It has been a positive couple of weeks for the Boston Bruins organization from top to bottom. Minor league affiliates Providence and Atlanta are both in the hunt for playoff berths and have suddenly found their form at the right time.
Providence extended its winning streak to 11 and its point streak to 12 games with a trio of wins this weekend.
The P-Bruins claimed a home-and-home series sweep over Springfield, 2-1 and 4-2. Brendan Gaunce and Jack Studnicka each registered a goal and an assist for the series.
On Sunday, Providence blew a two-goal lead in the final two minutes against Hershey, but Ryan Fitzgerald scored in the shootout to lift the team past the visiting Bears. Jakub Lauko and Zach Senyshyn each tallied for Providence.
Player of the Week: Dan Vladar – While the Providence offense wasn’t in overdrive, the netminder sure was, winning two games after regulation.
Vladar stopped 30 shots in 62 minutes during his opener this week and saved 35 shots against Hershey on Sunday in a shootout win. He also turned aside a penalty shot.
UP NEXT: It’s another three-game week for Providence coming up, all on the road. Providence takes on Hartford on Wednesday before a Saturday-Sunday series at the Charlotte Checkers.
Both Hartford (third) and Charlotte (fourth) are in playoff contention in the Atlantic Division, while Providence has moved just one point behind Hershey for first with a game in hand.
Atlanta saw its six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night with an overtime loss to the Jacksonville Icemen, 3-2, in north Florida. But with the point for an OT loss, Atlanta extended its point streak to 10 games.
In the first two games of the week, Atlanta swept a home-and-home series against the Orlando Solar Bears. Atlanta won the on the road last Tuesday, 6-3, overcoming a three-goal first-period deficit. On Friday, the Gladiators edged Orlando, 3-2, again overcoming an early deficit.
Player of the Week: Derek Nesbitt – It was a strong week for the Atlanta forward, starting off with a three-point game, all assists, against Orlando on Tuesday before a goal against Orlando Friday and an assist against Jacksonville Saturday.
UP NEXT: Just two games next weekend for Atlanta, both on the road against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Friday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m.).
Atlanta moved into third place in the South Division over the weekend but sit just one point ahead of Greenville with two games in hand, making this weekend a crucial one for the Gladiators.