Penguins Fall to Bruins in Shootout

Friday, March 29, 2013
Much like when the Penguins visited Providence earlier this month, the Bruins came into Mohegan Sun Arena tonight in the midst of a seven game road trip of their own.

Tonight was a back and forth, tight-checking playoff-like atmosphere and while the Penguins fall in the 8th round of the shootout, a point is earned in the standings and at this time of the season every point matters.

"To play the way we have and get a point out of it in a real close game is an important big picture lesson," Hynes said of tonight's game.

With the game tied at two halfway through the third period, the Penguins take a tripping minor and add a bench minor before the puck is dropped, putting the Pens down two men for two minutes. You could argue the WBS PK got the Penguins that one point tonight. Warren Peters sees it a little differently.

"The kill was great but the power play scored two goals too," Peters said.  "Special teams got us a point tonight. We'll take a big point at this time of the year and run with it into tomorrow night."

The power play seemed rejuvenated with the return of Beau Bennett. Dylan Reese finished the play twice, with two blasts from the point that made their way through traffic and past a very talented goaltender in Niklas Svedberg.

Svedberg made some great saves for the Bruins tonight. Most notably, a right pad save on Jayson Megna on a 2-on-1 chance in the first period. Svedberg was also active in overtime, stopping all four shots he faced.

"That's a playoff-type game," Reese said. "It's good to get the point, but more importantly I think we played well and have strung two games in a row together and feel good about the way we've played."

The Penguins travel to Binghamton tomorrow to face the Senators at 7:05 p.m. EST.


Jeff Zatkoff has been re-assigned to the AHL. He backed up starting goaltender Brad Thiessen tonight. Beau Bennett was also re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre in addition to defenseman Reid McNeill from Wheeling (ECHL). Bennett started the game on the 2nd line. McNeill was not at the rink for tonight's game.

Injured list: Tom Kuhnhackl and Phil Dupuis
Healthy scratches: Clark Seymour, Cody Wild, Reid McNeill, Chris Minella, Dominik Uher and Steve MacIntyre

Line combinations:

Holzapfel - Smith - Kolarik
Bennett - Gibbons - Thompson
Collins - Peters - Payerl
Farnham - Sill - Megna

Reese - Dumoulin
Mormina - Grant
Samuelsson - Bortuzzo

Thiessen - Zatkoff


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