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I’m Really Steened — Pens LOSE 5-4 (OT)

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I think the Penguins gritted this point out in Providence Sunday afternoon.

They scored to tie the game with 3.3 seconds left to force overtime, but it was Oskar Steen’s goal just 24 seconds into overtime that wins the game and Providence skates away with a 5-4 overtime win.

A point against the Atlantic Division leading Bruins, but a point out of the entire weekend isn’t going to make anyone feel any better about a playoff chance as we progress to mid-March.

Five straight at home starting this week against the Cleveland Monsters, a team that the Penguins have had a lot of success against.

Alex D’Orio opposed Kyle Keyser.

Here’s how they lined up:

Lineup Notes: Nathan Legare was out, Jan Drozg was in. Everyone else was status quo injury wise.

First Period: Kyle Keyser with a big save on a Pens 2 on 1 early on with Radim Zohorna and Drew O’Connor. It stayed pretty even, until Cameron Hughes takes a spin o rama pass from Steven Fogarty and beats D’Orio for a goal that made it 1-0 P-Bruins.

(no GIF here, Providence does the bare minimum. Anyone else tune into Nick Hart’s call this afternoon? Sounded like he was broadcasting through a coffee can.)

Hughes’ has a seven game point streak.

Second Period: If you like a period with a lot of goals, then this period was for you.

Michael Chaput socred on a power play to get the Pens on the board and tied the game at one.

Then Sam Poulin would score at the net front to put the Pens ahead 2-1 with this play.

But the Providence Bruins would immediately charge back and score two goals about 90 seconds apart from one another. Cameron Hughes’ second goal from a blast from the point to tie it, then Victor Berglund would score on a rebound to make it 3-2.

Later, Jack Studnicka scores to make it 4-2.

But the Pens respond right back to keep the game from turning into a runaway and get a goal back when Jonathan Gruden scores in a scrum after Keyser fumbled a shot fly Matt Bartkowski that pulled the Pens back within one heading into the…

Third Period: Keyser stones Drew O’Connor for the second time in the game as O’Connor was coming out of the penalty box.

Pens got in some late penalty trouble and then pulled D’Orio for an extra attacker. They could not win a face-off and Providence kept icing the puck. Then, with 3.3 seconds left after a Penguins face-off win, Valtteri Puustinen scores to force overtime.

Ninth extra attacker goal scored by the Pens this season.

Overtime: Didn’t last long. Nick Hart had just mentioned that D’Orio was 6-1 in overtimes this season and then Steen scored :24 in. 6-2 now.

Three Stars: 3) Valtteri Puustinen (goal) 2) Cameron Hughes (two goals) 1) Oskar Steen (goal, assist)

The Good: Held the best team in the Atlantic Division off the scoreboard on the power play. Pens went a perfect 5/5 on the kill.

The Bad: 37-25 were the shots for the Pens over the Bruins Sunday, a 2/1 advantage Friday in Bridgeport. Seems like they lack a true finisher. If this weekend wasn’t a true indicator, then I don’t know what was.

Turning Point: The Puustinen goal seemed like it, but they Steen overtime win gets it.

Around the Division: Hartford beats Bridgeport 4-1 in the division’s only other action on this Sunday.

Standings: Pens will stay at .500 in sixth. Bridgeport drops to .472 percentage points and stay seventh. Idle Hershey is fifth with .546

Wheeling Update: Nailers were off.

I’ll post video highlights if I see them and can work an edit in.

More likely Tuesday or Wednesday with the Weekend Setup of the Wednesday Cleveland, Saturday Laval and Sunday Hartford game.

Let’s Go Pens!

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