The East Division race just got even more tight as the Penguins fall 4-0 to the Admirals tonight. Both teams have 65 points, but the Admirals own the tiebreakers. Hershey is nipping at the heels with 64 points.
Eric Tangradi returned to the lineup and was rather ineffective, bouncing around the bottom six tonight. It was Scott Munroe vs Dustin Tokarski in net tonight and you couldn't really pin the loss on "Munny" as most of the goals were defensive lapses.
A lot of extra curricular activity tonight, with three fights, a line brawl and a total of 72 PIM in the game. The two early fights in the first period didn't really spark either team as the game was scoreless after the first frame.
The Admirals opened up the scoring with a shorthanded breakaway goal by Trevor Smith :59 into the second period. Richard Palat made it 2-0 with 2:09 left in the middle period.
The Admirals got two more in the third period and cruised to an easy 4-0 win. Pierre-Cedric Labrie notched his 11th of the season and Tyler Johnson added his 17th of the season with a 5x3 goal late in the game.
The Penguins have two road games in New York this weekend with Friday night in Binghamton and Saturday in Albany. I'm planning on making the road trip to both games to bring exclusive road coverage of WBS Penguins hockey! Stay tuned.