15 thoughts: IceCaps beat P-Bruins, 4-0

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15 thoughts: IceCaps beat P-Bruins, 4-0

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Here are Joe Haggerty's thoughts from the Providence Bruins - St. John's IceCaps game at the Dunkin Donuts Center

FIRST PERIOD, 2-0 ICECAPS

1) First time in a couple of months that Michael Hutchinson gets the back-to-back starts and he allows a couple of tipped goals on 11 shots faced. Tough to blame him on either of them, both were high shots tipped over his shoulders.

2) Active first period for Craig Cunningham, who had a couple of the best scoring chances for the P-Bruins. One came on a breakaway attempt stopped by the St. John's goaltender, and the other was a screened shot through the high slot. He led Providence with three shots on net in the first and tied with Derek Meech for the game-high.

3) Tough period for Jordan Caron, who took a pair of penalties -- with one that led to a St. John's power play goal. It's good to see Caron get a little more physical -- he dropped the gloves for his first career pro hockey fight this weekend -- but he needs to play that game with discipline rather than landing in the box for elbowing and high-sticking calls.

4) No Ryan Spooner this afternoon. No Jared Knight (hamstring) and no Torey Krug either. That makes for an extremely undermanned P-Bruins unit.

5) Providence penalty kill unit continues to come up short. One goal by St. John's came on the man advantage and continue to light the P-Bruins most glaring team weakness.

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Here are five thoughts from the second period with the P-Bruins trailing the St. John's IceCaps by a 3-0 score after 40 minutes of action at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

SECOND PERIOD, 3-0 ICECAPS

1) Michael Hutchinson surrendered another power play goal in the second period, and this time it was a high point shot through traffic that the goaltender bobbled in front. Kael Mouillierat smacked in the loose puck for the IceCaps score.

2) A great potential momentum changing shift for the Lane MacDermidChristian HansonBobby Robins energy line in the second period. With the puck deep in the St. John's end MacDermid crushed the IceCaps defenseman with a punishing forecheck. That caused the puck to slide in front of the net to Robbins, but IceCaps goalie Mark Dekanich was able to smother the puck.

3) Another penalty for Jordan Caron in the second period giving him a hat trick of penalties for the game. Caron is looking sluggish and slow to react in his skating this afternoon. When that happens bad things follow the former first round pick.

4) In the good news department Carter Camper is back in the lineup for the P-Bruins and appears to be moving around well on the ice. Has three shots on net through two periods.

5) What a hockey name: Kael Mouillierat. Best one I've come across in the AHL thus far this season. His teammate Maxime Macenauer is no slouch either, however.

THIRD PERIOD, 4-0 ICECAPS

1) A bad David Warsofsky turnover leads to another St. John's goal in the third period. This afternoon is definitely not one to write home about for the Spoked P.

2) Jamie Tardif and Craig Cunningham were the leading attackers in shots on net, but couldn't get anything past St. John's goalie Mark Dekanich.

3) The P-Bruins have outshot St. John's by a 40-27 margin, but it certainly hasn't felt that way in a very one-sided affair.

4) St. John's skater Derek Meech led all forwards with six shots on net, but didn't end up with any points. How about that?

5) Might be time for coach Bruce Cassidy to go back to Niklas Svedberg on Friday and Sunday with Michael Hutchinson on Saturday. Seemed to work well, eh?

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."