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P-Bruins Season Recap

by Anthony Gulizia / Boston Bruins – The Providence Bruins 2011-12 season came to an end on a high note with a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates on Sunday, April 15.

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The Bruins went 3-2 in the final five games to finish with a 35-34-7 record – which left them 12th in the Eastern Conference and out of the playoffs for the third straight season.

Forward Carter Camper’s 18 goals and team-high 30 assists landed him atop the team’s scoring chart with 48 points, while forward Craig Cunningham led the team with 20 goals and had 16 assists. Forward Josh Hennessy was second on the team with 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points.

Defenseman David Warsofsky led all blueliners with five goals and 24 assists, while Matt Bartkowski was second with three goals and 19 assists.

Throughout the season, 12 different Providence players were called up to the Boston Bruins – including forward Jordan Caron and goaltender Anton Khudobin who are still with the NHL club.

Caron, who made several moves between the two teams throughout the season, settled in with Boston after being recalled Feb. 4 and has five goals and five assists since then. Caron played a total of 48 regular season games for the Bruins with seven goals and eight assists, and is yet to appear in the playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

Khudobin made his first start with the Boston Bruins April 5 and made 44 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien applauded Khudobin’s effort after the victory, and said that he is confident having him as a backup while Tuukka Rask recovers from injury.

Providence forward Zach Hamill appeared in 16 games for the Bruins and registered two assists, before being sent back to the P-Bruins Feb. 7 for the remainder of the season.

Hamill finished with eight goals and 13 assists in 41 games for Providence.

Forwards Lane MacDermid, Carter Camper and Max Sauve all made their NHL debuts with the Boston Bruins this season.

In MacDermid’s first contest against the New York Rangers March 4, he dropped the gloves with Brandon Rupp and played four more games before being assigned to Providence March 13.

MacDermid was recalled again April 4, but didn’t play and was assigned April 6. With Providence, MacDermid finished with four goals and 12 assists in 69 games.

Camper was recalled to Boston Feb. 20 and scored his first career NHL goal in his third NHL game against the Ottawa Senators Feb. 25. He also played against the St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres Feb. 22 and 24 before being assigned to Providence on the trade deadline.

Goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who was recalled March 3 to serve as Tim Thomas’s backup until the team signed Marty Turco, never got his first NHL start but practiced with the Bruins.

He finished strong in Providence, going 3-1 as he started four of the team’s final five games of the season and finished with a 13-14-1 record.

Other bright spots for the P-Bruins included the off-ice community contributions of Zack McKelvie, which earned him the team’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award.

The first-year defenseman spent his time volunteering at local schools and community organizations, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland Beach. McKelvie, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, participated in “Homes for our Troops” and made various contributions to benefit the military and veterans. McKelvie is one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.

Also, on Feb. 8, American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the Providence Bruins and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority will host the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic as part of a weekend of festivities January 25-28, 2013.

---Anthony Gulizia
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