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Penguins Hold Off Binghamton For 11th Win

November 18, 2017 GMT

The Binghamton Devils made the most of the eight power-play chances they received on Friday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring three times.

But it still wasn’t enough to keep up with the hottest team in the Eastern Conference.

Adam Johnson and Christian Thomas scored in the third period, giving the Penguins just enough cushion to hold on for a 4-3 win over the Devils at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Golatender Casey DeSmith made 31 saves — including several key stops in the closing minutes — as the Penguins improved to 11-2-0-1 this season.

Turning point

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had failed to draw a power play through the first two periods, but caught a break when Binghamton’s Brian Strait was nabbed for boarding Zach Aston-Reese at the end of the second. The Penguins did not score on the ensuing man-advantage, but they were able to seize momentum for much of the period. That spurt allowed Johnson to score on a bullet one-timer in the slot and Thomas to provide key insurance with his goal through the five-hole of Ken Appleby with around eight minutes remaining.

Three stars

¦ Binghamton’s Jacob MacDonald checked in at No. 3 after he picked up his own rebound and beat DeSmith to cut the Penguins’ lead to one with 4:27 remaining. He also had an assist.

¦ Thomas took No. 2 honors with his goal; it was his fourth of the season and sixth point in his last five games.

¦ Penguins forward Teddy Blueger received top honors for his stellar work around the net. His wraparound attempt set up Thomas Di Pauli’s goal in the first period, and he also set up Johnson’s rocket that gave the Penguins the lead late.

Stat to know

Ryan Haggerty wasted no time staking the Penguins to an early lead, scoring only 12 seconds into the game. That was the quickest first goal by the Penguins this season.

The takeaway

The Penguins continued to show they have a winning formula for the third period, outscoring opponents 18-6 in the final 20 minutes since their opening night loss. They only put 18 total shots on goal in the game, but much like Sunday, they were able to capitalize because their chances were high in quality.

Pens notes

¦ Forward Garrett Wilson was not in the lineup. According to a tweet from radio broadcaster Mike O’Brien, he was in Ontario tending to a family matter.

¦ Defenseman Lukas Bengtsson was back in the lineup after missing Sunday’s game. Fellow blueliner Andrey Pedan began serving his three-game suspension on Friday.

Up next

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will provide the appetizer to your Thanksgiving feast when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Penguins 2 0 2 — 4 Binghamton 1 1 1 — 3 First period: Scoring - 1, WBS, Haggerty (Aston-Reese, Czuczman), 0:12; 2, Bing, Gignac (MacDonald, Bastian), 11:58 (PP); 3, WBS, Di Pauli (Blueger), 19:42. Penalties - WBS, Aston-Reese, high-sticking 10:39; WBS, Aston-Reese, hooking 15:23.

Second period: Scoring - 4, Bing, Kearns (Blandisi, Loov), 17:43 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Prow, tripping 8:11; WBS, Trotman, slashing 11:19; WBS, Aston-Reese, delay of game 17:04; Bing, Strait, boarding 20:00.

Third period: Scoring - 5, WBS, Johnson (Blueger, Summers), 9:55; 6, WBS, Thomas (Smith, Simon), 12:08; 7, Bing, MacDonald (Blandisi, Loov), 15:33 (PP). Penalties - Bing, Loov, hooking 4:42; WBS, Sprong, tripping 12:28; WBS, Sprong, delay of game 14:30; WBS, Tinordi, fighting 14:30; Bing, Baddock, instigating, fighting and 10-minute misconduct, 14:30; WBS, Summers, high-sticking 14:38; WBS, Thomas, tripping 16:21.

Shots on goal: WBS 4 6 8 - 18; Bing 13 6 15 - 34.

Goaltenders: WBS, DeSmith (31 saves on 34 shots); Bing, Appleby (14 saves on 18 shots).

Power-play opportunities: WBS 0 for 2; Bing 3 for 8.

Referees: Terry Koharski and Michael Sheehan. Linesmen: Matt Brady and J.P. Waleski.