So Tuesday was my birthday. My father, who is still alive and kicking, still has some sage advice for me in his advanced age.
Old age don’t come alone.
I have all my teeth, have never had a cavity and every dentist I have ever seen has a picture of me on their wall as their best patient. Not really, but what I am getting at here is that as you age, you could possibly lose your teeth.
I still don’t know where I am going with this but the Penguins tonight had a toothless attack and lost 4-1.
They managed just 19 shots and went 0/3 on the power play. Ouchie.
Here’s how they lined up:
Lineup Notes: None. Juuso Riikola, Sam Pouling, Jan Drozg and Alex D’Orio remained in COVID protocols.
First Period: Pens spent a ton of time in the offensive zone, but it was Joe Snively getting smashed into the boards by PO Joseph then picks himself up and cuts back to the slot where he scores to put the Bears up 1-0.
Second Period: Pens lose Michael Chaput to a lower leg / ankle / foot injury. He needed help off and wasn’t putting any weight on his foot.
Jurusik was keeping his team in the game, but as I have said all along, goaltenders don’t score goals, they prevent them.
So Hershey scores twice within 63 seconds late in the period. Here’s one of the goals that the Bears GIFed, they didn’t do the other one.
Kody Clark had the other goal.
Pens had just 5 shots in this period, to the Bears 12.
Third Period: The toothless attack continued. The Pens went the first eight minutes of the period without a shot, and even had a laughable power play tossed in there. Also, while not mentioned by Nick Hart on radio, the Pens may have lost Vallteri Puustinen and Niclas Almari to injury as they were noted by Zach Fisch on the Bears side as not on the Penguins bench.
P-O Joseph busts up Copley’s shutout bid with a shot from the point that goes in to make it 3-1.
But Matt Moulson scores to make it 4-1 later on to snuff out any faint hopes for the Penguins possible comeback.
Gotta move things along here, it’s a Tuesday and a work night, no GIFs here.
Three Stars: 3) P-O Joseph (goal) 2) Kody Clark (goal) 1) Joe Snively (goal)
The Good: Nothing to see here.
The Bad: Toothless attack. Hershey is an extremely average AHL team, but they have some offensive punch. These are the same Penguins who pumped the Springfield Thunderbirds for six goals Sunday. Was Springfield really that bad Sunday? My guess is yes, which isn’t good for Springfield’s prospects as they stand today.
Turning Point: Penguins waited for something to develop and instead, were developed, Kody Clark’s goal that made it 2-0 was really all Hershey needed to cakewalk the rest of the way. That the Penguins didn’t muster anything resembling an offensive attack in the third period but for the Joseph goal made it easy for them.
Around the Division: It could always be worse. We could be Rochester Americans fans. They witnessed their team lose 11-1 to Charlotte. Yes, eleven to one.
Standings: Bears to fourth, Pens to sixth. Pens are .500, and will probably play there all season.
Pens and Bears rematch Saturday in Wilkes-Barre’s only action of the weekend. I may preview that one and the two games midweek next week with Toronto and Rochester.
I’ll be back at the next Penguins home game on December 27 against Hershey. Can’t actually wait for that one.
Let’s Go Pens!