PENGUINS DISMISS SENATORS IN SHOOTOUT WIN
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Mike Brodeur turned aside 38 of 40 shots in regulation and overtime, but fell apart in the shootout as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins picked up a much-needed two points with a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Chris Conner opened the scoring at 17:54 of the first period while the Penguins were awarded a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Conner held onto the puck in the right corner, and then sent a low, hard shot through the legs of Brodeur from a bad angle for his tenth of the season.
After outshooting Binghamton 16-7 in the first, the Penguins added to their lead on a similar play by Tim Wallace at even strength. Wallace fired the puck from the left corner and at nearly the same angle past Brodeur for his 15th.
The B-Sens would then beat Brad Thiessen twice to tie up the score on a power play goal from Jim O’Brien at 19:21 of the second, and a Kaspars Daugavins finish of a Martin St. Pierre cross-crease pass at 3:38 of the third. Both goaltenders played a solid overtime, with Thiessen getting help from the right goal post when St. Pierre tried to bury a two-on-one rush.
The Penguins elected to shoot first, and captain Wyatt Smith continued his shootout success by tallying for the third time in four tries this season. Thiessen turned aside Kaspars Daugavins, and after Conner was denied in the second round, the Penguins rattled off three straight goals by Konstantin Pushkarev, Nick Johnson, and Jeffrey. With Thiessen’s save on Ryan Keller’s second-round attempt, Jeffrey’s goal proved to be the winner.
Thiessen stopped 25 shots to earn his third win of the season. He improved to 3-8-0, while Brodeur’s 38-save effort came up short in dropping him to 8-6-2.
The Penguins went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Binghamton finished 1-for-2.
The team stays home to take on the Hershey Bears tomorrow, February 13th at 7:05 pm. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a game-worn jersey card, courtesy of Jeep. The Penguins will hit the road to complete the three games in three nights with a 3:00 pm Valentine’s Day tilt against the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center.