Pens Can't Solve Lehner, Lose 3-1

Friday, January 4, 2013
The Penguins outshot the Senators 44-15 tonight but still come away with no points. Robin Lehner made 43 saves as the BSens pull past the Pens by a 3-1 final score.

The losing streak continues.  The Penguins have won just one game in their last 12. Beau Bennett might've put it in the most simple way.

"We just have to get better," Bennett said after the 3-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators.

Bennett gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 8:21 into the first period after a turnover in the neutral zone sprung him on a 2-on-1 with Benn Ferriero. Bennett decided to shoot and his wrister was fired into the top right corner of the net past Robin Lehner's glove. Riley Holzapfel and Robert Bortuzzo got the assists.

The BSens tied it up late in the first period after what appeared to be an obvious interference penalty. Derek Grant finished off the play for the goal with 3:30 left in the opening frame. Assists went to Mark Stone and David Dziurzynski.

The BSens appeared to have taken a 2-1 lead :54 into the middle frame but a Mark Stone goal was negated by a too many men penalty.

After a Benn Ferriero hooking minor and a Robert Bortuzzo double minor for highsticking, the BSens cashed in on the 5-on-3 power play. Joey Mormina had broken his stick and the Pens were unable to clear the puck. Mike Hoffman scored on a back door play with 8:41 left in the 2nd period. Stephane Da Costa and Andre Benoit got the assists on the power play tally.

The story of the game was certainly the Penguins power play, which went 0 for 9 tonight. Head coach John Hynes had this to say about his teams' power play:

"Consistently, we had opportunities but when you get in these tight games that's the big difference. They get one on the 5-on-3 and we don't. It'd be nice to get one."

The Penguins get right back in action tomorrow night at home against the Worcester Sharks.


It was Jeff Zatkoff vs. Robin Lehner in net tonight. Brian Strait, Phillipe Dupuis, Simon Despres, Dominik Uher, Steve MacIntyre and Keven Veilleux were scratched tonight. Tom Kuhnhackl was scheduled to have surgery on his shoulder yesterday and is still out of the lineup.

Alex Grant went back to playing on the 4th line. Here's what the lines looked like tonight:

Brian Gibbons - Trevor Smith - Jayson Megna
Eric Tangradi - Benn Ferriero - Beau Bennett
Warren Peters - Riley Holzapfel - Bobby Farnham
Paul Thompson - Zach Sill - Alex Grant

Robert Bortuzzo - Joey Mormina
Dylan Reese - Brian Dumoulin
Joe Morrow - Philip Samuelsson


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