TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: DAY 2
On Friday, Ryan Whitney did what not other Pittsburgh Penguin has done this preseason - score on a penalty shot.
In the Penguins' annual training camp tournament, all penalties result in a penalty shot. Instead of the guilty party going to the penalty box, he starts from the blue line and chases the shooter, who begins at the red line.
For two days, no Penguin was able to convert in 13 tries - until Whitney scored on the last penalty shot of the day to help lead Team Francis to 5-2 triumph over Team Herbie at Mellon Arena.
Team Francis (2-0) did not trail in the game as Alain Nasreddine roofed a shot over Marc-Andre Fleury's right shoulder with 11:33 left in the first period. Ziggy Palffy and Lasse Pirjeta notched assists.
The score remained 1-0 until Team Herbie (1-1) tied the game with 13:54 to go in the second period. Jonathan Filewich tallied his third goal of the tournament when he poked a Sidney Crosby rebound past Jocelyn Thibault. It ended Thibault's 61:06 shutout streak.
Both sides threatened to score quickly, but Fleury made a nice glove snag of Palffy's high wrister and Thibault used his glove to deny Crosby.
Matt Hussey broke the 1-all tie with 8:43 to play. He skated down the left side and wristed a shot over Fleury's left shoulder that tucked inside the right corner of the crossbar. Nasreddine and Kristopher Letang had assists.
Team Herbie's Drew Fata tied the score at 2-2 nearly three minutes later with a goal off a Tyler Kennedy assist.
Tomas Surovy put Team Francis up for good when he deflected a shot to the right of Fleury. Cam Paddock and Guillaume Lefebvre were credited with assists.
Crosby's slashing infraction set up Whitney for his penalty shot. He beat Fleury to the stick side for a 4-2 advantage.
Surovy capped the scoring with an empty-net goal off a Lefebvre feed.
Thibault earned the win as he saved 21 of 23 shots. Team Herbie's Fleury stopped 32 of 37 shots in the loss.
On Saturday, Team Francis meets Team Badger at 9 a.m., while Team Herbie battles Team E.J. at 111:30 a.m.
Team E.J. 4, Team Badger 2
Rico Fata scored two goals to lift Team E.J. to the victory in Friday's first game.
The game got physical as two fights broke out in the first period. For the second-straight day, Dennis Bonvie got into a scrap as he traded punches with Andre Boy. Both Penguins got in some good shots before they wrestled each other to the ground. Also, Dan Carcillo and Curtiss Patrick rumbled later in the period. Carcillo had the upper hand in the battle.
Nevertheless, Team Badger's Erik Christensen wristed a shot past Andy Chiodo with 11:15 remaining in the period. The 1-0 lead remained until the second period when Team E.J. (1-1) scored three-straight times.
Johannes Salmonsson took Fata's pass and wristed a shot past Sebastien Caron to knot the game at 1. Kurtis McLean, who is at camp on a tryout basis, gave Team E.J. the lead when he deflected a shot past Caron. Fata and Chris Kelleher assisted on the goal.
Fata scored his first when he blasted a shot past Caron at the top of the crease for a 3-1 advantage. Rich Hansen and Salmonsson were credited with the assists.
Konstantin Koltsov sliced Team Badger's deficit to 3-2 with 12:04 remaining when he deflected a shot past Chiodo. Alexandre Rouleau and Steve Poapst earned assists.
Fata sealed the verdict with seconds left on the clock when he fired a shot into an empty net. Salmonsson and Sergei Gonchar were credited with assists.
Chiodo earned the win. He stopped 23 of 35 shots. Caron, who stopped 36 of 39 shots, took the loss for Team Badger (0-2).