The Penguins, one of the best team in the AHL, go 8-0 in the season series against one of the worst teams in the AHL and sweep the season series with the Hartford Wolf Pack with a 2-1 win Saturday night. The aggregate score in the eight game series was 40-14 Penguins. An absolute obliteration in every sense of the term.
The Penguins rested a lot of guys and lost a few to recall as it was on the minds of the brass in Pittsburgh too and still beat a Hartford side which was building on something towards next season.
Casey DeSmith opposed Magnus Hellberg.
Garrett Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Ryan Haggerty
Nick Sorkin – Teddy Blueger – J-S Dea
Troy Josephs – Jarrett Burton – Cody Wydo
Adam Krause – Patrick McGrath
David Warsofsky – Derrick Pouliot
Tim Erixon – Ethan Prow
Frank Corrado – Jeff Taylor
Casey DeSmith – Sean Maguire-
Lineup Notes: The Penguins signed defenseman Dylan Zink out of UMass-Lowell Saturday. He had a career year for the Riverhawks, posting 10-26-36 in 41 games. Zink was named second team All-American….Tristan Jarry and Kevin Porter were recalled to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has nothing left to play for as their playoff seeding is locked in, so they called upon Jarry and Porter as a bonus to both of them. As a result the Penguins recalled Sean Maguire and signed Cody Wydo. As for the personnel on the ice, Tom Kostopoulos was give the night off, breaking his iron man streak. Zach Aston-Reese’s flight was cancelled out of Chicago so he missed the game….Sahir Gill is week to week with an upper body injury. Penguins dressed seven defensemen tonight.
First Period: Was all about the Penguins penalty killing. They did an excellent job killing the Hartford power plays that were gifted to them by the whistles of referees Terry Koharski and Chris Brown.
Second Period: Patrick McGrath scored his first AHL goal on this nice setup by Derrick Pouliot…
J-S Dea doubled the Penguins lead with this snipe from the slot…
Things settled from a special teams perspective with only three calls made after the first period and the Penguins had a better chance to showcase themselves as the better team at five on five.
Third Period: Adam Tambellini scored on a laser of a shot to bust up the DeSmith shutout bid and put Hartford on the board to cut it to one just :15 into the third period. DeSmith’s shutout streak ends at 130:25. From here, it was all about hanging on for Wilkes-Barre and not allowing the Wolf Pack another goal. With Hellberg vacated and on a late power play, they never found the equalizer.
Three Stars: 3) Casey DeSmith (34 saves on 35 shots) Adam Tambellini (goal, even) 1) J-S Dea (goal, +1)
Around the Division: The Penguins had a chance to clinch the division tonight with a win and a Providence loss but the Bruins shutout the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-0 tonight…Hershey keeps their playoff hopes alive and now control their own destiny with a 2-1 win in Toronto to sweep the weekend…Lehigh Valley beats Springfield 4-2.
Standings: Penguins (.708 percentage points) — Providence (.660) — Lehigh Valley (.651) — Hershey (.628) — Bridgeport (.616) — Springfield (.473) — Hartford (.375)
Wheeling Update: with a 5-2 loss in Kalamazoo tonight.The Nailers closed out their season Expect a Black Ace squad to be recalled sometime next week.
Sprong Watch: after a 5-2 win tonight.The Charlottetown Islanders now have a 2-0 series lead on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Daniel Sprong had two goals. Game 3 is Tuesday.
If I see video highlights and can work an edit in, I will do so here.
Gameday setup for the 3 p.m. game against the Providence Bruins will hit the blog Sunday at 11 a.m.
Let’s Go Pens!