One of the more exciting games I have witnessed from my seat at the Mohegan Sun Arena tonight. Two top quality teams just left it all out there and slugged away at one another.
Penguins win in overtime 3-2 on a David Warsofsky game winning goal with 1.2 seconds left. Vindication for Warsofsky who was left off of the initial all star roster when they were announced a few weeks ago but named as a replacement earlier this week.
Lazy legging lines again because I hate work night home games.
Tristan Jarry opposed Kristers Gudlevskis and was backed up by Casey DeSmith.
If you notice a certain name missing, it’s Carter Rowney’s. With news out of Pittsburgh today that Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist are both out for Thursday’s game against Boston, Malkin out till after all-stars and Hornqvist day to day after taking a puck off the knee Tuesday against St. Louis (a game he finished) Rowney was held out as a precaution in case he needs to be recalled Thursday. Of note, Pittsburgh only re-assigned Cameron Gaunce Tuesday and put Steve Oleksy on waivers Wednesday.
Other news, as mentioned in the lede, David Warsofsky is a snub no more. On Tuesday the AHL announced that he will replace Jake Guentzel at AHL All-Stars this weekend in Allentown.
First Period: Syracuse played like the better team and made the most of their shot opportunities, out shooting the Pens 17-8 and taking a 1-0 lead when Joel Vermin connected on a far dot shot after the Crunch cycled in the offensive zone coming out of a promo timeout. Neither team connected on the power play in the period.
Here’s the Vermin goal:
Second Period: Pens scored twice in span of 2:15 when they came out of the locker room and started skating circles around the Crunch. First, Teddy Blueger got an outlet pass, entered the zone and waited for reinforcements. Tom Kostopoulos arrived and Blueger shot it at Gudlevskis and Kostopoulos was there to sweep the rebound in to tie it at one.
Later, Crunch killer Kevin Porter collected a long pass from David Warsofsky and found himself behind the defense and scored to give the Pens a 2-1 lead.
But it felt like a false lead with the way the last period went for the Penguins and the way that the Crunch dominated the Penguins while shorthanded. Wilkes-Barre iced the puck twice on two separate power plays.
Tristan Jarry is unable to control a rebound and the Crunch tie it at two when Adam Comrie whacked in the loose puck.
Shots were 28-16 Syracuse heading into the…
Third Period: Back and forth period which felt like a playoff game with the intense play. Pens found themselves on the wrong end of a two man disadvantage for :47 but the Penguins killed it. Teams raced up and down the ice with neither team finding the back of the net forcing…
Overtime: Back and forth they went three on three. Pens get away with what looked like, at least to me, a tripping penalty. David Warsofsky races in with time dwindling down and wins it:
Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (39 saves on 41 shots) 2) Kevin Porter (goal, +1) 1) David Warsofsky (overtime game winning goal, assist, +1)
Around the Division: Hershey is back to their winning ways in a game they had to have against last place Hartford and won 5-4…Springfield beats Utica 2-1 in overtime…Bridgeport beats Providence 1-0 in overtime also and Lehigh Valley pounded Binghamton 7-2.
Standings: Penguins (.756 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.707) — Providence (.651) — Bridgeport (.600) — Hershey (.583) — Springfield (.488) — Hartford (.395)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers hosted the Toledo Walleye tonight and beat the Walleye 7-6 in overtime. First overtime loss for the Walleye this season. Christian Hilbrich had two goals. Gage Quinney had a goal and three assists.
Pens are on the road in Utica Friday. Comets came into tonight winners of 6 in a row and are a vastly different team than they were a month ago, when they were just a point machine for opponents. But for breaking Thursday news, I’ll have the Gameday setup for the tilt with the Comets up on the blog Friday at 3.
Let’s Go Pens!