Sunday, January 29

Penguins 4, Admirals 3 (SO)

The Penguins’ Dennis Bonvie and Norfolk’s Shawn Thornton trade punches during the first period of Saturday night’s game at Wachovia Arena. (TIMES LEADER STAFF PHOTO/AIMEE DILGER)

Erik Christensen is a shootout specialist. There is no denying that. Christensen scored on his first shot in the shootout on Saturday night with a beautiful move that froze Norfolk goaltender Scott Reid. Dany Sabourin was solid in net once again, stopping 4 of 5 shots in the shootout while he led his team to a 4-3 win.

The Penguins started out extremely slow and sluggish, giving up two power play goals in the first period, both the result of lazy penalties and poor defensive coverage. In between periods, whatever was said must have worked, because the Penguins came out with fire for the second. Speed was a factor as the Penguins simply outworked Norfolk to tie the score at 2 off of goals from
Matt Hussey and Jonathan Filewich.

The third period was no different, as the Penguins were crashing and banging everything that wore red.
Ryan Stone scored early in the period, with Rico Fata picking up his second assist. From there, it was all Penguins, controlling the play until mid-way through the period, where the Admirals got a beautiful goal from Matt Keith to tie the game at three.

The game was even the rest of the way, with play going back and forth into each end. Keith seemed to hurt himself when going for a hit in his defensive zone, he skated off slowly and did not take another shift. Overtime was mostly uneventful, until there were about 5 seconds left and Norfolk had a great scoring chance. Penguins defenseman
Noah Welch hauled his man down, and referee Chris Ciamaga ruled that it wasn't enough for a penalty shot, so the game went to the shootout. Christensen and Kenny Corupe scored for the Penguins, and that was all Dany Sabourin needed to earn the victory with 4 saves in the shootout.

  • Fans were upset at the fight between Dennis Bonvie and Shawn Thornton in the first period. It was a back and forth battle with both guys landing a few shots, but they seemed to tire late in the fight, and allowed the linesmen to step in. The sold out Wachovia Arena crowd met that with a chorus of boos. Click here for an interesting poll from the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.
  • Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien and assistant coach Mike Yeo were in attendance last night after their game in New York earlier in the day. The rest of the NHL Penguins stayed in New York City for their annual rookie dinner.
  • Is Sean Collins really 5'9"? He played well last night, and should see more ice time tonight.
  • It seems that Arpad Mihaly has fallen out of favor with coach Joe Mullen, he barely saw the ice in the third period after taking a few penalties.
  • Daniel Carcillo took three penalties in Wheeling last night, each time taking someone from the other team with him. That's all coach Mullen is looking for.
  • Tonight's game with Binghamton starts at 5:05pm, and the Senators come in to the game after losing their last four games by a margin of 19-7. The referee will be Jeff Smith, with Jim Harper and Dave Brown on the lines.

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