Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Sevenburg — Pens LOSE 4-1 (Series Tied 3-3)

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We will be fine.

I don’t want to hear about “.6” or how the referees are getting paid off to put the screws to the Penguins. Get out of here with that garbage.

We will be fine.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins were defeated tonight in Game 6 by a score of 4-1. They threw everything at Bruins starting goaltender Niklas Svedberg but were unable to get anything past him except for a late, with counterpart Peter Mannino pulled, extra attacker goal by Conor Sheary (who else for the Penguins?) to put the lone blemish on Svedberg who was far and away outstanding. He stopped 36 of 37 shots tonight.

Bruins were without the services of Joe Morrow tonight and really looked like a decimated team, with all of the manpower loss. Justin Florek and Zach Trotman are the other horses for this Providence team that are out with injury. They are also a team that plays great with their backs against the wall, as evidenced in last series vs. Springfield, a series where they were down 2-1 to the Falcons and rallied all the way back to take that series in five games.

So you give John Hynes and company two days to prepare for a winner take all Game 7 against a team that has holes at a lot of positions with a team that just got healthier with the return of Philip Samuelsson. I like my damn chances.

Svedberg played his best game of the series tonight. Shots were 22-7 at one point. He stopped everything and was outstanding. Can he do the same in less than 48 hours against a team on the same cliff as his, that just spent the better part of those 48 hours reviewing video and adjusting?

I guess that is why they play the game. Anything can happen in Game 7.

Dominik Uher, Bobby Farnham and Philip Samuelsson were in for Mike Carman, Josh Archibald and Barry Goers, respectively. Nick Drazenovic took the place of Adam Payerl.

Shots in the first period were 14-5 Penguins. They looked to finish the Bruins early, but Svedberg was on point.

Second period had this, before the bottom fell out:

Then, the bottom fell out….

A bad pinch by Simon Despres on the wall led to that rush by Khokhlachev.

Pens got a power play when the Bruins were caught with too many men but the Bruins killed it, later force a turnover at center ice on Jayson Megna, Khohkhlachev works some fancy passes to Bobby Robins, fresh off of a three game suspension and it’s 2-0.

Before all of this happened, Bobby Farnham appeared to have scored on a Cory Kane-esque hack and whack job that won it for the Bruins in Game 4. Referee Darcy Burchell ruled that Svedberg was pushed in the net with the puck and immediately washed it out.

You’ll get no argument from me by telling me that if that goal was allowed to stand, tonight’s outcome would be a little different.

Bruins cash in they third period on a carry over Philip Samuelsson slashing call with :03 to go in the second and make it 3-0. Ryan Spooner found Alex Khokhlachev at the net front. Khokhlachev made a move and scored to extend it to 3-0 for the Bruins. They locked things down from there. Sheary got his extra attacker goal with Mannino pulled. Ryan Spooner scored into an empty net to seal it late.

Three stars were 3) Conor Sheary (goal, even) 2) Niklas Svedberg (36 saves on 37 shots) and 1) Alexander Khokhlachev (two goals, assist, +1)

SendToNews Highlight package is here. The Farnham disallowed goal still comes at around the :45 mark. Simonelli for Providence pushes Svedberg into his own net, but ref Burchell wasn’t looking or had intent to blow. One of the two.

Let’s hope that this game isn’t a reverse of what happened in last years Game 6 with this very same team.

I don’t think it will be. I keep my sanity by constantly telling myself what Patrick Williams once said. That is, that if winning a Calder Cup were easy, we’d all have one.

Game 7 is Wednesday.

We will be fine.

Let’s Go Pens!

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