Don’t read too much into the final score.
That seemed to be the message that head coach John Hynes wanted to get across following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the opening contest of the 2013 Rookie Tournament, being held this week in London, Ontario.
“If you look at the way that we played, the work ethic we had, we really for the majority of the game carried the play,” said Hynes, who is leading the team in the three-game, round-robin tournament.
Twenty-six Pittsburgh prospects are taking part in the competition, giving the Penguins staff a chance to evaluate them in real game situations. Unsigned free agents, players signed to AHL deals, and Pittsburgh draftees will all be looking to impress the NHL front office.
And a few left their marks on Thursday, despite the unfavorable outcome.
One of those was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Bobby Farnham. Just seconds after Ottawa took a 1-0 lead on a Troy Rutkowksi power play goal, Franham dropped the gloves in his first (but not last) fight of the afternoon.
The Sens took a 2-0 lead when Jean-Gabriel Pageau tucked home a rebound behind netminder Eric Hartzell midway through the opening frame.
Cody Sylvester, a free agent invitee, halved the deficit with 3.4 seconds left in the first period by poking home a rebound of his own on a late power play for the Penguins.
But despite a slew of chances in the middle frame, the Penguins couldn’t capitalize.
“A big difference in the game was the second period, we played very well and didn’t get rewarded for it,” said Hynes. “Then as the game went on, we continued to play well, we just didn’t find the back of the net.
“Overall it was a good performance. I liked how the guys competed and how they played.”
Derek Grant wrapped up the scoring with goals in the second and third periods, beating 2013 draft pick Tristan Jarry on each of his tallies.
Farnham displayed the physical play that made him a fan favorite in Wilkes-Barre last season throughout the game. Seconds after serving a roughing minor, Farnham threw down for a second time in the game, this time against winger Shane Prince. Both players received slashing and fighting penalties, with Farnham also earning a game misconduct.
NOTES: The Penguins outshot the Senators 32-22 in the game….Philip Samuelsson wore the captain’s C for the game…Penguins scratches were Brian Dumoulin, Harrison Ruopp, Adam Payerl, Dominik Uher, Reid McNeill and Matt Murray…Friday is a practice day for the Penguins, who will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm on Saturday, and the Chicago Blackhawks at 2pm on Sunday…Fans can listen to WBS play-by-play voice call the games live on Penguins Radio 24/7 online through penguins.nhl.com
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