Work night home games are bad. Worse even when the officials are delayed 20 minutes like they were tonight. Still slightly better than Sunday afternoon home games but let’s digress.
Wrote this on the iPhone, so mind the spelling errors, morseo than usual.
Before I forget, Stefan Noesen is on waivers. Thursday at noon we will find out if he clears.
The Penguins better hope that he does, cause they looked listless, lifeless and totally overmatched and outplayed by the Providence Bruins on Wednesday night, who take this game 6-0.
Tommy Marchin scored his first two professional goals, so you understand the headline rub.
The two teams rematch Friday.
Casey DeSmith opposed Max Lagace.
First Period: There was…not a lot of offense. Two similarly structured, very good hockey teams just battling.
Shots were 5-4 Bruins. Adam Johnson was featured prominently, his bid off a nice tic tac toe play was denied with the pad of Lagace about midway through and he took the only penalty of the period taking away the only other good scoring chance of the period belonging to Providence.
Second Period: Completely different period for the Providence Bruins who has a pair of rebound goals bookend a four goal explosion.
Pavel Shen on a rebound. 1-0 Providence.
Robert Lantosi split Matt Abt and Macoy Erkamps, broke in and scored. 2-0 Providence.
Penguins would get a power play chance after the first and second Bruin goals but did not score.
Tommy Marchin on a cross ice one time bomb. 3-0 Providence.
The passes. The passing killed them, setting up essentially easy goals or opportunities for goals.
Peter Cehlarik in the final minute of the second on a rebound again, 4-0 Providence.
The Bruins, in contrast to the first, completely obliterated the Penguins in the middle frame with speed and vision.
Third Period: The assault continued.
Jack Studnicka on a transition rush that went tic tac toe. 5-0 Bruins.
(you get the idea, not going to GIF anymore visitor goals)
Quickly, Tommy Marchin deflected a point shot and it was 6-0 Providence.
Enter Dustin Tokarski. He didn’t allow any goals. Penguins wised up and only allowed three shots. Hopefully, he gets the net Friday when they rematch.
This was at the end of the second, but an accurate description of the type of night Casey DeSmith had:
Three Stars: 3) Robert Lantosi 2) Tommy Marchin 1) Max Lagace
The Good: If you can’t say something nice…
The Bad: Penguins waited for something bad to happen and when it did, an avalanche of bad things happened.
Turning Point: Oh, that second period was bad, bad, bad.
Around the Division: Bridgeport beats beats Syracuse 3-2 and Charlotte obliterated Hartford 7-1.
Standings: Providence 41 — Hartford 39 — Hershey 33 — Penguins 32 — Springfield 31 — Charlottte 29 — Lehigh Valley 27 — Bridgeport 26
Wheeling Update: Nailers were off.
Video Highlights: I’ll work this in if I see a highlight package from Coal Street, they probably won’t, given the outcome.
Pens and Bruins rematch Friday in Wilkes-Barre. Now, what you want is that to be the next update here on the blog. If Noesen goes unclaimed, then I will not post that here unless its tied into other news of the day.
Let’s Go Pens!