Penguins’ Blueger Scores OT Winner For Penguins
Teddy Blueger has already matched his career high in goals, and he couldn’t have picked a better time to score his 21st of the season on Saturday.
The forward’s wrist shot beat Cory Schneider 41 seconds into overtime, sending the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins past the Binghamton Devils, 5-4, at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Joseph Blandisi also scored in his second game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which enters the all-star break on a three-game win streak and at 22-18-4-1.
The turning point
Binghamton entered the game with one of the league’s worst power plays, but it scored twice on the man-advantage to help erase a 4-1 deficit and make the game even early in the third.
However, the Penguins made a kill when they needed to after Jarrett Burton went to the penalty box at 7:14 of the third.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to keep the rest of the period somewhat even and set up Blueger’s big shot past regulation.
■ Adam Johnson had a goal and two assists for his third multipoint game since Jan. 12, earning third-star honors.
■ Blueger had four overtime goals in 2017-18, but he became the third Penguin to win a game in the 3-on-3 period this season. He was the No. 2 star.
■ Blake Pietila led the Devils’ comeback with two goals and an assist, and he was named the game’s top star.
Stat to know
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 8-0 all-time against the Devils since the franchise moved to Binghamton.
The Penguins did give up a three-goal lead, but ultimately tightened up when they needed to and left New York with two crucial points. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton now has the momentum it needs for the final 2½ months of the season with its current win streak.
Ethan Prow also looks to be in peak shape going into the All-Star Classic after scoring a key power play goal on Saturday.
■ The Penguins had the same personnel as they did Wednesday, but with a noticeable variation.
Forward Anthony Angello was moved from the top line in a swap for Sam Miletic, who skated with Blueger and Blandisi.
■ In other Atlantic Division action, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Hershey and Providence all won in regulation. Springfield and Lehigh Valley both suffered regulation losses.
The Penguins enter the break sixth in the division in points with 49.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returns from the all-star break with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop on Friday against the Cleveland Monsters at Mohegan Sun Arena.
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Penguins 2 2 0 1 — 5
Binghamton 0 3 1 0 — 4
First period: Scoring - 1, WBS, Blandisi, 0:46; 2, WBS, Prow (Johnson, Dea), 17:05 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Blandisi, tripping 9:54; WBS, Olund, slashing 13:53; Bing, Jacobs, high-sticking 16:53; Bing, Pietila, high-sticking 17:19.
Second period: Scoring - 3, WBS, Haggerty (Summers, Burton), 2:01; 4, Bing, Schmelzer (Lappin, Gignac), 5:15 (PP); 5, WBS, Johnson (Dea, Summers), 12:15; 6, Bing, Quenneville (Lappin, Pietila), 14:03 (PP); 7, Bing, Pietila (Jacobs, Rooney), 18:03. Penalties - WBS, Erkamps, holding 4:00; WBS, Trotman, cross-checking 13:05.
Third period: Scoring - 8, Bing, Pietila (Quenneville), 2:43. Penalties - WBS, Burton, tripping 7:14; WBS, Blandisi, roughing 13:12; Bing, Gryba, roughing 13:12.
Overtime: Scoring - 9, WBS, Blueger (Johnson), 0:41. Penalties - None.
Shots on goal: WBS 7 11 10 1 - 29; Bing 6 15 8 0 - 29.
Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (25 saves on 29 shots); Bing, Schneider (24 saves on 29 shots).
Power-play opportunities: WBS 1 for 2; Bing 2 for 5.
Referees: Furman South and Corey Syvret. Linesmen: Rob Sauda and Jud Ritter.