"Major" Disappointment - Pens Lose 5-1

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Penguins were looking to cut the division lead by Binghamton down to six points last night, but after a 5-1 loss in which the Pens seemed off their game the lead is back to double digits at 10 points.

Not much good can be taken away from last night's game. Dominik Uher broke a 5-0 shutout in the third period, scoring his first goal as a pro while the Pens were on a power play. But that's about it.

One of the most active guys on the ice was referees David Banfield and Trent Knorr. They whistled 30 infractions and dished out five ten-minute misconducts, three game misconducts and a total of 142 penalty minutes.

Adam Payerl was ejected following a five minute charging major early in the first period. Senators goalie Nathan Lawson came racing out of his crease to go after a loose puck that Payerl was approaching. The two players collided and Lawson got the worst of it, leaving the game and being replaced by Peguin-killer Robin Lehner.

At the end of the first period, Tom Kostopoulos was assessed a major for spearing, which the rules state must also include a game misconduct.

Riley Holzapfel blew a fuse in the third period after his goal which would have made it a 5-2 game was waved off, and the result was two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, a ten minute misconduct and a game misconduct.

The mantra among fans seems to be toward blaming the officials, and while that's perfectly understandable with a bunch of questionable decisions by the referees, the referees didn't put five goals in the back of the Penguins net.

Credit must be given to a Binghamton Senaotes team that many thought would be a push over after guys like Stephane Da Costa, Jakob Silfverberg, Andre Benoit and Patrick Wiercioch were moved up to the NHL.


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