As I was stewing over a bad loss this afternoon by the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins at the tail end of a three in three, a tweet by Penguins beat writer Tyler Picotti shed some light on the current situation that the Penguins are in.
Now while I agree that back to back three in three weekends is bad scheduling, as you will see in a minute, the Penguins didn’t make any lineup changes and but for a swap on the fourth line Saturday, only one change all weekend to your forward corps.
Yes, Providence did play the same amount of three in three games (they were in Bridgeport last night) and yes, both teams didn’t have to travel far Saturday (Bridgeport and Hartford are not that far from Providence) so maybe the same 11 forwards that played all weekend just didn’t have it today.
The scoreline and shot board would indicate, Penguins fall 5-2.
Tristan Jarry opposed Zane McIntyre.
Lineup Notes: There were none. The Penguins used the same lineup that they did Saturday night in Hartford.
First Period: Terrible start by the Penguins who were outshot 17-3 in the period and had two goal scored on them in the process.
Ryan Donato on this wraparound attempt on the Bruins third power play of the game resulting from a puck over the glass penalty…
Donato beat Chris Summers there, but the Penguins were just overall watching.
Then Martin Bakos scored in a scramble play in front of Jarry where the puck got past the Penguins net minder a few times and off the post but not in the net…
Shots were 17-3 Bruins after the first period. It was a scatterbrain start for the Pens and it put them in a hole early heading into the…
Second Period: Bad to worse for the Penguins, who see the Bruins double their lead in the period.
Zach Senyshyn scored on a busted line change that made it 3-0.
Just walked in behind the D and scored.
Bruins connect on yet another power play goal as Joel Messner scored his first goal of the season that made it 4-0.
Shots at some point were 27-4 Providence. The Penguins were getting shellacked. No gap control, just letting the Bruins forwards walk all alone on them. Tristan Jarry could not be to blame for the scoreline.
Third Period: Penguins started on a carryover 5-on-3 power play from the second period but Providence’s penalty kill is tops in the AHL and the Bruins have yet to rear a power play goal against at home this season. Pens had some good looks, but the Bruins killed it all off.
Two goals a minute apart brought the Penguins to within two.
Derek Grant here on a nice setup by Tobias Lindberg…
…and Anthony Angello off of a gaffe by McIntyre to make it 4-2.
McIntyre stopped Jarrett Burton off of the next face-off, otherwise things could have gotten really weird in Providence.
Ryan Donato scores on his own rebound to put the Penguins hopes of a comeback on ice and makes it 5-2.
Final shots were 39-22 Bruins, who dominated from the drop of the puck, got cute at the half way point of the third period and nearly let it slip on them, but found the gas and got a put away goal by Donato to cap off a five point weekend.
Three Stars: 3) Ryan Donato (two goals) 2) Zach Senyshyn (goal, assist) and 1) Colby Cave (two assists)
Around the Division: Hershey got smashed in Syracuse Sunday evening and lost 7-2. The Crunch scored four power play goals. The only other teams in action in the Atlantic were Charlotte and Bridgeport who played each other today in Connecticut. The Sound Tigers won that game 4-2 for a perfect five game home stand.
Standings: Charlotte 22 — Bridgeport 19 — Springfield 16 — Lehigh Valley 16 — Penguins 16 — Hershey 15 — Hartford 13 — Providence 12
Wheeling Update: The Nailers play a kids day game on Tuesday against Toledo.
Highlights: Bruins didn’t have them Friday, so unless the Penguins tweet one like they did Saturday after the Hartford game, don’t expect them but if you check back later for the finals and standings look, check here anyway.
Wilkes-Barre is staying in Providence for a few more days until heading to Springfield for a Wednesday morning game against the Thunderbirds at 10:30. That means that the Gameday setup hits the blog here bright and early at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Let’s Go Pens!