PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Malcolm Subban made 42 saves and the team scored two more power play goals to support him in a 4-1 win for the Providence Bruins over the Springfield Falcons Saturday at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Justin Florek had an early chance to put the Bruins on top after a turnover gave him the puck in the slot, but Scott Munroe made the pad save. Providence scored a power play goal to open the scoring for the second night in a row.
Joe Morrow– who had the primary assist on a power play goal last night– took a shot from the left point, and Ethan Werek screened Munroe to let the puck sneak in just past the near post at 8:39
In the middle period, the Bruins again had the majority of good scoring chances. Andrew Cherniwchan scored against his former team while shorthanded, as Zach Trotman forced a turnover, fed Justin Florek, and Florek sprung Cherniwchan with a breakaway at 3:43. Another Providence chance led to a fight between Chris Casto and Dana Tyrell, and Tyrell was given a minor penalty as well. That created a Providence power play, though the team could not capitalize.
Michael Chaput pulled the visiting team back within one with a backdoor shot on a rebound, that came from the near side. Chaput had another couple of chances to score, one on a breakaway while shorthanded, the other on the ensuing penalty shot caused by Steve Eminger. Subban made a glove-side save on both occasions to preserve the lead.
The Bruins added two insurance goals in the third and withstood an extended 6-on-3 toward the end of the period to finish off the Falcons. Tommy Cross scored his second goal of the season (and the team’s second power play strike for the second night in a row). Rob Flick scored last, depositing a rebound on the near side after Cherniwchan wrapped around the cage and got a shot on from the right wing side.
Providence has now won 10 games in a row at home. The team’s last defeat at the Dunk came on January 11 against the Portland Pirates. The overall win streak is up to four games, while the team has points in its last five.
The Bruins finish their home three-in-three Sunday at 3:05pm against the Worcester Sharks.
#7 Joe Morrow (#44 Steve Eminger, #16 Zack Phillips, PPG)
#39 Andrew Cherniwchan (#18 Justin Florek, #37 Zach Trotman, SHG)
#3 Tommy Cross (#20 Ethan Werek, Trotman, PPG)
#10 Rob Flick (Cherniwchan, Morrow)
#47 Malcolm Subban (42 saves on 43 shots)
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The Providence Bruins are an American Hockey League franchise and the top affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Since moving to Providence in 1992 the P-Bruins have been among the league leaders in regular season attendance. On the ice the team has enjoyed similar success, having won five division titles, three regular season titles and the Calder Cup in 1999.