By Bruce Berlet
HARTFORD, Conn. – Maxime Sauve provided the decisive offensive punch for the Providence Bruins in a 4-2 victory over the Connecticut Whale Tuesday night at the XL Center.
Sauve scored two power-play goals off rebounds in a three-goal third period that rallied the Bruins from trailing 2-1 after the second period.
Sauve also had two goals in the Bruins’ 3-2 victory at the XL Center on Jan. 15.
“It’s becoming a nice place to play and get some goals,” Sauve said. “I just try to play the game simple and put the puck on the net. I kept my feet moving, rushed the net, played hard and found the puck.”
The Whale (22-18-2-5) seemingly had control through 40 minutes before four penalties led to Sauve having four of his 12 goals in the last two meetings with their Atlantic Division rival.
“That’s the way it was going,” Whale coach Ken Gernander said of the calls. “We had some power plays in the second period and capitalized, and (referees Jamie Koharski and Tim Mayer) are going to look to maybe make amends. But if you keep your stick on the ice and your feet moving, you should be all right.
“But when you feel you’re on the defensive and flat-footed, there are going to be opportunities where you’re going to put yourself in a compromising position and possibly take a penalty. They were playing the whole third period in the offensive zone and could be aggressive.”
Consecutive penalties on Stu Bickel (interference), Jared Nightingale (boarding) and newcomer Bretton Cameron (tripping) in the opening 7:34 of the third period and a slashing call on Tessier that offset a hooking penalty on Colby Cohen led to Sauve’s two power-play goals as the Bruins amassed a 13-4 shot advantage in less than 11 minutes.
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