In a game where a lot of regulars were missing from the lineup and some new faces suited up, the Penguins managed to win the home finale and finish the year above .500 at home.
No Bryan Lerg, Ben Street, Geoff Walker, Brian Gibbons, Zach Sill or Robert Bortuzzo tonight. Andrew Hotham, Adam Payerl, Chris Barton, Matt Rust, and Steve MacIntyre were in.
Bridgeport took a 1-0 lead 22 seconds into the contest. Mike Halmo scored his first scored his first AHL goal.
The Pens got a goal from an unlikely source about two and a half minutes later when Steve MacIntyre (YES STEVE MACINTYRE!) finished off a hard working drive to the net with his first of the season and first goal in 125 pro games. Tip of the hat to Jonathan Bombulie for looking that one up.
Colin McDonald's 14th goal of the season, a power play tally, gave the Pens a 2-1 lead late in the first frame.
No goals in the second period but good saves by both goalies. Brad Thiessen for WBS and Kenny Reiter for Bridgeport. Thiessen made his second start in as many nights, while Reiter (a Pittsburgh native) made his AHL debut.
Jason Williams added the insurance goal 1:06 into the third period and ride Brad Thiessen's saves to a 3-2 victory.
Pens end the season tomorrow in Bridgeport with a 3 p.m. face-off. Then next Friday (4/20), the Pens host the Hershey Bears in the first round of the playoffs.