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Southern Tier Stunner — Pens WIN 3-0

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When I woke up to the news that the Pittsburgh Penguins had recalled Taylor Chorney and Derrick Pouliot from the Wilkes-Barre blue line, I thought that the Penguins were in trouble.

The Binghamton Senators lead the AHL in goal scored with 3.41 goals scored a game. The Penguins were left with defensemen Reid McNeill, Alex Boak, Nick D’Agostino, Clark Seymour, Barry Goers and a guy they just signed to a PTO from Wheeling by the name of Paul Cianfrini who all have a combined number of NHL games as you or I have. Zero.

Suffice to say, Shimes didn’t have much to say tonight.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins scored three goals in the first period and got 35 saves from Jeff Zatkoff and cruised to victory tonight by a score of 3-0. It was Zatkoff’s third shutout and ties him for second overall in the AHL in that department.

They also killed off all five Binghamton power plays that referee Geno Binda awarded them tonight, including a 5-on-3 penalty late in the game with less than two minutes to play.

I’m convinced that Head Coach John Hynes can win with a pile of sand and a bunch of frayed rope.

Everything happened tonight in the first period. The Penguins had just gone 0-for-2 on consecutive power plays when Alex Boak put the puck on net. It deflected off of a Binghamton defenseman’s stick in front and rainbowed over the body of goaltender Scott Greenham and in for a 1-0 Penguin lead.

About four minutes later, the Penguins scored twice in the span of less than a minute. Nick Drazenovic and Conor Sheary scored. Drazenovic snaked through Binghamton defenders and Sheary scored his on a three on two rush. Goals came from nearly the same spot.

In the second, the B-Sens made a push to get on the board a few times but Zatkoff held them out with some dazzling pad stops.

In the third, the Pens held the B-Sens at bay and didn’t really take too many chances with the puck. That’s a nice way to say that they played a boring period. The final two minutes were anything but boring with fights everywhere, including a line brawl that washed out leaving the Penguins having to kill a 5-on-3.

Three stars were, all Penguins, Conor Sheary (goal, +1) 2) Alex Boak (goal, assist, +2) and Jeff Zatkoff (35 save shutout)

Worth noting here that the only lineup changes the Penguins made were Clark Seymour and Paul Cianfrini for Taylor Chorney (who was scratched tonight for Pittsburgh) and Derrick Pouliot (who scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot) Sahir Gill was the only healthy scratch the Penguins made.

Around the Division: Hershey lost 2-1 in overtime to the Springfield Falcons….Lehigh Valley did the same in Hartford by the same score and Norfolk beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by the, you guessed it, same score only not in overtime but in regulation.

Standings: Penguins 37 — Hershey 32 — Lehigh Valley 31 — Binghamton 27 — Norfolk 24

Conference: 1) MCH (42) 2) SYR (41) 3) WBS (37) 4) SPR (41) 5) HFD (35) 6) PRO (32) 7) HER (32) 8) ALB (31)

Wheeling Update: You know, your heart goes out to Nailers fans and the team itself. A shorthanded Wheeling side lost 5-3 to the Greenville Road Warriors. Zack Torquato had two assists in the setback.

SendToNews Highlights: Are packaged here.

Penguins are off until December 26 when they face-off against Binghamton again in Binghamton. My Week 11 AHL Power Rankings will hit the blog at 4 p.m. on Monday. Check those out then.

Let’s Go Pens!

One response to “Southern Tier Stunner — Pens WIN 3-0

  1. Cyguy December 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Thanks, Jason, for all the hard work that goes into making a great blog. Merry Christmas.