Chirps from Center Ice

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Bellerive Tolls on Losing Streak — Pens WIN 3-2 (OT)

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It was a little deflating watching the Penguins, up to this point of the game do everything they needed to win the game, watch Binghamton score with an extra attacker late in the third.

Tie game. Here we go for a place where the Penguins, mired in a seven game losing streak, are familiar with.

Devils possessed for a majority of overtime but when the Penguins finally did, Jordy Bellerive scored and ended the Penguins seven game losing streak. Penguins win 3-2 in overtime Wednesday night in Newark.

They have, for a lot of this losing streak, done a lot of things right but never got the result they wanted. It all came together Wednesday for them.

Do it again Saturday.

Here is how they lined up:

Lineup Notes: Drew O’Connor replaced Luke Stevens, Josh Maniscalco also was back, his first game action since the middle of February.

First Period: The Penguins were the better team in the period, but for the first :28 of the period.

Terrible defense, Clarke is unmarked in front of the net and scored easily.

But Wilkes-Barre tightened up, and outshot the Devils at a two to one clip, but couldn’t get anything to go.

Enter Jan Drozg.

Three on one and a goal. Good response.

The Pens outshot the Devils 15-7. Good momentum heading into the…

Second Period: Nick Schilkey scored on a 5-on-3 power play and the Pens had the lead.

Force them into mistakes and make them pay.

Third Period: Pens continued to do a lot of things right, killed a couple penalties, continued to outshoot the Devils at a 2-to-1 clip, but Binghamton scored to tie it with Gilles Senn pulled.

That was Nolan Foote’s goal.

Overtime: Hello darkness, my old fr–

Not this time.

Three Stars: 3) Gilles Senn (40 saves) 2) P-O Joseph (two assists) 1) Jordy Bellerive (game winning goal)

The Good: I think they are going to be OK in goal. Tristan Jarry is day to day with something up top and Max Lagace went up Tuesday. Alex D’Orio didn’t have to make many saves but the ones he did were of high quality. A few games don’t make a career but I have liked what I have seen out of the kid so far.

First AHL win for Alex D’Orio also. First of many at this level, I think it is safe to say.

Oh, and the seven game losing streak is over.

The Bad: Gotta find a way to close these things out. Does this happen against Hershey or Lehigh Valley tonight?

Turning Point: Bellerive’s goal is the obvious choice.

Let’s do it again Saturday in Allentown against Lehigh Valley.

Let’s Go Pens!

Stay safe.

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