The real story of the game is how easily the Penguins got the Bears skilled players off their game tonight. Joey Mormina knocked Ryan Potulny into the middle of next week with a clean stand up hit at the Pens defensive blue line. Potulny left the ice and later returned but was more involved in trying to retaliate than playing his own game.
Kyle Greentree also was taking shots at Penguins players, though he scored both Bears goals tonight in a losing effort.
The Penguins came out and outworked the Bears in all facets of the game in the first period. The Penguins 4th line of Ryan Craig, Zach Sill and Brandon DeFazio punished the Bears physically all night long.
The win puts the Pens' magic number to clinch 4th place down to three points. It's nearly set in stone that the Pens and Bears will meet in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Pens host the Whale tomorrow night. We'll have exclusive live updates as usual, bringing you closer to the action at Mohegan Sun Arena!