Monday, December 26, 2011

This Date In Providence Bruins History: December 26

1996: In his fourth season with the P-Bruins, former U.S. Olympic captain Peter Laviolette is chosen to assume the same leadership role with the AHL’s World All-Stars.

1999: Calder Cup hero Marquis Mathieu returns from offseason surgery, but his first game in the P-Bruins title defense is marred by a 5-1 loss to Lowell.

2000: Peter Ferraro and Eric Nickulas insert two unanswered goals within the first half of the third period, ultimately turning a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 home tie with the Portland Pirates.

2003: Peter Hamerlik repels all 14 first-period shots while Carl Corazzini sets up Ivan Huml’s icebreaker at 19:47 of the opening frame. After the Manchester Monarchs fill the two-goal pothole singlehandedly dug by Huml, Corazzini restores the P-Bruins lead for good en route to a 3-2 win at The Dunk.

2004: The P-Bruins extend their home winning streak to five games and their overall unbeaten streak to nine with a 3-2 win over the Lowell Lock Monsters.

2005: Ben Guite assists on both regulation goals and Nate Robinson inserts the lone shootout strike on either side in a 3-2 home win over Lowell.

2008: Martins Karsums has a hand in both regulation goals, then scores the shootout winner to top the Worcester Sharks, 3-2, at DCU Center. Tuukka Rask stops 46 out of 48 shots in the first 65 minutes, then repels four out of five in the shootout for the win.