|Ben Street and his linemate Bryan Lerg each scored a power play goal tonight and assisted on each others goal.|
The Penguins dominated the play at even strength tonight for the most part, but they simply lost the special teams battle.
A total of 17 power plays were awarded tonight by referee Tim Mayer. The Pens got nine power plays, one of those being a 5-on-3. The Phantoms got eight, with three 5-on-3 opportunities. All five goals scored tonight came on the man advantage.
The team's traded power play goals in the first 40 minutes. Bryan Lerg and Ben Street were the power play goal scorers for the Pens. Phantoms forward Ben Holmstrom scored two 5-on-3 goals, one in each of the first two periods, and newly signed forward Matt Read scored a powerplay goal with 4:55 left in the third.
The Penguins had a chance to tie the game after a delay of game penalty on the Phantoms with 2:06 left, but the Pens were unable to muster much of anything and leave Adirondack tonight with no points.
John Curry is tagged with the loss tonight, stopping 14 of 17 shots. Michael Leighton stopped 24 of 26 for his 11th win of the season. Curry is still stuck on 99 career wins for the Pens.
The Pens finish their weekend road trip with a 5 p.m. EST faceoff in Giant Center with the Hershey Bears. I'll put up a preview sometime tomorrow afternoon.