Mike McKenna:
Koko scored this goal at the very final second of the 2nd period, and it was waived off. They determined that the period had expired before it crossed the goal line:
Svedberg got a bit frustrated in the third period, assaulted a Falcon, and got a two minute minor and a ten minute misconduct for it:
Sunday Jan. 5: Worcester 2, Providence 8
This game was a blowout right from the start. Once it was 5-1 in the third period, Coach Cassidy rested his scorers and put guys like Rob Flick, Chris Casto, and Mike Moore on the power play. That didn't stop them from scoring. Providence was 3-for-8 on the power play, but also gave up a goal on the penalty kill (a 5-on-3), as the Sharks went 1-for-4 on their power play. Providence out shot Worcester 39-35.
The only players without points in Sunday's game were Mike Moore, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman, Scott Campbell, and Jared Knight. Five players had one point: Rob Flick (1 G), Craig Cunningham (1 G), Andrew Cherniwchan (1 A), Seth Griffith (1 A), and Bobby Robins (1 A).
Five players had two points: David Warsofsky (2 A), Alexander Khokhlachev (2 A), Justin Florek (2 A), Carter Camper (1 G, 2 A), and Nick Johnson (1 G, 1 A). The three remaining players had three points: Ben Youds (1 G, 2 A), Chris Casto (1 G, 2 A), and Anthony Camara (2 G, 1 A).
Providence came out flying, scoring three goals in the first six minutes of the game. Nick Johnson had the first goal (again), his 14th of the season, assisted by Koko and David Warsofsky:
The next goal was Carter Camper's 8th of the season from Justin Florek and Ben Youds:
Anthony Camara scored the third goal to make it 3-0 with assists to Andrew Cherniwchan and Chris Casto:
In the 2nd period, Craig Cunningham scored his 13th goal of the season, a power play goal, on this nice tic-tac-toe play from Camper to Florek to Seth Griffith to Cunningham:
Malcolm Subban made a good play to stop a breakaway by a Shark, and it led to a goal on the other end by Ben Youds, which was his 2nd of the year assisted by Nick Johnson and Koko:
In the third period, Chris Casto got his 2nd goal of the season with an assist to Anthony Camara and Ben Youds:
Later in the third period on a power play, Camara gets his 2nd of the game and 6th of the season, with an assist to Camper.
Providence got another power play, and this time Rob Flick got his first goal of the season. The power play goal was assisted by Chris Casto and David Warsofsky.
The Good and the Bad
Nick Johnson scored the first goal in all three games. He had three goals and two assists for five points on the weekend, which was the best on the team. Khohlachev, who returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the month of December with a hand injury, had four points on the weekend with one goal and three assists.
Subban's AHL record is now at .500 with the wins over the Sharks on Friday and Sunday. Svedberg was pegged with the loss in the one game he played, which was the tight-checking, close game against Springfield, and he did play well.
While they were able to dominate the Sharks, they showed a surprising inability to deal with the superior team in the Falcons. Although they beat the Falcons just last weekend, Mike McKenna was in net after spending some time with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Falcons were aggressive forechecking and had good defense and goaltending, which resulting in just one goal when Nick Johnson made it happen himself.