Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Monster Mash – Pens WIN 5-1

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So I have been doing this blog for about 12 years. I may or may not have recycled this blog headline a time or two before.

A methodical takedown of the high scoring Cleveland Monsters tonight by the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins who crush the visitors 5-1. Drew O’Connor with a pair of goals. Dustin Tokarski a wall in the net for the Pens and the penalty kill was 5-for-6. The Cleveland power play is really good, but looked pedestrian Wednesday.

Work night, so let’s get through this one.

Here’s how they lined up:

Lineup Notes: Same lineup as Sunday in Providence but for different guys on different lines.

First Period: Pens race to a 2-0 lead on a ridiculous through traffic deke by Ty Smith who, by all accounts, doesn’t belong at this level and Drew O’Connor’s breakaway goal. Penguins took three straight penalties but Tokarski and notably Jon Lizotte were blocking everything. Here are the goals:

Nice pass from Corey Andonovski to set up “OC” there for the goal.

Second Period: Alex Nylander scores a goal through a screen to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead.

Cleveland snaps the patented, “Would be Dustin Tokarski Shutout Bid™” with a power play goal scored by Cole Fonstad.

The Penguins were taking way too many penalties yet seemed like they were in cruise control. Game felt like it was never out of the favor for the home team but we’ve all seen two goal leads evaporate quicker than summer dew on the uncut grass you have to cut on a Saturday.

Third Period: Whatever hopes that Cleveland had for a comeback were quickly squelched when Valtteri Puustinen scored a power play goal then Drew O’Connor followed up for his second of the game for a 5-1 lead.

Kyle Olson challenged Cole Clayton and left the game after the fight. Looked like his eye was swelled shut based off of what my 43 year old eyes were telling me.

Three Stars: 3) Filip Hallander (two assists) 2) Dustin Tokarski (32 saves) 1) Drew O’Connor (two goals, assist)

The Good: Game was questionable coming in as to how the Penguins would bottle up Cleveland’s explosive offense. It was a no doubter type of game for the Pens tonight from about five minutes in and out felt good to watch.

The Bad: Too many penalties.

Turning Point: If it wasn’t the Nylander goal that made it 3-0, the response by the Pens to open the third period was.

Around the Division: They all watched us.

Standings: Penguins 9 – Charlotte and Bridgeport 8 – Providence 7 – Hershey and Lehigh Valley 5 – Springfield 4 – Hartford 2

Have I mentioned how much I don’t miss percentage points?

Wheeling Update: Nailers were off.

Video Highlights: 

Back at a it again Friday in Allentown.

Let’s Go Pens!

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