P-Bruins win two in a row with 3-1 win over Springfield


P-Bruins win two in a row with 3-1 win over Springfield

SPRINGFIELD The Providence Bruins expected to enjoy some impressive offensive firepower in a big improvement over last year, and they finally started living up to it this weekend. After scoring a combined three goals in their first two games last weekend with both of them losses the P-Bruins poured on seven goals this weekend and finished things off with a 3-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center Saturday night.

Things started in Bridgeport last weekend, but we didnt get rewarded, said P-Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. So we worked hard all week on protecting pucks. Our power play is starting to make things as well. You want it to be a momentum-builder and not a killer, and thats what weve had in the last couple of games. Now were putting them on their heels and scoring some goals.

Providence was actually down 1-0 early in the first period, but the Bruins potted three unanswered goals while dominating play for the rest of the game while evening their record at 2-2 on the season. Craig Cunningham tied it up in the first period when he shoveled a backhanded rebound of a Carter Camper shot past Springfield goaltender Curtis McElhinney midway.

The P-Bruins took the lead for good in the second period at the 6:31 mark when Ryan Spooner fed to Garnet Exelby just inside the blue line, and the veteran defenseman slapped a shot to the top corner of the net aided by a Max Sauve screen in front. Then Sauve added his own insurance goal in the third period when he slipped a rebound shot through McElhinneys pads off a Zach Trotman rebound shot.

Niklas Svedberg earned his second straight win with a 33-save effort against the Falcons, and was at his acrobatic best in the final period when Springfield forced the issue trailing narrowly in the game.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.