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Bird on Bird Violence – Pens WIN 4-3 (SO)

Pens win their third game of the weekend, third in a shootout, winning today in Springfield 4-3 in a shootout. Patrick Killeen started the game and won his first AHL game. Pens finish off a perfect six point weekend.

But no one will remember any of that on this day. Why? Steve MacIntyre completely lost his mind and went into full rage mode. I will let the tweets of Penguins beat writer Jonathan Bombulie set this up:

MacIntyre received a five minute match penalty and a five minute roughing penalty which to me, was a bit lenient. However, the AHL is going to look at this and I would say that an undisclosed fine and a suspension in the neighborhood of ten games. More, if he went and struck a linesman, which may have happened.

Who knows. League usually announces these things Tuesday. We will see.

Anyway, another spirited tilt today in Springfield. For teams which played two games prior, three goals in 3:37. No flies on these teams in this third game in less than 48 hours.

Patrick Killeen vs. Paul Dainton – Brandon DeFazio was scratched for Matt Rust and Cody Wild for Philip Samuelsson.

First Period: Alex Picard takes a pass in the skates from Ryan Craig and scored. Next shift, ex-Pens prospect Nathan Longpre scored for Springfield to tie the game at 1. Then, Ryan Craig whacks in his won rebound to make it 2-1 Penguins. This was after lackadaisical defense from the Falcons blue liners, which let the Pens beat them to an icing call.

Second Period: Dainton made a pad save on a Craig shot, Jason Williams rebound. Joey Mormina took an interference penalty and Alex Giroux wasted no time in evening the score at two. Then, for some reason, Bill Guerin (yes, THAT Bill Guerin) got ejected for arguing a call. This put the Pens down two men as Brian Gibbons took a slashing call. In the power play, Alex Giroux scored a rebound goal to push the Falcons out to 3-2. Then, late, the MacIntyre insanity. He went full rage mode. He cross checked Amadio in the back, then went after Dainton. The scrum broke up then he suckered Dainton again. The Mass Mutual Center didn’t replay anything, but AHL Live will have it on archive probably tomorrow. I will take a look at it again to get a more better look. Out of it, the Falcons had an 8:00 power play.

Third Period: The Falcons could do little with the extended power play. They managed maybe one, two, shots on goal. Pens killed it all off. Then, Ryan Garlock (un)intentionally snowed Killeen and ended up in the box. On the power play, Alex Grant scored to even the game at three. Dainton had no idea where the puck was. He was looking the other way. Then it was on to…

Overtime: Solved nothing.

Shootout: Killeen let Cody Goloubef score in Round 1 but denied the next four shooters. Cal O’Reilly and Colin McDonald scored for the Pens. Game. Set. Match.

Three Stars: 3) Martin St. Pierre (two assists, -2) 2) Ryan Craig (goal, assist, +2) 1) Alexandre Giroux (two goals, -2)

Around the Division: Hey, a perfect three game weekend is great, but when the Norfolk Admirals have won FIFTEEN straight games, it’s downgraded to possibly insignificant. But the Pens remain on the heels of the Admirals, barely. The Admirals beat Bridgeport 6-3. A HUGE Wednesday tilt in Norfolk looms between the Pens and Admirals. The AHL record for consecutive wins is 17, set by the Philadelphia Phantoms a few years ago. Syracuse won 5-1 at home vs. Albany.

Standings: Admirals 87 / Pens 79 / Bears 72 / Crunch 60 / Senators 52

Conference: 1-NOR (87) 2-StJ (81) 3-BRI (72) 4-WBS (79) 5-HER (72) 6-CT (72) 7-MCH (65) 8-ALB (64)

Huge Wednesday game looms for the Pens. They will have help on the blue line as Simon Despres and Brian Strait were re-assigned this afternoon.

I drive home Monday morning. Fodder will be scarce otherwise as the team will most likely travel Tuesday. Stick with me on Twitter for the latest.

Let’s Go Pens!

2 responses to “Bird on Bird Violence – Pens WIN 4-3 (SO)

  1. russell lucas March 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Wait, what? Regarding Guerin’s ejection, was he behind the S/W-B bench? I know he’s an employee of the organization, but I didn’t think he was doing coach/bench work for the affiliate.

    • nafsnep March 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Russell – he sometimes moonlights behind the WBS bench as the Player Development Coach (which he is) – my thought was the referees didn’t view him as a “coach” and as he mouthed off they simply ran him.