DUSTIN THE PHANTOMS - JEFFREY’S THREE POINTS HELP PENGUINS TO 4-3 WIN
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Dustin Jeffrey registered two goals and an assist, and Lane Caffaro registered his first AHL goal to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to their third consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Adirondack Phantoms on Monday night at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
It was Caffaro who got the Penguins on the board inside the game’s first six minutes, as he sent a shot from a nearly impossible angle past Phantoms goaltender John Grahame. The chance came as Grahame came out to challenge Nick Johnson’s shot from the right circle.
With the hosts ahead 1-0 in the second, another early-period goal from Jeffrey put the hosts up by two. Jeffrey came in on Grahame, and put a backhander over Grahame’s outstretched left pad for his ninth of the season. Jeffrey did it again just one minute later, taking a pass from the left side boards from Caffaro and fired home his third point of the night. Jeffrey now has six three-point efforts this season.
The Phantoms would pull to within one on a late second-period tally from Jon Matsumoto, who beat John Curry for his 13th of the season. Patrick Maroon would pull the visitors to within one early in the third frame, completing a two-point night of his own.
But Eric Tangradi came up with a huge insurance goal with less than seven minutes remaining, getting open in the slot and firing home a pass from behind the net by Joe Vitale. The goal stood up as the game winner as Stefan Legein ended the Penguins’ run at four straight games with a perfect penalty kill, putting a trickler through Curry’s pads in the final three minutes of regulation with Grahame on the bench for the extra attacker. The Penguins withstood another late rally attempt, and held on for the win.
Curry stopped 32 Phantoms shots to improve to 14-11-1 on the season, and took over the league lead in minutes played. Grahame gave up four goals for the second time in two starts, and fell to 0-2-0.
The Penguins finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Phantoms ended 1-for-6.
The Penguins’ seven-game homestand continues at the same time as the 2009 portion of the Penguins’ schedule concludes this Wednesday. The Binghamton Senators come to town for a 7:05 pm match at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.