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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
79 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
I’m in the hurry-up with this blog post because it’s a work night for me and I have to see the dentist tomorrow at 7 a.m. He never makes any money off of me anyway, I am blessed to be 37 years old and have never had a cavity ever. But for having my wisdom teeth extracted about 7 years ago, I go twice a year to this guy and he’s disappointed with me for all the right reasons. He didn’t even pull my wisdom teeth, I was referred.
Whoa. How the heck did I get off on that tangent? Anyway, the Pens won tonight at home against Binghamton by a score of 4-1.
It was another methodical win. Binghamton jumps ahead in the first period, Matt Murray locks it down the rest of the way as he stops 32 of 33 and gets offensive help in the form of Dominik Uher who scored twice.
Matt Murray opposed Chris Driedger.
Up front, the lines were unchanged from Sunday, unchanged from Saturday. They were…
Josh Archibald – J-S Dea – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Ty Loney – Sahir Gill – Patrick McGrath
Derrick Pouliot – Steve Oleksy
Tim Erixon – Adam Clendening
Reid McNeill – Niclas Andersen
Matt Murray – Casey Desmith
Coal Street sent Brian Foster to Wheeling Monday. The likelihood that Tristan Jarry retuning this weekend remains a strong possibility. You let Desmith get a few AHL practices and let him back up and learn from Matt Murray. Murray will probably start Friday in Lehigh Valley then it’s anyone’s guess who starts Saturday against Utica.
Steve Oleksy returned and was reunited with Derrick Pouliot. Adam Clendening paired with Tim Erixon. John McCarron skated warmups. Will O’Neill was straight scratched.
First Period: Binghamton took all the ice out from under the Penguins and didn’t allow them any space. Matt Puempel pounced on a juicy rebound left by Murray on a Guillaume Lepine shot which gave the Sens a 1-0 lead at 6:57.
Teams traded power play chances but neither scored. The only other noteworthy thing to happen in the period was the Penguins dressing three A’s, plus Kostopoulos in the C. Rust, Andersen and Oleksy started the period with them, but Andersen had his removed later on.
Second Period: The quick strike offense seen Sunday in Hartford appeared again Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre. Two early goals :57 apart for the Penguins had them ahead 2-1. Reid McNeill had a point shot tipped by Dominik Uher past Driedger for a tie game then Adam Clendening pounced on a Binghamton clear, swept to Sahir Gill who blasted it past Driedger and in for a 2-1 Wilkes-Barre lead.
Pat McGrath fought again. This time Mark Fraser. This is tail end of it video:
Penguins were all over the B-Sens, out shooting them 11-3 at one point but then Binghamton came alive and outshot the Pens 10-1 with the benefit of two power plays. Murray and the Penguins penalty kill kept them off the scoreboard, but were not able to build on the 2-1 lead heading into the…
Third Period: Penguins needed the intermission to gather themselves and reset. Natural born lteaders usually step up in situations like this:
Kostopoulos broke up a D to D pass and raced in, fought off the waterskiing defensemen trailing and extended the lead for the Penguins to 3-1.
Penguins clamped down on the Sens. Bend but not break, Matt Murray solid again. Dominik Uher added an empty net goal with Driedger pulled.
Three Stars: Were 3) Sahir Gill (game winning goal, +1) 2) Matt Murray (32 saves on 33 shots) and 1) Dominik Uher (two goals, +3)
Around the Division: They all watched us.
Standings: Penguins (.742 percentage points) — Hershey (.600) — Portland (.578) — Bridgeport (.569) — Lehigh Valley (.514) — Providence (.471) — Hartford (.441) — Springfield (.424)
Wheeling Update: They too, watched us.
Here’s the infographic from Coal Street:
And the video highlights:
Pens have a scheduled day off tomorrow. I am expecting that the All-Star selections will be made sometime this week, probably Wednesday, so look for the next blog update to come at that time.
Brush daily. Remember to floss. Let’s Go Pens!
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