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Lights Out at PPL Center — Pens WIN 4-0

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Let me front load this pun headline for you.

PPL is a power company, short for, “Pennsylvania Power and Light.”

When someone does something which is, “lights out” it usually means that their actions were stupendous, or above average.

The play of Tristan Jarry and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins top rated penalty kill were lights out tonight.

Lights out, at PPL Center? Get it?

35 saves by the Penguins netminder in one of his finest performances in a Penguins sweater and the penalty kill goes 9-for-9 tonight and the Penguins rout the Phantoms 4-0 in Allentown to go five points clear of the second place Phantoms.

Oh, and with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the magic number for a playoff spot should be 9 after tonight.

The aforementioned Tristan Jarry opposed Alex Lyon.

Lines were…

Zach Aston-Reese – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Teddy Blueger – Ryan Haggerty
Thomas DiPauli – J-S Dea – Sahir Gill
Troy Josephs – Jarrett Burton – Adam Krause

Derrick Pouliot – Ethan Prow
Barry Goers – Brett Stern
Ryan Segalla – Tim Erixon

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: About an hour before the game, Pittsburgh recalled David Warsofsky and returned Frank Corrado. Corrado didn’t make it in time to Allentown, so Ryan Segalla made his debut. No lineup changes up front.

First Period: Much like last night, the Penguins went a few minutes without registering a shot on goal and had to kill a penalty. They killed that penalty and then Phantom killer Teddy Blueger scored a goal that gave him his first goal against Lehigh Valley this season (to go along with eight assists)

On the goal, it was Tom Kostopoulos’ 50th point of the season and 200th point in his second stint with the team. Aston-Reese picked up another point, winning a race to the puck from behind the net, passed to Kostopoulos who then passed to Blueger for the goal.

Tristan Jarry had a solid period, makings one key saves as the Phantoms were starting to push.

Second Period: Penguins fourth line, the penalty kill and Tristan Jarry were the story off this period.

Adam Krause and Jarrett Burton scored for the Penguins, Troy Josephs picked up his first pro point on the Burton goal and Wilkes-Barre went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Oh, and Tristan Jarry was in god mode. “God mode” would have been an alternative headline if I wasn’t an actual God fearing Catholic…

Here are the Krause and Burton goals…

Tristan Jarry faced 16 shots in the period and made a great save on Taylor Leier going post to post to keep the game scoreless. Really great job by unsung heroes, special teams and the number one goaltender in the period.

Third Period: Penalties would continue. Wilkes-Barre took four straight. All legit. A slash, a face off violation for closing your hand on the puck, a hold and a check to the head. I personally thought that Jake Brenk and Mike Sheehan had a great game from the officials standpoint. The Penguins coaching staff isn’t going to be happy with all the penalties though.

Penguins would somehow outshoot the Phantoms 14-11 in the period.

Turning point in this one would be the Phantoms inability to score on :50 of a 5-on-3 even with a Scott Gordon timeout which came during the two man advantage. Penguins disposed of the penalties, continued to stick to the plan of the penalty kill and time got in the way of a Phantoms comeback.

In a true laugh out loud moment, the Penguins would score a power play goal late and ended up the night 1-for-3 on the man advantage. Who else but Tom Kostopoulos deflecting this Tim Erixon to turn this game into a laugher…

Late drama for the Phantoms who put the puck past Jarry on a face off play with one second left, but after video review it was determined that the puck entered the net after time had expired so Jarry would get his shutout and the Phantoms would be shutout for the first time all season.

Notes: Dominik Simon failed to register a point tonight and his seven game point streak was snapped and these tweet by the Penguins….

Three Stars: 3) Teddy Blueger (goal, +2) 2) Adam Krause (goal, assist, +2) 1) Tristan Jarry (35 save shutout)

Around the Division: St. John’s gets a late goal with under :30 to play and beat the Hershey Bears 4-3 up on the Rock this afternoon. Hershey’s six game winning streak is over….Providence throttles Albany 5-0…Springfield falls to Toronto 4-1 and Hartford beats Bridgeport 4-3.

Standings: Penguins (.705 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.667) — Providence (.644) — Hershey (.634) — Bridgeport (.614) — Springfield (.492) — Hartford (.379)

Sprong Watch: Daniel Sprong’s Charlottetown Islanders throttle Baie-Comueau tonight 9-2 to go up 2-0 in the best of seven series. Sprong had four assists. Game 3 goes off Tuesday from wherever the hell Baie-Comeau is.*

Wheeling Update: 4-1 tonight at home.The Nailers fell to the Idaho Steelheads. Gage Quinney had the goal for the Nailers.

If I see any video highlights here I will work the edit in.

Pens have a rare Sunday home game. Utica is in at 3 p.m. Gameday setup is yours at 11 a.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

* – apparently Baie-Comeau is a city, located in the Quebec province. The more you know.

One response to “Lights Out at PPL Center — Pens WIN 4-0

  1. Jack OMara March 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Great recap Jason! Always appreciate your effort and commentary especially with away games that I don’t get to see.