Penguins Plunge in Shootout 12/8

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Tough loss for the Penguins tonight that leaves many bitter. A 3-0 lead in the second period lead built on by goals from Trevor Smith, Jayson Megna and Riley Holzapfel is tied up in the third period and eventually lost in a shootout to the Portland Pirates.

The Penguins had their chances to regain the lead in the third period after allowing three unanswered goals. Their best chance actually came about 2:30 after the Pirates had tied it. Phillipe Dupuis was clipped up high by Andy Miele and the Pens were awarded a four minute power play. The Penguins were unable to cash in and took back-to-back penalties before making it to overtime.

Another power play chance in overtime went by the wayside for the Penguins as well. Credit must be given to Pirates goaltender Mike Lee. Lee made his AHL debut tonight, coming in off the bench 6:10 into the game after the starter Mark Visentin gave up two goals in 44 seconds. Lee finished the game with 28 saves on 29 shots, also stopping all four Penguins shot attempts in the shootout. 

Brad Thiessen was in net tonight for the Penguins, stopping 30 of 33 shots he faced. Thiessen allowed two of four shots to go past him in the shootout tonight, the Penguins first shootout loss on the season. They were 3-0 in the shootout coming into tonight's game.

On defense, Alex Grant and Joey Mormina replaced the injured Simon Despres and healthy scratch Philip Samuelsson. Brian Strait (day-to-day) was also out of the lineup.  Up front, Paul Thompson sat again tonight. He played last night after a two game absence last weekend. Steve MacIntyre replaced him in the lineup. Dominik Uher was the 13th forward tonight and a healthy scratch. Tom Kuhnhackl (upper body) is out a few weeks.

The Penguins are off tomorrow before having practices Monday and Tuesday in preparation for their next game, which is Wednesday night in Albany against the Devils. The Penguins beat the Devils in a shootout down in Atlantic City back on November 25th. Expect an update after Monday's practice.


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