A 25-shot sugar rush in the first period and a 53-shot flurry over 65 minutes of play could not reap the rewards that the Providence Bruins seemed bent on bargaining for Sunday afternoon.
Worcester Sharks netminder Harri Sateri withstood the salvo well enough to avoid any multi-goal deficits while his skating mates tallied two equalizers and proceeded to pilfer a 3-2 shootout decision at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
That gives the P-Bruins two shootout falters in as many meetings with the Sharks and an 0-1-2 transcript in the season series, each shortcoming occurring on home ice. It also dropped them one point shy of what could have been their first three-game winning streak and three-game weekend sweep.
Sateri and Providence counterpart Niklas Svedberg charged up 51 and 30 saves, respectively, during the full-fledged hockey portion of the day. They then combined for nine saves out of 10 shootout attempts, Svedberg committing the costly blink when James Sheppard beat him through his pads in the top of the first inning.
Here is a deeper look at the key data from Sunday’s action, which snapped another momentary winning streak for the Bruins but extended their point-getting streak to three games.
Shorthanded goals on the season for the P-Bruins, who are now the only remaining AHL team without a shortie in 2012-13.
At the start of Sunday’s action, none other than the Sharks provided Providence with its only company in that distinction. But the Bruins allowed winger Yanni Gourde to hatch Worcester’s season-old shorthanded goose-egg with a bar-down equalizer in the final minute of the first period.
Points for Providence forward Christian Hanson, who Xeroxed his output of a goal and an assist from Saturday night’s 3-2 win at Portland.
Late in the opening frame, Hanson was parked in front of Sateri when blueliner Matt Bartkowski unleashed a wide-angle bid that he helped to pinball home, giving the Bruins first blood.
Early in the second, Hanson helped to renew the advantage when he lassoed a fugitive rebound and handed it off to Justin Florek, who smuggled in a wraparound at 3:59.
The two leads Hanson helped to spawn would last for only 5:04 and 6:33, respectively, as Worcester retorted with a variety of special teams’ strikes.
Skaters, all of them forwards, who have suited up for each of the first 19 games, or, put another way, the first quarter of the 76-game regular-season schedule. Chris Bourque, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, Hanson, Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif are the six ironmen while the goaltenders, Michael Hutchinson and Svedberg, have dressed each night, though they have not always seen action.
Minutes and 39 seconds of shorthanded time for Providence amidst a second period that was penalty-free for the Sharks.
The Bruins’ second of three unanswered infractions, a high-sticking double-minor incurred by Tardif at 9:53, effectively set up Tim Kennedy’s 2-2 equalizer to ultimately force overtime at 10:32.
That still left another full two minutes for Providence to kill, which it did. Ditto an ill-advised interference penalty committed by Caron on the porch of the Worcester cage with only 2:06 left until intermission.
In turn, Tardif’s indiscretion may have cost the P-Bruins a chance to deny any points to a divisional rival, but the stinginess of the PK brigade thereafter ensured at least one point for themselves.
Total shots on goal by rookie defenseman Zach Trotman, a new single-game season-high by any Providence player.
The Bruins' blue-line brigade accounted for 22 of the 53 registered stabs at Sateri, though none of them could solve the Worcester netminder.
Shots on the Sharks' net within the first 10 minutes of play, as opposed to only two against Svedberg in that span. Sateri had an answer for each of those bids and subsequently enjoyed a more titanic tangle with Svedberg, ultimately proving himself more battle-tested in the lightning round.
When their tempest neutralized, the Bruins went on a 9-6 run in the shooting gallery over the latter half of the first period and did not beat Sateri until Hanson's icebreaker at the 14:23 mark. In the middle frame, the Sharks out-shot the Bruins, 13-12, and each party doubled its deadlocked scoring output to 2-2.
Overall, following its feverish, but ultimately fruitless frenzy, Providence would run up a more level 37-30 edge while the two clubs nabbed their two goals during the remaining 55 minutes of action.