Curry shuts out Moose 2-0, five defenseman do the trick

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Yes. That's Geoff Walker when he was the Pens' "moustache boy" for December.

Geoff Walker notched his 3rd goal of March late in the first period, banging in the rebound of a Robert Bortuzzo shot from the point. Keven Veilleux had the first chance on the rebound before Walker tapped it home.

The Pens held onto that 1-0 lead until late in the third period until Manitoba missed the chance of the game and Chris Collins sprang his linemates Bryan Lerg and Ben Street on a 2-on-1 rush the other way. Lerg fed a pass across to Street who buried a backhander past Moose goaltender Eddie Lack to give the WBS Pens a 2-0 lead with 5:35 left in the game. 

A shorthanded defensive unit featuring only one guy not in his first or second AHL season, found a way to hold off the offensive attack from Manitoba, giving up only 23 shots in tonight's 2-0 win.

More after the jump.

John Curry was in the net and earned a 23 save shutout without four of the team’s top six defenseman and with only 5 healthy defensemen in the lineup tonight. Quite a way to respond to Brad Thiessen’s shutout in Abbotsford on Friday night, as now Coach Hynes has a decision for who to put in goal tomorrow night. If you remember, Thiessen played the back-to-back games against Abbotsford.

Both Brain Strait and Bortuzzo led the defense tonight and played physically and responsibly in the defensive zone to help Curry get his second shutout of the season.

Tonight was an all-around good effort by a shorthanded Penguins team. This team just keeps finding ways to win and steal points, as they have now taken 5 of 6 points in the third game of four in their Canadian road trip.


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