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Simon You Later — Pens WIN 3-2 (OT)

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I thought this tweet from Tom Venesky from The Times Leader summed up the Penguins 3-2 overtime win over the Springfield Falcons nicely:


After playing from behind pretty much the whole game, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and somehow manage to win the game in overtime. The penalty killing was phenomenal, starting goaltender Matt Murray was again stellar in net and the Penguins just found a way, like most teams do.

It was surprisingly Matt Murray against Louis Domingue in net again tonight, scuttlebutt here on this blog and elsewhere was that Tristan Jarry was going to get his first home start of the season but it was not to be.

The Penguins called up Ty Loney from the Wheeling Nailers earlier today. He was in for the injured Tom Sestito who Coach Sullivan told Venesky after the game has a lower body injury and will get re-evaluated on Monday. Niclas Andersen was in for Reid McNeill on defense. Here is a look at the rest of the lines…

Scott Wilson – J-S Dea – Conor Sheary
Tom Kuhnhackl – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Ty Loney – Matia Marcantuoni – Josh Archibald

Derrick Pouliot – Steve Oleksy
Niclas Andersen – David Warsofsky
Tim Erixon – Will O’Neill

Matt Murray – Tristan Jarry

First Period: The Falcons jumped ahead with third first go ahead goal of the season and their first lead of the year I think when ex-Penguin Dustin Jeffrey ripped one past Matt Murray for a 1-0 lead. Then, it appeared that J-S Dea scored but upon video review he; 1) never put a stick on the puck going in (he was pushed from behind) 2) interfered with Domingue to a point to where the goaltender was unable to play his position and 3) may have kicked the puck in the net. When referee Ben Moser waved off the goal, there wasn’t much argument from the Penguins bench.

Later, Scott Wilson did score a goal on a nice wraparound the net, got Domingue down and roofed it over him for a tie game.

Shots after one were 15-5 Springfield. Mainly because the Penguins spent almost half the period killing penalties.

Second Period: The trend would continue. The Falcons go ahead from a shot from the near wall that Murray never seals off on on and its 2-1 Falcons. The Penguins were taking penalty after penalty and were not able to build any momentum. They looked desperate, almost like the 0-4 team they were playing against in Springfield. The penalty kill was great, going 5-for-5 to this point.

Third Period: Tom Kuhnhackl scored on an NHL caliber snipe of a shot. He had a quick step off the blue line while the Falcons were trying to carry the puck out of the zone. Dominik Simon found him, and all of a sudden he had room to take a shot low and to the blocker side of Domingue, who never was able to get to it in time. Tie game. The Penguins were finally starting to find their legs and generate chances, several of which nearly gave them the lead and command of the game but Domingue held the fort for the Falcons. It was onto…

Overtime: Thirty-six seconds in and Dominik Simon backhanded a shot over Domingue and in for the overtime winner.

Three Stars: 3) Scott Wilson (goal, +1) 2) Greg Carey (goal, assist, +2) and 1) Dominik Simon (game winning overtime goal, assist, +2)

Around the Division: Albany extracts some revenge on Portland and wins 3-1 in their home opener…Chris Bourque nets the overtime game winning goal for the Hershey Bears in overtime as they defeat the Hartford WolfPack 3-2…St. John’s beats Bridgeport 3-2 and Lehigh Valley defeats Providence 3-1.

Standings: Penguins (.833 win percentage) — Hartford (.750) — Bridgeport (.714) — Portland (.600) — Hershey (.600) — Providence (.429) — Lehigh Valley (.400) — Springfield (.100)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers won their home opener against the Brampton Beast by a score of 5-1. Derek Army had a goal and two assists. Clark Seymour and Sahir Gill had goals as well.

Here is your post game info graphic…


Penguins are back in action Wednesday at home against the Binghamton Senators. I’ll have a chart refresh up on the blog sometime Sunday and the Week 3 AHL Power Rankings on the blog Monday at 4. Check it all out then!

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