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Providence Pasting — Pens LOSE 5-0

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Going with an abbreviated recap tonight as I was not at the game tonight, a 5-0 Providence Bruins win. I was driving back as the game was getting underway and got into radio range as the game was about 8 minutes old.

That’s when I should have turned around and went back to my Uncle’s house.

The Providence Bruins scored three times in the first period. Seth Griffith scored twice and was set up by ex-Penguin Max Talbot twice a and assisted on Talbot’s goal. From what I picked up on radio and in the Twitter play by play, the Penguins couldn’t get out of their own way in defending the Bruins, especially the line with Griffith and Talbot.

I saw Seth tweet during the blitzkrieg that Providence was outshooting the Penguins 8-0 during the stretch.

Providence is a hell of a team. When I was up in Binghamton last night, I caught up with Bob Howard, whose you may remember hosted the Power Play Post Show for many years. He and I were talking Atlantic Division and I told him that if this was mid-January and things were the way they are now in the division, that the Providence Bruins would be the odds on favorite to win the division.

The P-Bruins then went out last night and lost to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms who just came off an 8-0 pasting by the Hershey Bears Wednesday night and were on an eight game losing streak. You knew coming in that they were going to be extremely hungry and down right mad.

They took it out on the Penguins.

In the second, Colin Miller unleashed a bomb from the blue line that made it 4-0. Pens looked out of sorts. I was back home and in front of a TV at this point.

Pens had a power play to open the third and looked good on it but couldn’t score.

Max Talbot scored his second goal of the game when his shot redirected off of Will O’Neill’s skate and in to make it 5-0.

Pens couldn’t muster anything, despite outshooting the Bruins 12-9 in the third period, and went away quietly.

Only silver lining that could be taken from this game is that the Bruins have the leagues best power play and they did not score a goal against the Penguins tin bight and have not scored a goal against the Penguins on the power play at all this season.

Lineup wise, Dustin Jeffrey was back into the lineup. As a result, Jarrett Burton was the body who played last night that was scratched tonight. No changes on defense for the Pens.

Three Stars: 3) Seth Griffith (two goals, assist, +3) 2) Max Talbot (two goals, two assists, +4) and 1) Jeremy Smith (32 save shutout)

Around the Division: Lehigh Valley continues to play the role of spoiler as they defeat the Hartford Wolf Pack 2-1 at home tonight….Hershey beats Ablant in a shootout 3-2…Portland blasted Springfield 6-1… Bridgeport was off.

Standings: Hershey (.649 percentage points) — Penguins (.634) — Providence (.612) — Bridgeport (.590) — Portland (.583) — Hartford (.560) — Lehigh Valley (.478) — Springfield (.409)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were in Kalamazoo tonight looking or revenge on last nights setback against the Wings but were unable to extract any kind of positive result and lost 5-1. Riley Brace scored the only goal for the Nailers.

I doubt there will be any infographic or video highlights from Coal Street tonight. If there are and I get a moment Sunday I will run an edit here.

Pens are back at it home Tuesday against Springfield.

I’ll have my charts updated sometime Sunday and have the Week 25 AHL Power Rankings Monday at 4.

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