Pens Win in Hershey Again, 4-2

Saturday, December 10, 2011
The Penguins got off to a slow start, caused by an Eric Tangradi penalty in the first minute of the game, but after that the Penguins seemed to take control of the play and were able to ware down and outwork the Bears in the later stages of the game.

Tangradi and Bryan Lerg scored two quick goals 3:04 apart to start the third period to take a 3-1 lead and after Grahahm Mink intentionally knocked the Bears' empty net off its moorings, a 4-1 lead. Bears get a late one, but too little too late and the Penguins beat the Bears 4-2.

I just want to say ECHL call ups Dan Henningson and Peter Merth really stepped up tonight, and Matt Rust has been bringing it every shift. Not on the score sheet but shouldn't go unnoticed.

Quick recap after the jump.

After a scoreless first period, the Bears took the lead 7:38 into the middle frame. Ryan Potulny's shot eluded Scott Munroe as Tangradi went down to block the shot and it trickled through him and deflected into the net.

But about four minutes later, a Ben Street shot found its way into the net for Streeter's 8th of the season. Gibbons and Grant got the helpers on the tying goal. And after two periods, the Penguins were tied at one and being out shot 27-18. But you got the feeling they would have more left in the tank, having yesterday off while the Bears were in action.

Just 46 seconds into the third period, Lerg stole a Chris Bourque outlet pass and fed a pass of his own to Tangradi who made a nifty move to roof a puck past Braden Holtby. Lerg scored a goal of his own just under four minutes into the final frame and blasted a puck over Holtby's shoulder after great hustle down low behind the Bears' net. Colin McDonald had a beautiful pass to set it up. Glad to see him get awarded a goal on an awkward play by Mink.

Pens win in regulation and take a two point lead over the Bears. Norfolk beating the Senators would leave the Pens and Admirals tied in first with 33 points each, while Hershey is stuck at 31. Admirals were cruising late in the third period but either way the Penguins have a share of first place.

Go Penguins!


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