Three years after the Boston Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead, the Providence Bruins have followed in their parent club's footsteps. The Baby B's were up three games to none over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but watched as the Penguins won the next four games. The collapse was capped off with Wednesday night's 5-0 loss in Providence.
The Bruins collapse coincided with a couple changes. First, the Bruins were without Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski, two of their best defensemen who are currently playing very well for Boston. While not an excuse, it does not help to lose two of your best defensemen in the middle of the series.
The other change cam from the Penguins. After scoring 12 goals in the first two games, the Penguins put Brad Thiessen in net and he stymied the Bruins. He allowed just four goals in the final four games including two shutouts.
While its not the way the Bruins wanted to the end the season, this season was a revival for the Bruins. They finished as AHL regular season champions with 105 points and showed Boston that their is talent in Providence.
Carter Camper built off a solid regular season with eight goals and five assists in 12 playoff games. Jordan Caron had two goals and seven assists. Both could possibly get a shot at playing in Boston next year with some forwards heading for free agency.
Niklas Svedberg seemed to run out of gas at the end. Playing in his first season in North America, Svedberg really impressed during the regular season but once Krug and Bartkowski left, the wheels fell off the track. He allowed 13 goals in the final four games. Maybe he just got tired. Having the summer off to regroup and adjust to the grinds of the North American game should only help him improve.Boston, Boston Bruins, Carter Camper, Hockey, Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, NHL, Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins, Torey Krug