Bruins hold off Sharks to regain Atlantic lead

Mikko Lehtonen scored Providence’s only two goals and Kevin Regan turned aside 34 shots as the Bruins defeated the Worcester Sharks, 2-1, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the AHL’s only action on Sunday afternoon.

The win moves the Bruins back into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of Hartford and three up on the Sharks.

Regan, a 24-year-old rookie out of the University of New Hampshire, was making his third start in as many days with Tuukka Rask on NHL recall to the parent Boston Bruins. He improved to 8-5-1 on the season.

Lehtonen scored his 13th and 14th goals on the year as Providence snapped a four-game home losing streak. The B’s improved to 5-0-1-0 against Worcester this season and 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 meetings with the Sharks.

Steven Zalewski had the only goal for the Sharks, spoiling Regan’s shutout bid with 57.7 seconds left in regulation.

Worcester, playing the first of seven straight road games, got 18 saves from Thomas Greiss (16-12-2) in defeat.