Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Preseason Game #2 — Penguins 6, Devils 2

The Penguins dressed more of a regular lineup tonight in tonight’s 6-2 win against the Binghamton Devils. So let’s jump right into the lines tweeted by Obie…

Tristan Jarry started and was backed up by Casey DeSmith and played the whole game. Scott Wedgewood opposed in the Binghamton net.

So as close to a regular lineup you will probably see for the Penguins tonight. You’ll probably see some of the other 26 players who did not dress tonight play in the road games in Hershey and Binghamton Saturday and Sunday.

The game was delayed by thirty minutes due to a compressor problem which help cools the ice.

Here is what I will say about the first period. To start, it was a much quicker pace with more established AHL guys in the line up. After the Penguins walked off the ice to the first intermission I tweeted at the time that it felt like the Penguins were playing the game in second gear, that they didn’t even go full out and still led 4-1 and made it look easy.

Garrett Wilson poked home a back door goal after nice work in the corner from Teddy Blueger to chip a puck to Tom Kostopoulos who no look passed to Wilson in front.

Kostopoulos cleaned up a point shot by Daniel Sprong that gave the Pens a 2-0 lead while Wilkes-Barre was on a two man advantage. Adam Johnson hacked and whacked one second after the other power play expired to make it 3-0.

The Devils only had one shot on goal to this point.

Devils finally punched back on a power play when a Jan Mandat shot from the point deselect off of a Penguin and past Jarry to make it 3-1.

Wilkes-Barre responded in kind with Garrett Wilson’s second goal of the night, deflecting a Zach Trotman shot to make it 4-2 heading into the second period.

In the second, each team got one goal late. Dominik Simon scored when he pounced on a loose puck and scored to make it 5-1. About a minute later Nathan Bastian scored on a ugly Penguin turnover in front of Jarry.

Tom Kostopoulos had a goal and an assist from the first period and completed his Gordie Howe hat trick after a fight with Jacob MacDonald. MacDonald cross checked Jarred Tinordi which sent Tinordi to the room holding his hand / wrist.

In the third, Kevin Czuczman added on to the Penguins lead with a blast of a shot from the point that found its way past Wedgewood that made it 6-2. There were about a million slashing calls in the game. It gets annoying and predictable after a while.

Video highlights…

Penguins play Hershey tomorrow then rematch Binghamton Sunday. I’ll have recaps of each this weekend.

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