Penguins Drop Overtime Game On The Road
The Providence Bruins penalty kill was just as good as its No. 1 AHL rank would suggest.
However, the power play is what won them Friday’s game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Ryan Fitzgerald scored on a backdoor tip during an overtime man-advantage, giving Providence the 2-1 decision at Dunkin’ Donuts Center and dropping the Penguins to 6-4-1-1. The Bruins had two power-play goals in the game and stopped all five of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s chances.
It took a terrific individual effort by Sam Lafferty to force overtime late in the third period.
With the Penguins trailing, Lafferty — who went to college in Providence at Brown University — beat Wiley Sherman to a loose puck at the blue line and goaltender Dan Vladar far side with a wicked snap shot to tie the score.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a chance to win with a power play in the final two minutes, but couldn’t generate any good chances. Tobias Lindberg’s cross-check in the extra period gave Providence the opening it needed.
■ Lafferty has points in four straight games and received third-star honors for his equalizer. He is now tied for the team lead in goals among active Penguins.
■ Vladar was stellar, sliding over to stop Jarrett Burton’s rebound attempt and an ensuing shot by Teddy Blueger during one of the Penguins’ big pushes in the second. He made 27 stops in total and was the No. 2 star.
■ Fitzgerald also assisted the Bruins’ first goal, a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play that was finished by Martin Bakos. He skated off with two points and top billing for the night.
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Providence’s penalty kill remained perfect at home, moving to 17 for 17 after stopping all of the Penguins’ chances.
Slow starts continue to haunt Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which fell behind for the fourth straight game in the first period. Unless that starts changing, it’s going to be tough to repeatedly claw back for points.
Tristan Jarry was sensational late and is showing signs of the play that made him an all-star in 2017. If the offense and penalty kill can be more consistent, the Penguins will hit on the winning formula.
■ Defenseman Zach Trotman and forward Sam Miletic were out of the lineup with injuries and are week-to-week.
■ Derek Grant, reassigned to the team earlier this week, made his first start with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 13.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continues its three-in-three weekend tonight with a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center.
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Penguins 0 0 1 0 — 1 Providence 1 0 0 1 — 2 First period: Scoring - 1, Prov, Bakos (Kovar, Fitzgerald), 11:26 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Czuczman, high-sticking 5:35; WBS, Haggerty, tripping 10:53; Prov, Kovar, hooking 13:46.
Second period: Scoring - None. Penalties - WBS, Horvat, boarding and fighting 6:49; Prov, Frederic, instigating, fighting and 10-minute misconduct 6:49; WBS, Summers, slashing 8:53; Prov, Cave, interference 18:43.
Third period: Scoring - 2, WBS, Lafferty (Haggerty), 15:08. Penalties - WBS, Summers, slashing 2:38; Prov, Blidh, holding 6:24; Prov, Johansson, cross-checking 11:57; Prov, Fitzgerald, slashing 18:19.
Overtime: Scoring - 3, Prov, Fitgerald (Goloubef, Kovar), 3:43 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Lindberg, cross-checking 1:48.
Shots on goal: WBS 8 9 10 1 - 28; Prov 13 8 10 7 - 38.
Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (36 saves on 38 shots); Prov, Vladar (27 saves on 28 shots).
Power-play opportunities: WBS, 0 for 5; Prov, 2 for 5.
Referees: Jordan Deckard and Furman South. Linesmen: Kyle Richtelle and Kevin Keenan.