LETESTU’S LATE TALLY GETS PENS A POINT
WILKES-BARRE, PA - Mark Letestu scored with 3.2 seconds left to force overtime, but the Hershey Bears found a way around John Curry in the shootout to grab a 3-2 win Saturday night at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Alexandre Giroux continued his torrid scoring pace, picking up his 56th goal of the season just 1:40 into the game, then making the score 2-0 at the 16 minute mark of the first period.
Netminder Michael Neuvirth was impressinve through the first 44 minutes of playing, stopping 35 Penguins shots before Paul Bissonnette's wrister from the slot tipped off the goalie's stick and fluttered across the line.
Hershey looked like they would walk out with a 2-1 win, but Letestu crashed the net off a late faceoff and put his 23rd of the season into the Bears cage as time was about to expire.
Giroux couldn't beat John Curry in the shootout, but didn't need to, as Darren Reid, Kyle Wilson and Chris Bourque all solved the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton backstopper, while only Janne Pesonen and Letestu could find the twine for the Pens.
The win gives the Bears a five-point cushion over the Penguins in the East Division standings, with the Pens holding a game in hand on both Hershey and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.