Saturday, March 24, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 24

1993: For the second time in three weeks, Sergei Zholtok gives the P-Bruins and overtime win, finalizing a 6-5 decision against the Hershey Bears. The goal is Zholtok's fourth point of the night.

1995: Cam Stewart's hat trick ultimately spells the difference in a 6-3 win over the Adirondack Red Wings.

Friday, March 23, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 23

1997: In a visit to the Worcester IceCats, Kevin "The Destroyer" Sawyer ups his penalty-minute totals to 367 on the year, surpassing Bill Armstrong for a new franchise record.

2002: The Manchester Monarchs draw a knot after initially trailing, 2-0, at around the halfway mark of regulation. But Ivan Huml scores his second goal of the game within the final four minutes to cement a 3-2 P-Bruins victory at Verizon Wireless Arena.

2003: A 3-2 decision versus Bridgeport at The Dunk snaps a five-game winless streak.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 22

2000: Piloted by Eric Manlow and Dany Bousquet (two goals apiece), the besieged P-Bruins cement a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs with a 6-3 home win over Springfield. Two of the Falcons goals come off the sticks of former P-Bruins Kevin Sawyer and Chris Winnes.

2009: Johnny Boychuk (two goals, assist) strikes for the game-winner and Martin St. Pierre garners the playmaker hat trick by collaborating with Boychuk on the same three scoring plays, helping to beat Hartford, 5-3, at The Dunk

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 21

1997: Andre Roy’s hat trick highlights a seesaw, barn-burning 8-5 victory over the visiting Adirondack Red Wings.

1999: Backup goaltender David Brumby gets the better of Saint John Flames counterpart Jean-Sebastien Giguere to win his AHL debut, 2-1, at the Civic Center.

2004: Tim Thomas sets a franchise record with his fifth shutout of the season, blanking the Portland Pirates, 4-0, at The Dunk. Carl Corazzini pilots the offense with each of the game’s first two goals.

2007: David Krejci’s second straight three-point game highlights a 5-3 home win over Portland.

2008: The P-Bruins earn at least a point in their eighth straight try (6-0-2), taking a 3-2 overtime decision from the Binghamton Senators in Broome County. Pascal Pelletier bookends the scoring with a pair of assists to Sean Curry and one to goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 20

1993: A 4-1 road win at the Springfield Civic Center cements first place in the AHL’s Northern Division.

1998: John Grahame shuts out the visiting Worcester IceCats, 4-0, with 34 saves. Boston prospect Jay Henderson scores his first professional goal while Cameron Mann pens a multipoint effort.

2002: In Mark Johnson-like fashion, Jonathan Girard scores just as time expires in overtime, giving the P-Bruins a 3-2 win and an extra point out of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at The Dunk.

2004: Tim Thomas ties Andrew Raycroft for most single-season shutouts with his fourth goose-egg of the season, 1-0 win at Manchester.

Monday, March 19, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 19

1995: For the second time of the season, Jeff Serowik charges up two-goal game at the expense of the Worcester IceCats, whom the P-Bruins top at home, 4-3.

1996: The P-Bruins finish a five-game Maritime road trip unbeaten at 2-0-3. After three ties between Saint John and Fredericton, they win their second straight game in Cape Breton, 4-2. It proves the team’s final visit to Nova Scotia when the Oilers become the Hamilton Bulldogs.

2003: First-year head coach Mike Sullivan is elevated to Boston’s assistant position when GM Mike O’Connell takes over for the abruptly dismissed Robbie Ftorek. Sullivan coaches his final regular-season game with Providence at the Worcester Centrum, where Ivan Huml singlehandedly ties the IceCats, 2-2. Sullivan would return for the playoffs after Boston was abolished by New Jersey.

2004: Ivan Huml splashes a personal 11-game goal-scoring drought to draw first blood while linemate Brad Boyes tunes the mesh twice to beat the Springfield Falcons, 3-2, at The Dunk.

2006: For the second consecutive game, Eric Healey records three assists, although the visiting Portland Pirates reap a 6-3 victory from The Dunk.

2008: With 10 different point-getters, the P-Bruins blank the Admirals, 7-0, at the Norfolk Scope. Tuukka Rask repels 27 shots en route to his first AHL shutout.

2010: Andrew Bodnarchuk tunes the mesh twice while Cody Wild and Trent Whitfield each charge up a pair of assists to beat Lowell, 4-2.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: March 18

2001: Ken Belanger drops the mitts with future P-Bruins captain Jeremy Reich as part of a 3-3 tie with Reich’s Syracuse Crunch at the Civic Center.

2005: The struggling Pat Leahy scores his first goal of the season for the game-winner that beats Lowell, 2-0, at The Dunk. Chris Madden repels each of the Lock Monsters’ 37 shots for his second AHL shutout.

2006: Jonathan Sigalet (two goals), Eric Nickulas (two assists), David Lundbohm (goal and two assists) and Eric Healey (goal and playmaker hat trick) pilot a 7-1 romp over Springfield at the MassMutual Center.

2007: David Krejci pilots the offense with two helpers and a goal while Hannu Toivonen’s 25 saves blank the visiting Manchester Monarchs, 5-0.

2011: With the help of 11 individual point-getters, including a goal-assist value pack for sizzling captain Trent Whitfield, the P-Bruins claim a 4-1 home win over Worcester.