Penguins are in a funk right now. They are winless in those five and now pointless in the last three.
I ran some numbers during the game. The Pens top line of Eric Tangradi, Trevor Smith and Philippe Dupuis are 3-4-7 in the five game skid.
The Penguins were 10-2 in the month of November. They are now 1-5 in the month of December.
Something has to change, obviously.
They lose 4-0 in Syracuse and are shut out on the road for the first time in over a year.
Brad Thiessen vs. Dustin Tokarski – Joey Mormina and Alex Grant rotated out for Dylan Reese and Brian Strait on the defensive side.
First Period: Zach Sill was back in the lineup too. He fought twice in the period, KO’ing Mike Angelidis six second in and then later vs. JP Cote. Elsewhere in the period the Pens looked great five on five and then on the power plays they looked herky jerky. Penguins had to kill a huge five on three penalty. Later, Brett Connolly scored a goal which looked like Thiessen was interfered on. Referees reviewed it but let the goal stand.
Second Period: Penguins could not get a single thing going this period. Thiessen was keeping the Penguins in the game, only down 1-0, but Alex Killorn would score a goal on a tip-in to make it 2-0 Crunch. Then, another goal review on a Crunch alleged goal, this time the refs would rule no goal. Pens would have to kill three consecutive penalties. They generated nothing in the period. Six shots on goal all period.
Third Period: Tyler Johnson picks off a WBS exit zone pass and feeds Pierre-Cedric Labrie for a 3-0 Crunch lead. More inert Penguin offensive chances. Tyler Johnson rebound goal to put it away, 4-0. That was all she wrote.
Three Stars: 3) Tyler Johnson (goal, assist , +1) 2) Alex Killorn (goal, assist, +1) and 1) Dustin Tokarski (29 save shutout)
Around the Division: Worcester beats Hershey in a thriller 4-3 in a shootout. Norfolk beats Bridgeport 3-2 in a shootout also. Binghamton was off.
Standings: Syracuse 37 — Binghamton 30 — Penguins 28 — Hershey 28 — Norfolk 23
Conference: 1) SYR (37) 2) SPR (33) 3) PRO (30) 4) BNG (30) 5) POR (30) 6) WOR (29) 7) WBS (28) 8) HER (28)
Wheeling Update: Nailers beat the Fort Wayne Komets at home in overtime 3-2. Patrick Killeen was spotted in the stands with his left hand heavily wrapped.
SendToNews Highlights: Not all the teams put these up. I have no idea if Syracuse does, honestly.
Heard that the Penguins have a Christmas party tomorrow. Hope they ask Santa to get some wins this month, that would be nice.
Pens play Wednesday in Binghamton. I will be there. I love making the trip to the Southern Tier. Hopefully I am a bit of good luck and someone other than Trevor Smith scores a goal. Blogwise, I don’t know what I will have, but keep up to date with me on Twitter and occasionally on Facebook for all the latest.