Home Woes Continue, Pens Fall 5-4 in OT

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Zach Sill and the third line played well tonight.
After five games, a 1-2-1-1 start was anything but expected for the talent on this roster. But not holding onto leads of 2-0 and 3-1 (in the 3rd period) will kill you every time. The Penguins still haven't won a home game (0-2-1-1) with their only win of the season coming this past Thursday night in Rochester.

The Penguins started the game great, leading 2-0 after the first period on goals by Brandon DeFazio and Eric Tangradi. They were completely dominant in all facets of the game. They out shot the Binghamton Senators 7-1 in the first frame. The second and third periods seemed a completely different story.

The Senators came out flying in the middle frame. They waltzed right in from the blue line to score just 16 seconds into the period. Geoff Walker responded with a slam dunk power play goal just over a minute and a half later to push the lead back to two goals, 3-1. And then just 2:22 into the period, Binghamton made it 3-2. A slow start to the 2nd period really hurt the Penguins tonight.

The Penguins would take the 3-2 lead into the locker room heading into the third period but were unable to hold the lead. Mark Parrish, who recorded a four point night (2G-2A) and the game's first star honors, tied the game at three 7:16 into the third period and Kaspars Daugavins gave the Senators their first lead of the game just over four minutes later.

Bryan Lerg responded 90 seconds later, tapping home a great pass from behind the net from Paul Thompson. But it wasn't enough. The Penguins headed into overtime and Parrish tallied his second of the night - the game winner - with just 1:31 left in the extra session.

Final Thoughts
  • No Ryan Craig tonight. Still no updates on his status. I will talk to Hynes at practice this week if nothing is brought to my attention sooner. Also, Ben Street was out. He hasn't played this week. Last I heard, Street's injury was nothing serious and he would only miss some time. Hopefully he's ready to go next week.
  • Nick Petersen made his season debut tonight and played with a chip on his shoulder. He played on a line with Zach Sill and Paul Thompson. The three made a nice unit.
  • Cody Wild made his WBS debut tonight, but was a -2 with no points and a shot on goal.
  • The Penguins next game isn't until Friday in Springfield for a rematch with the Falcons. Hopefully I will be able to get to see the team practice all week and provide all the breaking news I can dig up.


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