Sens Down Pens In First Game Of Rookie Tournament

May 19, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Members of the Ottawa Senators celebrate the wining goal scored by left wing Colin Greening (14) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second overtime in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Penguins 2-1 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

 

Playing at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators in their first game of the rookie tournament.

According to Michelle Crechiolo of the Pittsburgh Penguins Official Team Website, the Senators scored a goal and a fight occurred all in a span of five minutes to start the game.

Eric Hartzell — who started in net for the Pens — surrendered another goal with 7:19 left in the first, but saw free agent invitee Cody Sylvester stuff in a rebound opportunity off blueliner Scott Harrington’s point shot on the power play to end the period.

Halfway through the second period, still down 2-1, Pittsburgh replaced Hartzell with Tristan Jarry in net — who was the second-round pick in this past draft.

With 3:47 left in the period, Jarry sprawled to try to stop Sens skater Derek Grant, but failed in his attempt as Grant stuffed it in and Ottawa took a 3-1 lead heading into the third.

Allowing another tally for Ottawa early into the third period, the Pens would be unsuccessful in trying to pull closer, as they would fall 4-1.

Pens prospect defensemen Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot — who were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — were the blueliners who worked the point on the power play for the majority of the game.  Harrington was paired with Pouliot for the final attempt.

One note to take from the contest about the defensemen, is that Crechiolo was impressed with how matured their game was.  All were reportedly very calm and poised — specifically in the offensive zone.

Forward Bobby Farnham, who started on the fourth-line for Pittsburgh, also reportedly stood out due to his vexatious play and eagerness to jump into various tussles.

The Pens starting lineup ran as follows:

Forwards

  1. Kuhnackl–Megna–Brace
  2. Sylvester–Nejezchleb–Dea
  3. Simmonds–Rankin–Rowney
  4. Farnham–O’Brien–Marcantuoni

 

Defensemen

  1. Pouliot–Samuelsson
  2. Maatta–Harrington
  3. D’Agostino–Seymour

 

Scratches included forwards Adam Payerl and Dominik Uher, defensemen Brian Dumoulin and Harrison Ruopp, as well as goaltender Matt Murray.

Samuelsson was listed as the captain and Megna served as the alternate.

Game two for the Pens rookies will be against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

Topics: Dan Bylsma, Nhl, Pittsburgh Penguins

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