Pens Win 4-2, Franchise's 500th Win

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tonight's win was the franchise's 500th win and in just its 13th season. Quite an accomplishment considering the two bad seasons the team had in its first and third years in the league.

It was Brad Thiessen vs. Robin Lehner in net. Recent call-up Chris Barton and Paul Thompson were the healthy scratches. Joey Mormina is still shaken up from the high hit Corey Cowick put on him the last time the two team's played.

The Penguins got back at Cowick for his dirty hit at the end of the last game between these teams. Cowick and Geoff Walker dropped the mitts 2:13 in and both got some good shots in.

The Senators would open the scoring while on a 5-on-3 power play. Stephane Da Costa scored his first AHL goal at the 7:27 mark to give the Sens a 1-0 lead after the first period.

In the middle frame, the Pens tied the game at one after a power play had expired. Eric Tangradi fed a beautiful pass into the slot to a wide open Colin McDonald who made no mistake and buried one past Lehner. Ryan Craig got the second assist 8:38 into the period.

Mike Hoffman gave the Senators a 2-1 lead on a goal from Da Costa and Riley Armstrong while on another two man advantage. But that would be the last time the puck got behind Thiessen tonight.

On a power play of their own at the tail end of the 2nd period, Alex Grant found Ben Street cutting up the middle and fed a nice pass to him. Street did the rest and went forehand to back on Lehner with a defenseman on his back. A great goal for Street and tied the game at two with 1:53 left in the period.

A Carl Sneep point shot was tipped in by Zach Sill to give the Pens their first lead of the game at 3-2 with 11:59 to play. Tangradi unselfishly passed a puck to Colin McDonald for an empty net goal to seal the deal with 7.1 seconds left and that was the game. Penguins 4, Senators 2.

Next for the Pens is a trip to Syracuse before a Saturday night home game with the Norfolk Admirals. We will have you up to date with all the WBS Penguins news this weekend right here at Highland Park Hockey - your source for all Penguins hockey news!


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