Three things I always want when doing this blog.
1) Thoughtful, original, content to provide you the reader. If I struggle putting words together then I know that people will struggle in reading it and probably not come back. 2,000 posts and climbing here on the blog, I’d say that’s not a problem.
2) Internet connection to see me through what I am trying to do in “covering” the team.
3) Silly pun headlines. Tonight I will admit is a bit of stretch.
Dominik Simon’s overtime game winning penalty shot goal is enough to give the Penguins the 2-1 overtime win over the rival Hershey Bears. It caps off a four point weekend (out of a possible six) where the Penguins only allowed a sum total of three goals all weekend. The defense is spectacular right now and the goaltending, excellent. This is what wins hockey games and ultimately championships.
Goofy puns and reasons for why I do things aside, Tristan Jarry opposed Vitek Vanacek Sunday afternoon.
Jake Guentzel – Tom Kostopoulos – Carter Rowney
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – J-S Dea
Scott Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Patrick McGrath – Jarrett Burton – Ryan Haggerty
Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
Tim Erixon – Steve Oleksy
Cameron Gaunce – Barry Goers
Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith
Lineup Notes: No changes to the blue line. Patrick McGrath and Oskar Sundqvist were in for Reid Gardiner and Adam Krause. I don’t know why they took Gardiner out of the lineup, I said last night that there was no real reason to take him out.
First Period: Back and forth period between the two teams. Shots ended up 11-8 Bears due to in large part of the Bears dominating offensive zone time in the games first sequences. Both goalies made great saves on attempts by the other side.
The biggest play in the period was this disallowed goal by Tom Kostopoulous:
Referee Pierre Lambert was right there and immediately washed out the goal. The Penguins would challenge the call to no avail and if you look at the video (referees look at the overhead view) you could see Kostopoulos bend his leg to kind of redirect the puck into the net. Really sneaky play by Kostopoulos there, but the correct call of no goal was made by the officiating staff.
Second Period: Pens failure to cash on the power play bit them in this period. They had a regular power play then :55 of full five on three and were unable to score. So, as Hershey is able to dodge those bullets, they take the lead with this play:
That was Riley Barber. Play described by color man Nick Hart:
So the Pens were looking for any kind of spark, with the offense struggling this weekend getting shut out by Springfield Friday and sputtering along a bit Saturday in a win against Syracuse going into the…
Third Period: They got it. In the form of their big players.
First, Jake Guentzel tipped in this Chad Ruhwedel shot that tied the game at one:
Then, with the game clock winding down, Tristan Jarry made save after save keeping his team in it. You could tell that the Penguins were gassed in the third period of their third game in as many days. Jarry made the saves necessary to force…
Overtime: In overtime, both teams possessed the puck in the 3-on-3, but it was Dominik Simon that won the game when he was fouled from behind by Madison Bowey giving the Penguins an overtime penalty shot…
Realest guy in the room!
How you doin’?!
So the Penguins allow just three goals all weekend and are by far the best defensive team in the Eastern Conference. They take home 4 out of a possible 6 points with two of their prized defensemen (Warsofsky and Percy) out of the lineup. Season is off to a bright start.
Three Stars: 3) Vitek Vanacek (33 saves on 35 shots) 2) Dominik Simon (overtime game winning penalty shot goal, +1) and 1) Tristan Jarry (30 saves on 31 shots)
Around the Division: The Albany Devils will come to town Wednesday night 5-0 after beating the Providence Bruins 4-3 in overtime today… St. John’s beats Hartford 5-2.
Standings: Springfield and Wilkes-Barre with 6 points a piece, Bridgeport and Hartford with 4, Lehigh Valley, Hershey and Providence all with 3.
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off, they open a home and home with Kalamazoo next weekend.
I’ll have my “Wheeling Wrap” feature Tuesday at noon here on the blog looking back at the weekend that was for our ECHL affiliate. Please check that out then. The Week 2 AHL Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at 4.
Let’s Go Pens!