Well, that was a joyful dressing room.
There was not a lot of stirring. I’d hoped to talk to a defenseman or two; never saw one in a half hour in the room. Only a couple of guys came by on the way out.
It didn’t look like there was a meeting or anything, but it wasn’t even a typical loss. Brent Thompson might well have torn them a new one considering how ticked off he was in our conversation.
The Penguins are good. They run deep. Jake Guentzel is fun to watch. When David Warsofsky’s dropping three points on you for the first time in three years, there’s a little of what you’re dealing with. But Thompson was upset with the effort overall. (With Stephon Williams the exception; kid robbed the Pens a few times, Danny Kristo in particular.) And circumstances let me play that into a decent enough story, I hope.
Team was supposed to be off tomorrow. It no longer is.
At 13:30ish of the second period, Josh Ho-Sang got credit for his first shot on goal since Nov. 19. I believe the last one was his breakaway goal against Lehigh Valley. Tonight, he’d moments before been denied a breakaway chance by David Warsofsky’s slash from behind. No penalty shot; just a minor. He got two more shots on goal, in fact, tied with Carter Verhaeghe for most among forwards.
Aaron Ness was sent back to Hershey.
Doyle Woody points out that Peter Sivak is on a tear for Alaska. With three points today, he’s moved past another former Sound Tiger, Chad Costello, into the ECHL scoring lead with 36 points, and he’s tops with 20 goals, too.
Veteran ex-Islanders defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron is reportedly signing a PTO with Cleveland.