WBS Pens Grab Important Win
For three periods and overtime, both Tristan Jarry and Zane McIntyre were locked in between the pipes.
But once the shootout started, the Penguins found an opening against their former playoff nemesis.
Ben Sexton was the first to beat McIntyre, and Joseph Cramarossa scored for the third time this season with his patented backhand move as WIlkes-Barre/Scranton posted an important 2-1 win over Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
With the victory, the Penguins jumped past Lehigh Valley into fifth place in the Atlantic Division.
Jarry made 34 saves and stopped both of his shootout chances.
The turning point
Ethan Prow, who had the game’s first goal only 44 seconds into the third period, also had a crucial play in 3-on-3 overtime.
The Bruins were skating toward Jarry on what looked like a clean 2-on-1 rush, but Prow intercepted a saucer pass out of midair and sent the puck along the boards to let the Penguins reset.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton later drew a power play, but could not score.
■ Defenseman Chris Wideman picked up an assist in his Penguins debut and was physical with the Bruins throughout the game. He was star No. 3.
■ Providence’s Chris Breen was named the No. 2 star for his game-tying goal at 5:46 of the third period. It was only his second goal of the season.
■ Sexton’s shootout goal was his second with the Penguins and technically the game winner, even though Cramarossa’s tally put the bow on the game. He was the top star as a result.
Stat to know
McIntyre had been perfect in shootouts entering the game, going 6 for 6 before allowing his two goals on Friday.
Every win is crucial at this point in the season, and the Penguins started their short road trip on a high note.
Providence has cooled off of late with only four wins and 10 games, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now in striking distance with one game in hand.
Wideman was paired with veteran Tim Erixon on the blue line. Sam Miletic, Joseph Blandisi and Anthony Angello formed one of the Penguins’ line combinations in their first game following the trade of Jean-Sebastien Dea.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will look to win its third straight game at 7:30 tonight as it closes out its trip to New England against the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center.
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Penguins 2, Providence 1
Penguins 0 0 2 — 2 Providence 0 0 1 — 1
First period: Scoring - None. Penalties - WBS, Angello, slashing 1:01; WBS, Scarfo, roughing 11:19; Prov, Frederic, slashing 11:19; WBS, Angello, slashing 16:28; Prov, Breen, holding 19:36.
Second period: Scoring - None. Penalties - Prov, Szwarz, tripping 0:11; WBS, Wideman, fighting 5:57; Prov, Blidh, fighting 5:57; WBS, Haggerty, tripping 10:12; Prov, Fitzgerald, holding 10:18.
Third period: Scoring - 1, WBS, Prow (Wideman, Lafferty), 0:44; 2, Prov, Breen (Stempniak, Zboril), 5:46. Penalties - WBS, Wideman, roughing 3:10; Prov, Doherty, roughing 3:10; WBS, Czuczman, unsportsmanlike conduct 4:40; WBS, Johnson, roughing 4:40; Prov, Clifton, roughing 4:40; Prov, Szwarz, goaltender interference 5:02; WBS, Blandisi, 10-minute misconduct 7:54; WBS, Erixon, cross-checking 8:46.
Overtime: Scoring - None. Penalties - Prov, Zboril, hooking 3:16.
Shootout: WBS - Miletic no, Sexton goal, Cramarossa goal; Prov - Carey no, Stempniak no.
Shots on goal: WBS 7 10 14 9 1 - 41; Prov 11 10 12 2 0 - 35.
Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (34 saves on 35 shots; 2 for 2 in shootout); Prov, McIntyre (39 saves on 40 shots; 1 for 3 in shootout).
Power-play opportunities: WBS 0 for 5; Prov 0 for 5.
Referees: Troy Paterson and Alex Ross. Linesmen: Kevin Keenan and Todd Whittemore.