Saturday, January 14, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: January 14

1995: In a 3-0 Providence loss, the artist formerly known as the Maine Mariners draws a record overflow crowd of 7,317 to their old haunts at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Future P-Bruins goaltender Jim Carey lays down a 24-save shutout for the mighty Portland Pirates.

2000: While no players on the defending champions are selected to the All-Star Game, Peter Laviolette is tabbed to coach the PlanetUSA team. Meanwhile, on the ice, future Boston Bruin Glen Metropolit and future P-Bruin Kent Hulst are among the goal-getters in Portland’s 5-2 win at the Civic Center.

2005: Playing the franchise’s 1,000th regular-season game, the P-Bruins blank the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-0, on the strength of Brad Boyes’ two-goal night and Hannu Toivonen’s 26-save shutout. The win also extends the Baby Bs’ home unbeaten streak to seven games at 6-0-1.

2007: Peter Kalus scores while Jordan Sigalet stops all five of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, including old friend Peter Ferraro, for a shootout win at Harbor Yard.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: January 12

1995: In the first game since the end of the NHL lockout, with the resultant prospect of players soon moving up to Boston, the P-Bruins triumph over the Springfield Falcons, 5-2.

1996: Mitch Lamoureux and Davis Payne both score late while Rob Tallas keeps the host Portland Pirates at bay to complete a sweep of a home-and-home series with a 2-0 win.

2006: Jason MacDonald scores twice in regulation to delete 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. In the subsequent shootout, David Lundbohm, who assisted on both of MacDonald’s goals, breaks a 1-1 tie in the eighth round to beat the host Portland Pirates.

2007: With 12 out of 17 skaters contributing a point, including three-point games by Bobby Allen, David Krejci, T.J. Trevelyan and Kris Versteeg, the P-Bruins romp the Binghamton Senators, 8-1, in Broome County.

2008: After being shut out in back-to-back outings and losing two straight for only the second time all season, the P-Bruins avert an empty weekend with a 3-1 home win over Springfield. It is goaltender Jordan Sigalet’s first victory since coming back from a mid-November health scare.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: January 11

2002: Chris Winnes, a member of the inaugural P-Bruins team, returns to the team and suits up for a 2-1 home win over Worcester.

2003: Keith Aucoin’s hat trick constitutes all three Providence goals in a 5-3 road loss to Portland. Old friend Peter Ferraro scores the game-clincher to snap the Bruins’ 12-game unbeaten streak.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: January 10

1993: City firefighter and season ticket holder Rob Gribbin suits up as a backup goalie and sees eight minutes of action against the Adirondack Red Wings, stopping both of two shots faced. His relief effort, though, does little more than stop the bleeding in a 7-3 Providence loss.

2003: Andrew Raycroft stops 39 out of 40 shots faced, including 15 in the first period alone, to pace the P-Bruins to a 5-1 win over Worcester at The Dunk. Providence thus improves to 11-0-1 in its past 12 games.

2004: Hannu Toivonen repels 42 out of 44 shots while Brendan Walsh singlehandedly matches the Springfield Falcons output with both P-Bruins goals in a 2-2 tie.

Monday, January 9, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: January 9

1994: For the second time in as many games, the P-Bruins abolish an initial multi-goal deficit. Dennis Smith, Andrew McKim and Tod Hartje all connect to help surmount the Prince Edward Island Senators, 3-2.

2005: In an eventual 8-7 shootout loss at Lowell, Andy Hilbert’s hat trick pulls him even with the late Sergei Zholtok for the all-time franchise lead with 83 career strikes.

2009: A 4-1 victory over Bridgeport extends both the P-Bruins point-getting streak and their home winning streak to five games.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: January 8

1994: The P-Bruins tie for the third consecutive game, settling for a 1-1 knot with Portland at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

1999: The P-Bruins delete 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to top the Rochester Americans, 4-3, at Blue Cross Arena, granting them a franchise-record eight consecutive victories.

2000: John Spoltore returns to Providence in familiar fashion with the game-winner for a 3-2 triumph over a Springfield team featuring Danny Briere, Providence coach Peter Laviolette’s future pupil with the Philadelphia Flyers.

2006: The P-Bruins extend their home winning streak to seven games by vanquishing the Binghamton Senators, 4-3, at The Dunk. Zdenek Blatny, Tyler Redenbach and Nate Robinson all pitch in two points.

2010: John Grahame returns to Providence as a visitor, starting in goal for the Adirondack Phantoms. He stops 37 out of 39 shots, but the P-Bruins muster a 3-1 victory.

2011: Nolan Schaefer stops 50 shots, including 18 apiece in both the second and third periods, to salvage a point, though the host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ultimately claim a 2-1 overtime victory.