Saturday, November 13, 2010

AHL Game 13: WBS 2, Worcester 0

Brad made the Sharks look like minnowsBrad Theissen was seeing and saving everything Saturday night, stopping a staggering 38 of 38 shots to get his first shutout of the season and lead the Pens to a 2-0 victory. The Sharks were scrambling like hornets all game long, but Theiss had the the fly swatter in his glove and knocked down shot after shot to keep them off the board.

The Pens were also quite active offensively, and seemed to be 1000x improved from yesterday. Though they managed to get just 2 pucks past Alex Stalock, they had quite a few other opportunities. Special teams can be the backbone of a successful game, and the Pens had their special teams fired up on all cylinders. Ryan Craig got one past Stalock in the closing minute of the 1st while on the man advantage, and this would be a lead that the Pens would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. But it was the PK that really turned up the heat, holding Worcester 0-4 and getting their 2nd tally of the night off a Tim Wallace shorthander midway through the 2nd.

2 goals may not seem like a huge success, but it was enough to get the job done. If Hynes's 2 goalie system has been most effective at anything, it has been ensuring that the starting goaltender is always fresh. It should be interesting to watch, however, whether he will break from that system. Curry, though he hasn't been that bad, has lost his last 2 starts and Theissen is still perfect. That's all I'm going to say on the matter, because I can't make decisions any better than coach Hynes can nor do I want to pretend that I can. Pens next put their perfect road record on the line Tuesday in Albany.

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