Ok, not those Bruins... and not those Pens... The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (#7 in the East) fell to the Providence Bruins (#1 in the East/tied for #1 in the AHL) 3-2 in an overtime shutout.
Normally, that wouldn't be big news to Pittsburgh Penguins fans, but two of our regular roster players that just got sent down to the AHL helped play important roles in the near victory.
Robert Bortuzzo, in the 2nd game of his 3-game Conditioning stint with the Baby Pens, continues to play the shut-down role paired with Philip Samuelsson. By some strange coincidence, they both had the same exact stat lines, 0 points, even +/-, 2 shots, and 2 penalty minutes. They might not have had any splashy impressive numbers, but that's what you expect to see from shut-down D. They played an important role in the perfect 7-for-7 PK and helped keep the score as low as it was. Bortuzzo is currently tied with Joey Mormina for a +4, the 2nd highest +/- on WBS. (Samuelsson is #1 with an amazing +10)
Beau Bennett played in his first game since being reassigned to WBS to make room for the newly acquired Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. Bennett played on the 2nd line with Brian Gibbons and Paul Thompson (they didn't want to break up the top scoring line of Riley Holzapfel, Trevor Smith, and Chad Kolarik). Bennett was also a member of the top PP unit along with the aforementioned top scoring trio as well as Dylan Reese.
Bennett had 1 Assist on the night, 3 shots on goal, and was a -2 for the evening, being present for all 4 goals scored in regulation. The 2 WBS goals were scored on the PP (which went 2 for 5), and Bennett was integral to both goals scored. For the first goal Bennett was in front of the net screening the goaltender and very nearly deflected the puck into the net. And his assist game on the 2nd PP goal. Both of the goals were scored by Reese, who also had the distinction of being the only other player on the ice for all 4 goals. Bennett's Assist puts him back in the #4 spot for scoring on WBS, passing up Thompson who had caught up to him while Bennett was in Pittsburgh.