Bobkov, Irwin Lead Admirals Past Pens

Friday, February 15, 2013
Through two periods of play, the Penguins had a decided edge in play and despite going 0 for 6 on the man advantage to that point, you got the sense that one goal might be enough. Well, one goal was enough tonight. 

With the Admirals 4th line on the ice, Brayden Irwin scored his first goal of the season on a rebound of a Pierre-Luc Letourneau LeBlond shot 3:17 into the third period and Igor Bobkov pitched a 32 save shutout in route to the Penguins 1-0 loss to the Norfolk Admirals.

The Penguins finished 0-for-8 with the man advantage tonight, but it wasn't due to a lack of chances or shots on net. Credit must be given to Bobkov, who made several big saves tonight.

The Penguins outshot the Admirals 32-12 tonight, including a 27-7 advantage through the final two periods but couldn't find the back of the net and are shut out for the first time at home this season.

The Penguins head to Binghamton tomorrow night to take on a Senators team that has been battered by call ups. The Sens lost 7-1 to the Syracuse Crunch tonight, so you can imagine how much they want to avenge that loss, especially considering what happened in Tuesday's meeting.

  • Jeff Zatkoff got the start in net tonight and stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced. 
  • With Beau Bennett called up, Chris Collins made his WBS season debut and had a particularly active first period. Collins said he was excited to be back and looked forward to getting out there this weekend when I talked to him at practice this week.
  • Dylan Reese returned from Pittsburgh and with the maximum number of veterans reached, Joey Mormina served as the veteran scratch along with injured forward Phil Dupuis to make room for Reese. Other scratches tonight were Cody Wild, Paul Thompson and Steve MacIntyre. 


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