It was close but no cigar for the Albany Devils in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, as they fell to the Penguins in a wild shootout loss 5-4. The valiant effort gave the Devils their first point of the season against the league’s top team. However it was also the first post-regulation loss for Albany this year.
Jumping out first were the Devils on Nick Palmieri’s sixth goal of the season. After the Pens bounced back, the Devils re-gained the advantage on Rob Davidson’s first marker on the season from Vladimir Zharkov and Stephen Gionta. Following Davidson’s goal the Pens were able to send the game to the locker room knotted at 2-2.
During the second a power-play goal by Michael Swift, his third in the last three and ninth of the year from Adam Henrique and Chad Wiseman, was sandwiched by two Wilkes-Barre goals and the Pens were up 4-3 going into the third frame.
Mid-way through the third Dan Kelly found the back of the net for his first of 2010 from Darcy Zajac and the game was squared at 4-4 into OT.
Ultimately the game came down to a shootout where Chad Wiseman was the lone scorer for Albany and after missing their initial shot the Pens got three straight from Nick Johnson, Keven Veileux and Brett Sterling to seal the deal.
Albany’s record now stands at 12-17-0-1 (25 points), one behind the Syracuse Crunch for sixth in the East Division.