For the third time in four games the Providence Bruins were victorious, this time taking down the Monarchs 3-2 before 6,313 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island. Niklas Svedberg stopped 28 shots for his ninth win of the year.
The Monarchs took advantage of a sloppy start by the Bruins by getting on the board first thanks to Bryan Rodney’s first goal on the year. With under a minute to go, the Bruins would find the equalizer courtesy of Kyle MacKinnon’s first of the year.
The Bruins came out much better in the second period, but once again it was Manchester striking first and once again off the stick of Rodney. Nearly seven minutes later it was MacKinnon again tying things up.
Almost midway through the third the Bruins would take their first lead off the night thanks to a beauty of a shot by Torey Krug, his first goal of the night.
“Well Krug got his first, MacKinnon got his first and second so sometimes you need that. I don’t think our top end, you know not that I identify our lineup as bottom end and top end, but the guys we rely on to spring our offense didn’t have their A game tonight” said Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.
The Bruins second goal was the highlight of the night for the “Baby B’s.” Forward Chris Bourque turned the puck over in the Bruins zone and it looked like the Monarchs would be off to the races, but Bourque did a great job getting back to the puck, turning and finding MacKinnon with a laser of a pass that sent MacKinnon in all alone for the goal.
“You know he makes high-end plays every night. He forces some plays, he makes some high-end plays but you know he’s got to find out, well you know I shouldn’t say that here, he knows what works for him” said Cassidy. “I mean he’s led this league in scoring so you know we kind of let him play, but he made a great one tonight and we needed that.”
In a game that could of easily went the other way, it was a perfect time for Krug to step up and pick up his first career AHL goal.
“That’s the ironic part; tonight I thought he was overlooking his shot trying to make plays and we talked about it between periods to shoot the puck and then sure enough one went it in” said Cassidy.
Krug who signed with the Bruins last season after completing his third season at Michigan State was certainly happy to get his first of the season.
“Yeah, got the monkey off my back, It was starting to get a bit frustrating, so it’s nice to get that first one” said Krug.
Despite a team worse minus-9 on the year, Krug has been pretty happy with his play this season.
“Defensively I have been playing really well even thought my plus/minus doesn’t show that, but there’s no excuses. I’ve been out there for some shorthanded goals and stuff like that” added Krug.
It’s no secret that the Bruins have been much better of late after a slow start out of the gate and Bruce Cassidy is happy with what he’s gotten from his guys the past few weeks.
“Well when you play so many three in threes it’s important to get off on the right foot on the Friday and get your two points which makes the rest of the weekend I don’t want to say easier, because there are no easy games but it gets you rolling a bit” said Cassidy.
“You always want to get four out of six every weekend, so if you can play at that pace you’ll be fine”
The Bruins will look for points three and four of the weekend on Saturday when they travel to Worcester to take on the Sharks.