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Saturday, February 11

Penguins come up short.

Penguins center Maxime Talbot (21) takes a late slash at Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi as he is hounded by two Bears defensemen. (Credit: KDP Photography)

That was a very frustrating game to watch. That about sums up the 1-0 loss that the Hershey Bears handed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Nothing seemed to go right for the Penguins, who had absolutely no offensive spark. The defense was stellar, but it wasn't enough to cover up a blundered breakout attempt when Tomas Fleischmann picked up the puck at the blue line and deked Dany Sabourin out of his pads to put the Bears up by a goal, which was a lead they would never relinquish.

Fleischmann was even quoted as saying that he thought the play would have been whistled for an offsides call. Either way, the Penguins couldn't get anything together to try and compete. Whatever wind was in the Penguins sails was taken away late in the first period when Ryan Stone was ejected for boarding Hershey's Mark Wotton. The Penguins couldn't stay out of penalty trouble after that and never got going. The only bright spot was the penalty killing, which killed off 5 Hershey power plays, including a few two-man advantages. Dany Sabourin had 21 saves in the loss for the Penguins.


  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scratched D - Drew Fata (healthy), LW - Daniel Carcillo (knee), D - David Koci (knee), C - Ben Eaves (knee), and D - Chris Kelleher (abdomin)
  • Hershey's Colin Forbes served as captain with Boyd Kane in Washington
  • The Penguins letter-men were Alain Nasreddine (C), Dennis Bonvie (A), and Guillame Lefevbre (A)
  • Hershey only played with 16 skaters after Matt Reid, recently called up from South Carolina of the ECHL, was ruled ineligible to play. He played in Europe earlier this year, and failed to return for the AHL's December cutoff date.
  • Tonight's referee for the game against Albany is Jamie Koharski, while Binghamton will see Harry Dumas for the first time since the 'sardine' game, where he put six Senators in the box at one time.

Thursday, February 9

Help is on the way.

A few notes after last night's loss to Philadelphia:

  • D - Drew Fata has reportedly left Wheeling after the Nailers game last night en route to Wilkes-Barre. They need to beef up for this weekend's games with Hershey and Albany. Noah Welch is also rumored to be going to Pittsburgh after Sergei Gonchar suffered an injury. That is still up in the air.
  • Maxime Talbot, Guillame Lefevbre, Ryan Stone, Stephen Dixon, and Jonathan Filewich have been stellar lately, and the team will look to them to provide some spark.
  • G - Dany Sabourin will get the start in both weekend games, according to the plan right now.

Wednesday, February 8

NHL referees for tonight's games.

Some NHL guys getting some AHL work tonight:
  • PENGUINS vs. PHANTOMS in Philly: Dan Marouelli (6), Referee, Dave Brown (55), Linesman, Scott Pomento (25), Linesman
  • BEARS vs. ADMIRALS in Hershey: Don VanMassenhoven (21), Referee, Bob Goodman (90), Linesman, Jason Finley (6), Linesman
  • PIRATES vs. SENATORS in Binghamton: Paul Devorski (10), Referee, John Everett (82), Linesman,Andy Petrus (26), Linesman

Tuesday, February 7

Gambling ring implications.

Former Penguins forward and current Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach, Rick Tocchet.

Here's an interesting story:

From what I gather, a sports gambling ring was busted in New Jersey, with a State Police colonel and former NHL star Rick Tocchet at the helm. This is going to be developing, and I've heard such names as Mark Recchi and Jeremy Roenick mentioned as well. Your guess is as good as mine.

Monday, February 6

Pens split weekend games.

Penguins' forward Arpad Mihaly (24) skates away from the Rochester net during Saturday's game. (Credit: KDP Photography)

I've been away all weekend, but I have a chance to make a few quick notes after this weekend's games:

  • Guillame Lefevbre has been reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and will join the team on Monday morning.
  • Daniel Carcillo's knee injury is serious. All signs point to torn ACL, which is the same thing that has sidelined fellow Penguins David Koci and Ben Eaves. After getting a second opinion from the Pittsburgh doctors, we'll know more.
  • Chris Kelleher's targeted return date from sports hernia surgery is late March, just in time for the playoff stretch.
  • Harry Dumas struggled on Friday night, but was not a factor on Saturday, which is how it should be. He seems to have a keen dislike for Dennis Bonvie, also. A misconduct for Dennis is almost certain every time Dumas is the referee.

Wednesday, February 1

Skills Competition, etc.

Portland Pirates forward Ryan Shannon takes a backhanded shot at goaltender Dany Sabourin at last night's AHL All Star Skills Competition.

  • Goaltender Dany Sabourin had a nice showing at the AHL All Star Skills Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba last night. He had one save on three shots in the Pass and Score contest, stopped six of ten in the Rapid Fire contest, and stopped four of six in the breakaway relay.
  • Noah Welch, the rookie defenseman out of Harvard University had 2 goals on 5 shots against teammate Dany Sabourin in the Rapid Fire contest. He also finished second in the Hardest Shot competition, with a slapshot of 95 mph. Noah also scored a goal in the breakaway relay against Sabourin.
  • Kurtis MacLean spent the last two days in Wheeling working out with the Nailers during the All-Star break. He'll return to the team for practice on Thursday night.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins play the New York Rangers tonight at 7pm where coach Michel Therrien is expected to dress seven defensemen, including Eric Cairns, in order to add some toughness to the lineup. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start in net.
  • Finally, a quote from Therrien about losing Rico Fata to Atlanta on waivers: β€œI went to Wilkes-Barre on Friday night and Saturday [after the Rangers game] to watch the team. I really liked the way he played and that was the reason why we called him up,” Therrien said. β€œHe got better since he had been sent down the first time. His confidence was back and I like the way that he played. I was anticipating putting him in the lineup. He got picked up to Atlanta and I wish him the best.”