Anton Zlobin scored at 8:40 of overtime, giving the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The win was the eighth straight for the Penguins over the Senators in postseason play, dating back to April 23, 2005.
Zlobin’s goal from the slot finished off a strange night, which saw three goals waived off by the referees after the game was tied at 2-2.
Binghamton got on the board first with power play goal off the stick of Cody Ceci 6:06 into the game.
That score held until Harry Zolnierczyk, who was appearing in his first career postseason game, redirected a Brian Dumoulin feed past Andrew Hammond at 12:23 of the second period.
The 1-1 deadlock didn’t last long though. Jean-Gabriel Pageau blasted a shot through traffic that appeared to deflect off of a body in front. The puck found its way behind Peter Mannino, giving the Sens the one goal lead once again.
An Anton Zlobin boarding call gave Binghamton a chance to extend their lead, but it was the Penguins who would capitalize during the penalty. Andrew Ebbett’s slapper from the left faceoff circle beat Hammond far side with 17 seconds left in the Zlobin infraction, making it a 2-2 game at 17:5 of the second.
Bingo took back-to-back penalties late in the frame, giving the Pens a 5-on-3 advantage for the final 1:22 of the period, but the visitors couldn’t capitalize then, or during the ensuing power play time to start the third frame.
Mannino stopped 27 shots to pick up the win, while Hammond turned aside 34 in the losing effort.
The two teams will face off again on Saturday night in Binghamton, before the series switches to Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night.
Good seats for Wednesday night’s game, as well as tickets for home game B (which could be played versus Binghamton on Friday, May 2) are available now at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com and by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.
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