Quietly entertaining: Providence postgame

The shot’s easy to find: Wayne Simpson at about 11:17. He’s the only Bruin with a shot on goal on the first-intermission printout. You can’t see it on the final box, but that “1” in the shots box says it.

“I thought our first period was excellent. We were moving the puck well,” Brent Thompson said. “The power play had great movement. Subban was great on their side.”

Puck management and discipline — three penalties, two of them in a row — bugged him in the second. But they got back to it in the third.

“I thought we played a really solid game,” Ryan Pulock said. “The first period, we didn’t give up many shots. The whole team, I thought, played pretty solid defensively. We had chances to score.”

He had a couple of them, catching a bad break when his stick broke on a power-play shot in the slot. But he buried the one in overtime.

They’ve won five in a row all of a sudden.

Jaroslav Halak’s last AHL shutout before tonight. (JON GLEED!) The gamer is mostly on him — Halak, not Gleed — and if he wasn’t exactly in “Rick DiPietro singing ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ in Game 7 against Hamilton” territory, he had some long stretches of inactivity to shake off. Did so well enough, with iron helping.

Don’t think there was a whistle in overtime. Pulock joins Mike Halmo as Sound Tigers to win overtime games 1-0. Alan pointed out how close to a year ago that was. I didn’t get a clear look at what Bracken Kearns did to Alex Grant to force the game-winning turnover, but he got away with it.

Game-high six shots for Andrew Rowe, whose scoring streak nonetheless ended at four, which ties his AHL career best (set… a few weeks ago, right around New Year’s). Since I looked it up, he had some tears in the ECHL, with a career-long 11-game streak two years ago.

Congrats to Josh Bailey on 100 NHL goals. Still has the longest active scoring streak by a Sound Tiger, eight games, in case he ever comes back someday.

The Albany Devils, Pete Dougherty reports, are expected to move to Binghamton next season to replace the Senators. That’s been the gossip more or less since the Sens announced Belleville. Sorry to see it, though. (I’d long figured New Jersey to be the team that followed the Islanders in here. Nope. Or, well, at least not yet.)

Steve Oleksy‘s on waivers.

Hershey beat Hartford, and the link serves a dual purpose tonight: It points out that Bridgeport and Hershey kept pace with each other, depending whether you worry about points (in which case it’s Bridgeport with Hershey) or percentage (Hershey with Bridgeport). It’s also the prescout. Ryan Graves and Chris Summers were minus-4, including being on for the late game-winner. Attendance for AHL games in Connecticut tonight: 3,872. That wouldn’t be one to write home about if it were for only one game. Anyway.

And RIP, Mary Tyler Moore.

Optional tomorrow. We’ll see who’s around.

Michael Fornabaio