Lehner The Penguin Killer 1/9

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Binghamton Senators goalie Robin Lehner turned in another spectacular performance against the Penguins, upping his record to 4-0-1 against the Pens this season with a 31 save effort tonight.  After watching tonight's 3-1 loss to the BSens, I'm convinced Lehner is Swedish for "Penguin Killer".

He was particularly good in the third period, stopping numerous prime chances from Beau Bennett, Paul Thompson, Eric Tangradi and Trevor Smith.

The BSens took the lead 6:27 into the first period on a tic-tac-toe passing play between Andre Benoit, Jakob Silfverberg and Stephane Da Costa on a 3-on-1 chance. Da Costa finished off the play for his 6th of the season.

From there, not much going on for the Penguins until the 8:36 mark of the 2nd period. Corey Cowick challenged Zach Sill to a fight and early on it appeared Cowick was standing his ground. But then Sill switched to his left and went to town on Cowick, landing numerous uppercuts and the eventual takedown.

The Penguins started the 3rd period on the penalty kill, and just 1:00 in to the final frame an Eric Gryba point shot trickled past Zatkoff, giving the BSens what looked like an insurmountable 2-0 lead.

The Penguins did not fade away into the night after the early third period goal. In fact, they did quite the opposite, going on to out shoot the Senators 14-4 in the final 20 minutes.

Paul Thompson knocked home a rebound past Lehner to break his shutout bid 4:45 into the final frame, and the Penguins came to life. Eric Tangradi and Dylan Reese got the assists. 

The Penguins had several good scoring chances on their lone power play midway through the 3rd period, but couldn't get the equalizer tonight. Mike Hoffman added an empty net goal in the final minute to complete the 3-1 final score.


After being scratched Sunday, Beau Bennett, Eric Tangradi and Robert Bortuzzo returned to action tonight.

The healthy scratches tonight were Joey Mormina, Brian Gibbons, Dominik Uher, Alex Grant and Keven Veilleux.

Benn Ferriero, who nobody noticed his absence from the third period Saturday night, is day-to-day. Tom Kuhnhackl is week-to-week, recovering from a separated shoulder.

Jeff Zatkoff got the start in goal tonight, and while he wasn't overly impressive, he turned back 13 of the 15 shots that came his way. Zatkoff kept the Penguins in the game in the first period after they got off to a slow start.

In a surprise move while on a power play, Bobby Farnham and Steve MacIntyre hopped over the boards with Riley Holzapfel on the 2nd unit for a shift tonight. With the power play converting at roughly a 4.5% rate during the team's current slide, maybe head coach John Hynes was sending a message to his skill guys.


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