Last updated: March 30. 2013 10:37PM - 1507 Views
By - tvenesky@timesleader.com

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John Hynes called Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win at Binghamton gutsy.

I’d say that sums it up well.

Facing a talented, tough Binghamton team that is battling for the conference lead, the Penguins came into their building and stood up to their division rival. They banged, went to the hard areas with a purpose, killed off two minutes of a five-on-three and completely dominated the Senators with three straight goals to open the shootout.

The win gives the Penguins five points in the last three games, and the opponent in each was impressive. They faced Binghamton twice and Providence once - both are conference powerhouses fighting for the top playoff spot. The performances - two wins over Binghamton and a shootout loss to Providence, give the Penguins a good idea hwo they stack up against the best heading into the playoffs.

Heck, more important than that it solidifies the Penguins hold on a playoff spot. They now sit in sixth place and are five points ahead of Norfolk who sit on the outside at ninth overall. The Admirals do have a game in hand, but with less than 10 games remaining time is running out.

- Alex Grant wasn’t on the ice for much of the third period, but Hynes said he’s fine after the game.

- The Penguins hit the road for Norfolk to wrap up the season series against the Admirals on Tuesday. With everyone off on Sunday and Monday, it’s a must-win game for the Admirals as the opportunity to make the playoffs is winding down.

- The Penguins will practice Monday at Coal Street and spend the rest of the week on the road at Norfolk and Adirondack on Friday.

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