His name is Bill. He sits in front of me at the Penguins games. He has been coming since Day 1 in 1999. He has a lot more hair than I do, too.
After Tom Sestito scored in the second period to bring the Pens back tied with the Senators and made the game 3-3, he turned to me and said to me that Tom Sestito should be AHL Player of the Week.
He was joking, of course, but if Sestito turns in another performance Sunday afternoon like he did tonight and yesterday, we will have to watch carefully Monday afternoon when the AHL usually announces these things.
Penguins win 5-4 in a game against Binghamton that saw the Penguins go up 2-0, the Senators rattle off three straight, then the Penguins adding three more before Binghamton getting one back with a minute left on a power play.
Something about those B-Sens, always playing the Penguins tough.
Danny Kristo broke out of his drought and scored two goals. Jake Guentzel continued his tear in the American Hockey League with three assists. Doug Carr got the start tonight and impressed stopping 33 of 37.
Carr opposed Chris Driedger.
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Garrett Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Jake Guentzel – J-S Dea – Danny Kristo
Tom Sestito – Teddy Blueger – Ryan Haggerty
Derrick Pouliot – Tim Erixon
Stuart Percy – David Warsofsky
Cameron Gaunce – Ethan Prow
Doug Carr – Casey DeSmith
Lineup Notes: Danny Kristo was back in for Sahir Gill and Lukas Bengtsson was out for Stuart Percy.
First Period: Wilkes-Barre jumps out to a quick two goal lead in the games first 2:32 with goals :44 apart. Tom Kostopoulos went bar down and in to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead, then Danny Kristo netted his first of two on the night that made it a 2-0 lead.
Binghamton gets one back on a play I thought was offside. Jack Rosewald followed a rebound and cashed that put the Senators on the board.
I’d throw in a paragraph here about the officiating, where referees get all the hate, but the linesmen of late have been particularly awful. But it’s late.
Second Period: It took just :12 for the Senators to tie the game on a dart of a shot by Nick Paul. Later, Binghamton would edge ahead on a shot that deflected on its way in that gave the visitors a 3-2 lead.
Pens saw a power play come and go. Head Coach Clark Donatelli was shortening up his bench, Ethan Prow wasn’t seen much after the third Binghamton goal.
Dave Warsofsky takes a shot, Tom Sestito goes to the dirty area and deflects it in past Driedger that tied the game.
Tale of two halves for both teams to this point. Penguins started the first gangbusters and coasted, then Binghamton took the reigns and got three goals. Then they let off and the Penguins edge ahead.
Third Period: Danny Kristo scored his second of the night that gave the Penguins the lead for good on a shot that found its way in.
:39 later, the Penguins got another goal by Ryan Haggerty. Haggerty cleaned up a rebound in front.
Binghamton scored on a late, 6-on-4 power play when All-Star Casey Bailey scored on a shot from the point on a screened Carr.
Binghamton never got the equalizer.
Three Stars: 3) Tom Sestito (goal, assist, +2) 2) Jake Guentzel (three assists, +3) and 1) Danny Kristo (two goals, +3)
Notes: Last time Sestito had back to back multi-point games was November 24 and 25 when he was with the Adirondack Phantoms….I thought Doug Carr played great, he was active with the glove and stopped what he saw as any capable AHL goaltender should at this level.
Around the Division: Utica beats Hershey 3-2 in overtime in Hershey. The Bears will be angry when they take the ice Sunday at 5 against the Penguins….Lehigh Valley shuts out the Albany Devils 2-0 in Allentown tonight….Providence beats Springfield 4-1 and Bridgeport beats Hartford 2-1.
Standings: Penguins (.750 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.697) — Providence (.671) — Hershey (.647) — Bridgeport (.561) — Springfield (.515) — Hartford (.400)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off. They play the Cincinnati Cyclones Sunday.
Pens finish off their three in three with a Sunday afternoon visit to Hershey. Game day setup for that game hits the blog at 1 Sunday. Game is at 5.
Let’s Go Pens!