PENS CAN’T BREAK GLASS, SENS TAKE 2-1 WIN
WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Penguins peppered Jeff Glass with 43 shots on Saturday night, but the Binghamton netminder was up to the task, turning aside 42 as the Senators took a 2-1 win in front of a sellout crowd of 8,292 at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
The loss was the second in a row for the Penguins, and the fourth in the past five games for the Pens, who now hold down the third position in the East Division standings, four points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
"That's the best way to break out of a scoring slump, is to get as many pucks to the net as you can, and most of the time it seems to be ugly ones that get you out of it," said head coach Todd Reirden, whose team has recorded 16 goals in the past eight games. "We've always used 40 [shots] as our goal. Again we got to 40, and we thought if we could get to 40 we could get the equalizer there and get it to 2-2.
"This has been our model of how we want to play and how we want to have success. Nothing has changed from the nine game winning streak that we had. This is the same way we played - offensive zone time, grind them down, pucks to the net, create scrums. Right now we're not getting the bounces going our way, but our guys are competing, battling. I can't say enough about the effort our guys are putting forth."
The Penguins controlled the first period, outshooting the Senators 13-3, but couldn't slip a shot behind Glass, who entered the an 8-13-2 mark and 3.44 goals against average.
The opening slavo came from a very unlikely source, as tough guy Jeremy Yablonski drove the net and banged home a backhand feed from Jim McKenzie at 9:00 of the second period. It was Yablonski's first goal and second point of the season.
Zack Smith upped the lead to 2-0 four minutes into the third with his 18th of the campaign, before Janne Pesonen chipped in his sixth tally in the past six games at 15:24 cut the lead. Pesonen came close to scoring a second time with just afew ticks left on the clock, but couldn't get the puck past Glass' right pad.