It was a home cooking weekend for Providence this week, as the Bruins had games against Binghamton, Utica, and Hartford at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Bruins would take 2 out of the 3, with the one loss coming on Sunday and ending the team’s six-game winning streak.
Friday: 6-2 win over the Binghamton Devils
A three-goal second period powered the Bruins in this one, as did four points from defenseman Cooper Zech (1G, 3A). Joona Koppanen scored twice as well, and Max Lagace made 21 saves.
Another note from this one: Jack Studnicka got an assist, running his point streak to 7 games.
Saturday: 3-2 shootout win over Utica
Dan Vladar faced just 19 shots in regulation and overtime, but came up big in the shootout, stopping all 3 Utica shooters. Brendan Gaunce and Robert Lantosi were the goal-scorers for Providence.
While this game was a win, there were 2 negatives: Studnicka was held off the scoresheet, ending his point streak, and Jakub Lauko was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
The Lauko incident can be seen below:
Here’s the play which resulted in Jakub Lauko being stretchered off the ice tonight. Not really sure what happened, but looked like he just collapsed and went down hard. There was contact before this, but I’m still not sure what happened. He gave a thumbs up after. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/Qor8Lo264J— Bruins Network (@BruinsNetwork) December 8, 2019
I watched it several times and couldn’t really see anything egregious, but apparently it was an elbow that got him:
Word is Jakub Lauko is doing OK after taking elbow in the chin last night. Stretchered off as a precaution. How he feels this week probably will go long way to determining WJC status— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) December 8, 2019
Either way, hopefully the kid is OK and is back on his feet soon.
Sunday: 4-1 loss to Hartford
Unfortunately, what had been a good week ended on a sour note with a loss to the Wolf Pack on Sunday evening.
Max Lagace made just 18 saves on 22 shots, while Providence threw 33 pucks at Igor Shesterkin. Cameron Hughes recorded the lone goal for the Bruins.
The win for the Wolf Pack put them back in first place in the Atlantic Division by virtue of fewer games played, as both the Wolf Pack and the Bruins have 35 points.
Where things stand
- 16-8-3, 35 points, second in the Atlantic Division
- Paul Carey: 12G, 10A, 22PTS in 26GP
- Jack Studnicka: 10G, 11A, 21PTS in 25GP
- Alex Petrovic: 2G, 15A, 17PTS in 26GP
- Peter Cehlarik: 7G, 9A, 16PTS in 20GP
- Robert Lantosi: 6G, 10A, 16PTS in 20GP
Coming up next
- Wednesday, December 11 vs. Syracuse
- Saturday, December 14 @ Springfield
- Sunday, December 15 vs. Springfield