Penguins End Devils Seven-Game Winning Streak
WILKES-BARRE, PA — The Albany Devils franchise-record seven-game winning streak came to an end in a 4-0 setback against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The loss was Albany’s first since Nov. 21 — a 5-3 game against the Penguins at Times Union Center.
Regardless of the outcome, the Devils still own one of the top records in the AHL at 16-5-3-0. The Penguins improve on their league-leading mark of 19-5-0-0.
HIGHLIGHTS & GAME NOTES
• Danis came one win short of setting the franchise record for longest winning streak. Only three other goaltenders in team history have won six-straight games: Jeff Frazee (Nov. 21-Dec. 5, 2008), Mike McKenna (Mar. 5-11, 2011), Keith Kinkaid (Oct. 20-Nov. 20, 2013).
• The game was Albany’s first road regulation loss since a 4-2 decision at the Portland Pirates on Oct. 23.
• The Devils were shut out for the first time since Mar. 18 — a 1-0 setback against the Norfolk Admirals at Times Union Center. It was the team’s first scoreless road game since Nov. 22 — a 7-0 loss at the Binghamton Senators.
• Before the game, Altamont, NY native and former A-Devils’ captain Jay Leach was named Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s interim head coach. He took over the duties from Mike Sullivan, who was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the day.
Playing with a 1-0 lead after the first period, the Penguins took control during the middle frame. They scored a pair of goals: Kostopoulos 22 seconds in and Porter at 15:47.
Additionally, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which was outshot, 9-7, in the first period, owned a 14-6 shot advantage during the second.
HOW IT PLAYED OUT
Kevin Porter opened the scoring at 17:01 of the first period, scoring on a two-on-two rush. Dominik Simon made a nifty backhand pass to setup Porter racing down the right side. He beat Danis through the body on a wrist shot.
Kostopoulos added to the lead just 22 ticks after the second period puck drop. He jammed home a Niclas Andersen rebound for his sixth goal of the season.
Before the end of the period, Porter struck again on another play setup by Simon at 15:47.
Wilson concluded the scoring with a point shot while on the power play at 6:32 of the third.
The Devils’ road trip continues with a 6 pm (Eastern) start against the St. John’s IceCaps at MileOne Centre. Fans can follow the action online at ahllive.com or over the air waves at 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.