Penguins End Skid, Beat Crunch 3-2

Saturday, December 22, 2012
The Penguins ended their six game losing streak tonight on the road, holding on to beat the Syracuse Crunch by a 3-2 score despite a late barrage of shots by the home team. The win was head coach John Hynes' 116th win behind the Penguins bench, the team's all-time most winningest coach.

It was Jeff Zatkoff vs. Dustin Tokarski in net tonight. Brian Dumoulin was scratched on defense. Steve MacIntyre was the healthy scratch up front. Alex Grant played forward on the WBS 4th line.

The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Paul Thompson was set up in the slot for an easy one-time goal. Brian Gibbons and Riley Holzapfel got the assists on the power play goal.

The Crunch tied the game at when on Alex Killorn's 10th of the season but the Penguins took the lead back on the ensuing faceoff. Joey Mormina notched his first of the season to bring the game back to the Penguins 14 seconds later.

The Penguins added to their lead halfway through the second period when Trevor Smith banged home the rebound of an Eric Tangradi shot to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Philip Samuelsson also added an assist on the play.

The Crunch got active at the end of the middle frame, drawing within one goal with 1:15 left in the period when Tyler Johnson scored his 18th of the season. But that's as close as the Crunch would get.


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