Kane & Able, Pens Win in OT

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Penguins "celebrate" the game winning OT goal. This photo courtesy of Justin Moul.

Boyd Kane must have said something pretty offensive to the officials with 1:15 left in overtime, as the Bears captain was tagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving the Penguins a late power play.

Chad Kolarik's one-timer on a pass from Alex Grant with 10.8 seconds left in overtime beat Dany Sabourin and just like in the AHL Outdoor Classic, the Penguins again rallied from a 1-0 deficit in Hershey to steal a 2-1 victory in overtime.

With the win, the Penguins complete the weekend sweep, winning all three games this weekend. They have now won four in a row and nine of their last ten games. 

The stat of the night has to be this: The Penguins out shot the Bears by a total of 31-11 from the second period on tonight. 

Not to say Jeff Zatkoff had an easy night, he made plenty of highlight reel saves, but the Penguins clearly took it to the Bears and dominated play for the most part today.  Credit Sabourin for keeping this game close.

The teams skated to a scoreless first twenty minutes today at Giant Center, with both Zatkoff and Sabourin making saves for their respective teams.

Steve Olesky upended Bobby Farnham 3:10 into the game, starting a brawl between the two. Olesky was at it again early in the second period, tripping Steve MacIntyre. Oddly enough, there wasn't a fight after the altercation between those two.

Kane broke the scoreless tie while the Bears were on an extended power play  midway through the 2nd period. MacIntyre was in the box for a charging minor and ensuing unsportsmanlike penalty after targeting Olesky behind the Bears' net. 

Former WBS goalie Dany Sabourin continued to frustrate Penguins' shooters in the middle frame, making some flashy glove saves on Alex Grant and Riley Holzapfel in particular.

The Penguins dominated play in the third period and tied the game with 7:57 left. Riley Holzapfel's 15th of the season with a cluster of bodies in Sabourin's crease tied the contest. Adam Payerl continues to rack up points, assisting on the goal along with the recently hot Warren Peters.


Jeff Zatkoff got the start in net after starting off the weekend with a 4-1 win over his former team, the Manchester Monarchs.

Only other lineup change was forward Steve MacIntyre in for Chris Barton.

Mark Eaton, Beau Bennett, Paul Thompson and Phil Dupuis are all still out of the lineup with injuries. Cody Wild and Chris Barton were the healthy scratches. Tom Kuhnhackl is out for the season.


The Penguins have a scheduled day off tomorrow before resuming on Tuesday morning with a practice at Coal Street. Check for the next update then. The Pens also practice Wednesday and Thursday, before heading to Norfolk for two games this weekend.

Currently, I plan on making the trip down to southern Virginia for Friday and Saturday night's games, so be sure to follow Highland Park Hockey on Twitter (@H_P_Hockey) for an exclusive look at all the latest on the Penguins in Norfolk.


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