It was Hanukkah night at the Times Union Center and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins put on their own festival of lights against the Albany Devils. The baby Pens put the rubber to the mesh five times, including three on the power-play, in a 5-1 rout of the Devs.
In the first Dustin Jeffery lit the menorah for the Pens on the power-play for his tenth goal on the season, past Dave Caruso for the 1-0 advantage.
But the Albany would strike back not five minutes later when Patrick Davis wrapped around the net and the puck found the stick of Michael Swift, which in turn found the back of the net for his fourth past John Curry to square matters at 1-1. The assist for Davis was his “Devils franchise” (between Lowell and Albany) record breaking 111th point. If one wants to get really technical the record for points by a player for a Devils affiliate is Steve Brule, who compiled 369 points with the Albany River Rats from 1995-2000. But a solid accomplishment for Davis nonetheless.
Later in the first it was Jeffery again with an almost automatic power-play goal past Caruso for his eleventh and a 2-1 Pens advantage. With Olivier Magnan, Mark Fayne, Matthew Corrente all down in New Jersey, it’s no shocker this club just can’t seem to clear the puck short-handed, especially with a team like Wilkes-Barre Scranton and all their fire power.
So after a fairly even first, the wheels fell off in the second for the Devils. The Penguins netted two early from Brett Sterling (his eighth) and Tim Wallace (his eighth), the latter of which ultimately chased Caruso for Jeff Frazee. Yet by that time it was pretty much out of reach and the Pens tacked on another (you guessed it) power-play goal by Robert Bortuzzo (his second) to make it 5-1. It was such an ugly period that the Devils didn’t register a shot until there was about 7:25 left in the period.
On a positive note Devils defenseman Harry Young had two very impressive scraps in the first and third periods which brought the home crowd to its feet.
The Devils now drop to 9-12-0-0 on the season and will lace ’em up again Friday night at home against the Hershey Bears.