Looking to deliver a wakeup call to his struggling team, Providence Bruins coach Rob Murray scratched first-round draft pick Zach Hamill and Jeff Penner from the lineup for Saturday afternoon's game in Worcester, which Providence lost, 2-1, in overtime.
Murray made the decision after Friday night's 3-2 loss to Albany.
"I thought we should have won the game,'' Murray said on Monday. Providence led with 12 minutes left on Friday before yielding two goals.
Hamill, a center who has just one assist in eight games this season, was a non-factor on Friday night with one shot on goal.
Defenseman Penner was beaten by Brad Mills on Albany's first goal and was on the ice for the Devils' winning goal.
"You're looking at two guys that are supposed to be cornerstones of this team,'' Murray said. "By sitting them out you send a message to the rest of the team that nobody's going to be untouchable,'' Murray said.
Hamill and Penner are third-year pros. Hamill is an assistant captain.
Murray said he got the approval of Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, who attended Friday's game, before holding Hamill out on Saturday.
Hamill, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, is in the final year of his contract. The 22-year-old posted 26 points as a rookie and 44 last season.
Hamill and Penner returned to the lineup on Sunday in a 6-1 home loss to Worcester. In that game, Hamill was minus-2 with two shots, while Penner was minus-1 with one shot.
Check back tomorrow for more on the P-Bruins' weekend.