Rabbit scores twice as Bruins top Sharks, 3-1

Friday’s Boxscores

Wacey Rabbit netted a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, as Providence took a 3-1 road victory over Worcester on Friday at the DCU Center.

Rabbit scored an even strength goal in the opening period and provided a shorthanded insurance goal in the final stanza for the Bruins, who moved into first place overall in the AHL at 5-0-0-1 (11 points). Providence finished last season as the AHL’s regular-season points champion.

Mikko Lehtonen also scored for Providence, and goaltender Tuukka Rask made it all stand up with 33 saves on 34 shots.

The Bruins were outshot 34-12 for the contest but still avenged a shootout loss at Worcester last weekend, which remains the only blemish on their record thus far.

Defenseman Derek Joslin tallied the Sharks’ lone goal on the power play in the second period.

Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti posted a goal and an assist as Hartford edged visiting Philadelphia, 2-1, at the XL Center.

With the game tied 1-1, Sanguinetti scored at 5:43 of the third period to provide the winning margin. Hartford goaltender Miika Wiikman earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau initially gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead with a power play goal in the first period, and the Phantoms’ Boyd Kane netted a power play goal of his own 3:57 into the third.

Mark Mancari and Tyler Bouck tallied goals in the third period to help Portland rally past Bridgeport by a 4-3 final at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Bouck’s game-winner came with just 2:51 remaining in regulation.

Nathan Gerbe and Chris Butler also scored for the Pirates, and goaltender Adam Dennis picked up the win with 33 saves on 36 shots.

The Sound Tigers took a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Tim Jackman and Andrew MacDonald. Mike Iggulden scored in the second period, at the time giving Bridgeport a 3-1 advantage.

Manchester took a 3-0 lead with 4:31 left in regulation but had to hold off a late Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rally to emerge with a 3-2 win over the Penguins at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Gabe Gauthier, Viatcheslav Voynov, and Alex Martinez netted goals for the Monarchs, with Martinez’ power play marker at 15:29 of the third giving Manchester its 3-0 advantage.

But the Penguins’ Ben Lovejoy broke up the shutout at 18:29, and Jeff Taffe made it a 3-2 game just 43 seconds later.

The Monarchs held on in the end, as goaltender Jonathan Quick finished with 31 saves on the night. Teddy Purcell chipped in a pair of assists in the win.

Springfield scored three times in the first period and held on for a 3-2 home-ice win over Albany at the MassMutual Center.

Ryan Potulny netted a pair of goals for the Falcons and Liam Reddox tallied the other. Rob Schremp garnered a pair of helpers.

Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the win between the pipes with 25 saves.

Jakub Petruzalek and Nick Dodge scored for the River Rats.

Jonathan Sigalet’s first goal in a Syracuse uniform came 4:04 into overtime to give the Crunch a 4-3 win over visiting Binghamton at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Craig MacDonald, Adam Pineault, and Clay Wilson also scored for Syracuse, which overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to come away with the win.

Crunch goaltender Dan LaCosta stopped 30 of 33 shots in the winning effort.

Ilya Zubov, Alexander Nikulin, and Ryan Shannon found the back of the net for the Senators, whose four-game road winning streak to open the season was snapped.

Drew Larman, Karl Stewart, and Kenndal McArdle all posted a goal and an assist as Rochester got into the victory column with a 5-4 home-ice decision over Quad City at the Blue Cross Arena.

Michael Duco and Shawn Matthias also lit the lamp for the Americans, who had begun the season with five straight regulation losses. It marked the first AHL head coaching win for Rochester bench boss Benoit Groulx.

Tanner Glass chipped in a pair of assists, and goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu earned the win with 36 saves.

Kris Chucko and David Van der Gulik had a goal and a helper apiece for the Flames, while Jamie Lundmark had a team-high three points, all assists.

Six different skaters netted goals as Milwaukee doubled up visiting Peoria by a 6-3 count at the Bradley Center.

Andreas Thuresson and Cal O’Reilly led the way with a goal and an assist apiece for the Admirals, who also received markers from Scott Ford, Kelsey Wilson, Geoff Peters, and Antti Pihlstrom.

Nick Spaling and Josh Gratton each contributed a pair of helpers, and goaltender Mark Dekanich stopped 22 of 25 shots in the winning effort.

Nikolay Lemtyugov posted a goal and an assist for the Rivermen, while Jim Jackson and Nicholas Drazenovic also lit the lamp.

Drew Miller’s power play goal at 15:57 of the third period lifted Iowa to a 4-3 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Bobby Ryan, Eric Boguniecki, and Andrew Ebbett also scored for the Chops, while Miller finished with three points on the night (1-2-3).

Iowa goaltender David LeNeveu made 22 saves to pick up the victory.

Lake Erie’s Brian Willsie netted his sixth goal in as many games in the losing effort, while Tom Fritsche and Per Ledin added markers for the Monsters.

Manitoba handed Houston its first loss of the young campaign, a 3-1 home-ice decision before 6,614 fans at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

After a scoreless first period, Krys Kolanos put the Aeros on top 18:25 into the second with his fourth goal in three AHL games this season.

The Moose rallied in the third period, however, as Mark Cullen tallied the equalizer just 1:02 into the stanza. Mario Bliznak’s first professional goal gave Manitoba the lead at 9:06, and Michel Ouellet sealed the victory with an empty-net marker at 18:39.

Moose goaltender Cory Schneider made 17 saves in the winning effort, as Manitoba captured its third consecutive game after starting the year with two straight losses.

Tim Brent tallied both a regulation and shootout goal as Rockford outlasted visiting Norfolk by a 5-4 final at the MetroCentre.

The IceHogs took a 3-0 lead in regulation on goals by Rob Klinkhammer, Jean-Claude Sawyer, and Brent.

But the Admirals came back to tie it, receiving markers from Radek Smolenak, Brandon Bochenski, and Blair Jones.

Norfolk’s Jamie Heward and Rockford’s Pascal Pelletier exchanged goals in the third period, and neither team scored in overtime.

Pelletier and Nathan Davis joined Brent with shootout goals for the IceHogs, and netminder Corey Crawford stopped three of four attempts by his former team after making 28 saves through regulation and overtime.