Monday, January 30

Penguins 3, Senators 2

Stephen Dixon (10) braces for a hit from Senators defenseman Philip Novak (4) during Sunday afternoon's game. (Credit: KDP Photography)

Penguins 3, Senators 2

For a description of yesterday's game, see the description of Saturday's game minus the extra frame and the shootout. The Penguins came out extremely flat and gave up two first period goals to the suddenly surging Senators. The tide turned, however, in the second period. The Senators took a few foolish penalties and the Penguins capitalized. Rico Fata used speed to his advantage and scored his 8th goal of the season on a feed from Ryan Stone and Matt Hussey. From there, Noah Welch scored on a power play slapshot from the right circle that sailed over Binghamton goaltender Kelly Guard's shoulder.

Late in the second period, Senators defenseman Jan Platil tried to spark his team by fighting with Ryan Stone, with whom he had been exchanging words all game. Platil hit Stone at the blueline, and they came together at center ice. Platil threw off his elbow pads and helmet (getting the game misconduct in the process) and started throwing wild punches at Stone. None of them landing, Stone came back with a few of his own, tagging Platil with a few in the process. That seemed to turn the tables, and the Penguins never looked back. They capitalized on sloppy defensive play in the third, with Matt Hussey scoring to put the Penguins up 3-2 with under two minutes left and sending Binghamton back up interstate 81 shaking their heads.

A few notes:

  • Goaltender Andy Chiodo and forward Daniel Carcillo may be on their way back to Wilkes-Barre in time for Thursday's practice after the all-star break.
  • Chris Kelleher had successful sports hernia surgery and will be out for two months. I'm expecting defenseman Drew Fata to be recalled in his place.
  • Rico Fata, who has been stellar lately, may get a callup to Pittsburgh sooner than later. If that is the case, either Shane Endicott or Konstantin Koltsov will be coming down in his place.

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