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Lind-Grin and Bear It — Pens LOSE 4-0

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This was one of those games where you are happy that you play the Hershey Bears and Lehigh Valley Phantoms 24 times this season.

Something about the St. John’s IceCaps this season has perplexed the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. Here’s how weird this is:

IceCaps come to Wilkes-Barre Friday and beat the AHL’s best team. Then they go to Hershey, who has had problems stringing anything positive together of late and are swept in two games.

Penguins host Lehigh Valley Saturday night and crush their biggest rival 7-1 the very next night. Hockey is a funny game.

4-0 loss for the Penguins tonight. A 31 save shutout for Charles Lindgren.

Lazy legging lines again as I hammer out this gamer in the parking lot of the game. As you know if you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, I don’t like weekday games when I have to get up for work the next morning.

Casey DeSmith was backed up by Tristan Jarry.

Lineup Notes: Patrick McGrath took warmups but was the scratch. Cameron Gaunce was the veteran scratch tonight for the Penguins. Daniel Carr and Mike McCarron were recalled by the Montreal Canadiens earlier in the day. McCarron is a stone in the shoe type player against the Penguins and Dan Carr scored two goals here Friday.

First Period: I wish I had something here. There was no scoring, no penalties and it was an overall quick period. Pens had a few chances right at midway, then DeSmith made a save on a quick St. John’s two on one. That was it.

Second Period: St. John’s blew the game open with a pair of goals :49 apart. First one scored by Charles Hudon here:

:49 later a busted play where DeSmith makes an initial save, the rebound spills to an area he wasn’t expecting it to, gets caught of position and Chris Terry scores on a low angle deflection that made it 2-0.

IceCaps score on a two man advantage when Chris Terry put a low shot past DeSmith at the top of the slot that made it 3-0. They made it 4-0 when the Pens were on a power play, didn’t get what they were looking for on a sequence and STJ cleared it down the ice. Wilkes-Barre lazy legged it back to the bench. Max Friberg hit Yannick Veilleux on the back door that turned the period into a boffo.

First time all season that the Pens allow four goals in a period.

Third Period: Nothing in the way of scoring but a nice little back and forth between David Broll and Tom Sestito. Broll and Sestito fought and Tom must have gotten under Broll’s skin because Broll was enraged at something said to him by Sestito.

In play, Pens couldn’t solve Lindgren at all. I don’t want to say that he worked for his shutout tonight, but the team in front of him made it easy for him and he did the rest. David Warsofsky left the game late in the period after he blocked a shot it appeared with his hand.

Three Stars: 3) Max Friberg (two assists, +1) 2) Chris Terry (goal, assist, +1) 1) Charles Lindgren (31 save shutout)

Around the Division: Only other game in the division was Lehigh Valley hosting Binghamton and the Phantoms won 5-0. Box here.

Standings: Penguins (.740 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.696) — Providence (.660) — Bridgeport (.622) — Hershey (.617) — Springfield (.467) — Hartford (.415)

Wheeling Wrap: The Nailers are in Boise, Idaho. They don’t have 600 miles to ride and do one more show, they have three games with the Idaho Steelheads this week starting tonight. I’ll, if I remember in the morning, update the box then.

If the Pens put up video highlights of this one, God bless them. I’ll edit them in if they do.

Pens are back in the ice Friday when they host the Hershey Bears. They announced in game a progressive 50/50 for the weekend games against Hershey and again on Saturday against the Binghamton Senators. Instead of two 50/50’s they will have one big one with Friday’s tickets combined with Saturday’s for a mega jackpot. Check it out if you are planning on coming to any game this weekend.

Next piece here short of breaking Thursday news will be the Gameday setup for the 7 pm start with Hershey at 3 pm Friday.

Let’s Go Pens!

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