Billy Joel once sang that, “home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike.” After being out-scored 14-5 this weekend the Albany Devils have to be thrilled to be getting back on it and out of dodge. After having won a season high four straight and looking the best and healthiest they had since October, that streak now seems like it happened last October with the Devils having dropped three in a row while being out-scored 17-5 in that rut.
They found themselves in Wilkes-Barre Scranton where they had last taken the Penguins to a shootout before eventually falling. Given the Penguins 4-2 loss the previous night to the lowly Adirondack Phantoms, the Devils had to think they at least had a sliver of hope headed into this one. Instead the Penguins weren’t messing around.
Albany got the bookend goals in this one from Patrick Davis (his third) and Adam Henrique (his 12th), the only problem was the six Wilkes-Barre goals in-between. Mike McKenna was pelted with 45 shots and made 39 saves in the 6-2 loss.
Brett Sterling had two goals for the Pens, Nick Johnson a goal and a helper and the other marker came off the stick of Geoff Walker.
The Penguins now have 68 points on the season while the Devils remain stuck on 37.