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Nine is Fine — Pens WIN 3-0

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The most methodical win the Penguins have had in a while is also a record setting one as the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins defeat the Providence Bruins to set a franchise record for consecutive home wins in any season, winning their ninth at home by a 3-0 score over the Providence Bruins on Friday night.

Since the Penguins were so methodical with their game plan tonight., let’s not waste any time and get right to the meat on this blog post, shall we?

Lines were the same from Wednesday in Binghamton but since I didn’t share those, let’s do so now.

Scott Wilson – Kael Mouillierat – Conor Sheary
Kevin Porter – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Tom Sestet – J-S Dea – Josh Archibald

Derrick Pouliot – Steve Oleksy
Tim Erixon – Will O’Neill
Reid McNeill – Niclas Andersen

Matt Murray – Tristan Jarry.

Scratches were Clark Seymour and Tyler Biggs. Maria Marcantuoni was sent to Wheeling before the game. Injury scratches remain Barry Goers and Tom Kuhnhackl.

First Period: Providence came in with the leagues best shots against total at 24.89 per game and the Penguins got to half of that with twelve shots in the period. One of them went in when Conor Sheary wired a shot past Providence starter Malcolm Subban and in when the Penguins were working hard down low. They actually wanted to swing the puck up to a defenseman but the passing lane was blocked so Sheary worked a little give and go with Kael Mouillierat and finished for a 1-0 Penguins lead. The Bruins only had 5 shots in the period.

Second Period: Mouillierat deflected in a Scott Wilson slap pass in for a 2-0 lead at 8:13 for the Penguins only power play of the game. Penguins just didn’t give the Bruins anything in the way of open opportunities. I don’t know if it is a systems thing or if the Penguins are really that good. But everything that they wanted to do tonight from an execution standpoint seemed to have worked.

Third Period: Providence came out with fire to open the period and hit a post but the Penguins and Murray made sure that they wouldn’t make it a 2-1 game. You had the sense that if the Bruins made it 2-1, the Penguins would lose all momentum, start to panic and then next thing you know it’s a 2-2 game. That never happened. Later, Reid McNeill shot a pass deliberately wide to Dominik Simon wheeling around the net and he snuck it past Subban to make it a 3-0 Penguins lead. Even with the P-Bruins going full 6-on-4 on a late power play with Subban pulled, they were never able to solve Murray.

Three Stars: 3) Kael Mouillierat (goal, assist, +1) 2) Conor Sheary (goal, +1) and 1) Matt Murray (29 save shutout)

Around the Division: They don’t play in our division anymore but the Binghamton Senators were shutout tonight by the Albany Devils tonight in Albany by a score of 4-0. That’s not the storyline here. What is is that the Senators had only SIX shots on goal in the entire game. No, really. Six.

Had to give that it’s own paragraph. And to think that the Penguins struggle at times against Binghamton. Go figure.

Anyway, Lehigh Valley needed a shootout to get past Hershey tonight in a wild game, 6-5 the final there…Springfield blanked Hartford 2-0….Utical beat Portland 4-1. Bridgeport was off.

Standings: Penguins (.882 percentage points) — Bridgeport (.675) — Hershey (.632) — Springfield (.559) — Lehigh Valley (.475) — Hartford (.450) — Portland (.438) — Providence (.342)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off tonight. They host the Brampton Beast tomorrow.

Here’s an infographic of the team record winning streak:


You’ll have to wait on video highlights cause I am still waiting on them at 10:45 p.m. If I can get to an edit tomorrow, I will certainly throw those in.

Gameday for Pens / Bears will hit the blog Saturday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

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