Penguins Slide Continues 12/19

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Everything seemed to be in control for the Penguins. They had a 3-0 lead heading into the third period and had been outplaying the Binghamton Senators most of the night.

Not so fast. Four unanswered goals by Senators in the final 16:08 and the Penguins losing streak hits six games, a first for the Pens under coach John Hynes. It's only December and while it's a tough loss for the Penguins, there's no time for the team to sulk.

"It's not the end of the year. We gotta wake up tomorrow and get back to work," Hynes said.

A lot of lineup notes for tonight so I have them listed below:
  • Jeff Zatkoff got the start in net tonight. It was his first start since 12/7 as he was out with a minor injury.
  • Beau Bennett and Phillipe Dupuis didn't make the trip to Binghamton. Coach Hynes said both are "day-to-day".
  • With Bennett and Dupuis out of commission, the Pens were down to 11 healthy forwards. When MacIntyre was announced as a healthy scratch, a 10 forward/ 8 defensemen was used tonight.
A great first period for the Penguins, who jumped out to a 1-0 lead 5:49 into the contest when Warren Peters banged home a rebound for his 4th of the season. Brian Gibbons and Paul Thompson got the assists.

Then Bobby Farnham made his presence felt. Not with a fight, but an absolute blast to the top shelf. Farnham's first of the season came unnassisted and it seemed the Pens were rolling.

"We did a lot of things the right way tonight but didn't get the end result," Farnham said.

Philip Samuelsson extended the Penguins lead in the second period with his first of the season as well. Gibbons picked up his second assist and Trevor Smith also added a helper.

The Penguins seemed to be in control heading into the third period. Like coach Hynes said, a few untimely turnovers ended up in the back of the net and that was the difference tonight.  No time to sulk, as the Penguins have to get back at it Saturday night up in Syracuse.


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