I’ll use the lede in my Rapid Recap one post down for the lede here.
The Penguins were cruising in the third period of tonight’s game and heading to a power play up 3-0.
Then the bottom fell out.
A 4-3 shootout loss for the Penguins tonight to the Toronto Marlies. The game leading in was dubbed as a matchup between two heavyweight teams that were about as evenly matched from top to bottom. Even so in goal with the Penguins bringing in Casey DeSmith from the Wheeling Nailers this morning and the Marlies signing Ray Emery to a PTO hours before puck drop. It was a battle backups tonight in goal with Brian Foster squaring off against Antoine Bibeau.
To see it end in a shootout is mildly disappointing, to say the least.
The lineups were unchanged forward wise and defense wise. But in case you forgot…
Scott Wilson – Kael Mouillierat – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Ty Loney – J-S Dea – Josh Archibald
Derrick Pouliot – Clark Seymour
Tim Erixon – Will O’Neill
Reid McNeill – Niclas Andersen
Brian Foster – Casey DeSmith
First Period: Wilkes-Barre would jump out to a 2-0 lead but not before a long 5-on-3 for the Penguins that seemed rushed, panicked and disorganized. Brian Foster was called into the game early, denying a Nikita Soshnikov breakaway attempt on the 5-on-3.
Clark Seymour scored on a rocket of a shot from the top of the circles to give the Penguins an early 1-0 lead…
Scott Wilson would double the Penguins lead when he outworked Stuart Percy on this play…
At this point the Penguins were firing on all eight cylinders. They wanted to win for their coach Jay Leach, the injured Tristan Jarry and probably for Brian Foster in goal.
First Intermission: I always look for people to give me insight as to what they are seeing. There is a man by the name of John that I always visit on the concourse of nearly every home game. After the first period, I went over and visited. He cautioned me that the Penguins were getting worn down by the Marlies and that it was something that the Penguins used to do to opponents all the time. It was just something he gave me to watch out for as the game went on.
Second Period: The Marlies were working the Penguins again, forechecking them hard, but about half way through, Toronto was without a shot. The Penguins outshot the Marlies 16-7 in the period but were not able to extend the lead further.
Third Period: Penguins cash on a power play when Derrick Pouliot gets one past Bibeau to make it 3-0. The Pens were rolling and about to head on another power play.
Then my buddy John’s premonition came true.
Mark Arcobello scored on a wired wrist shot that beat Foster at 4:38 and the Marlies were on the board. The goal snapped a shutout streak of 225:07 that the Penguins as a team were on.
Hockey is a funny game. You can go three full games without allowing a goal, then give up two in the span of :39, while killing the same penalty.
That’s what Nikita Soshnikov did when he scored to make it 3-2.
The Penguins would not score on that power play, but Mark Arcobello gift wrapped another for them immediately after the one they got scored on twice shorthanded expired.
You knew it was coming…
Rich Clune got a step on a Penguin defender and slipped it past Foster and the game was tied.
Collectively, you simply cannot allow something like this to happen. You just can’t.
Quick, blame the goaltender!
The Penguins took that eight cylinder car I referenced in the first period and got it to the end of regulation overheating, with a crack in the windshield, a busted tail light and three flat tires heading into…
Overtime: Penguins would have to kill a too many men on the ice call and did. It was onto a…
Shootout: Dominik Simon’s attempt was poke checked away, Scott Wilson missed his chance high and J-S Dea’s chance went wide. Foster stopped Arcobello on a shot that went wide, William Nylander when he tried the five hole but wasn’t able to stop Soshnikov’s attempt…
Three Stars: 3) Richard Clune (goal, +1) 2) Scott Wilson (goal, assist, -1) and 1) Nikita Soshnikov (goal, +1 and the game winning shootout goal)
Derrick Pouliot took two penalties tonight and was on the ice for two of the Marlies shorthanded goals. There is a lot of talk about whether he should be in the NHL with Pittsburgh or here. I don’t think he made a case to get called up tomorrow with tonight’s performance.
Around the Division: Utica beats Springfield 7-4…Hershey coughs up a 3-1 lead in Allentown and loses 6-4 to the Phantoms…Providence beats Bridgeport 3-2 in overtime and Rochester crushed Hartford 7-1.
Standings: Penguins (.788 percentage points) — Hershey (.630) — Bridgeport (.603) — Portland (.521) — Providence (.519) — Lehigh Valley (.500) — Springfield (.444) — Hartford (.429)
Wheeling Update: The only organizational team to win tonight, the Nailers defeated the Quad City Mallards 4-1 tonight in Moline, IL. Anton Zlobin played and had an assist. Derek Army and John McCarron both had a goal and an assist in the win. Franky Palazzese stopped 39 of 40 shots to collect his eighth win of the year. The Nailers are now just a point off the idle Toledo Walleye for the top spot in the North Division and rematch the Mallards on Saturday.
Here is the post game infographic…
Update on Tristan Jarry as told to Tom:
If I see video highlights tomorrow I will edit them in.
Onto Syracuse tomorrow. Gameday setup for this hist the blog Saturday at 3.
Let’s Go Pens!