ATLANTIC CITY – Jayson Megna first saw the nifty toe-drag move from Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk a few years ago.
Megna has spent years working on the move in practice. On Sunday, he used it to win a game.
Megna's spectacular goal lifted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins over the host Albany Devils 5-4 in a shootout at historic Boardwalk Hall. The Penguins have won three in a row and nine of their last 11.
A right-handed shot, Megna came in on goal and faked a wrist shot to the right side. When goalie Keith Kinkaid went down, Megna pulled the puck back and lifted it into the top-center part of the goal.
It's a move that I started doing in juniors and it's my favorite move, Megna said. I saw Pavel Datsyuk do it and I started messing around with it in practice and then started using it a couple years ago.
It's just one of those things that you see on TV or you see it online and you try it out on the rink and you've just got to practice it. It's hard.
Tom Kuhnhackl had two goals and one assist in regulation for the Penguins. Brian Gibbons added one goal and two assists. Trevor Smith also scored.
Megna's goal came in the fifth round of the shootout. Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen stopped all five shots he faced in the shootout.
They've got some pretty skilled forwards on their team, so I was trying to be patient and let them make the move and kind of react off that, Thiessen said.
Albany features star forward Adam Henrique, who was runner-up for the Calder Trophy last year as the NHL's top rookie. Curiously, Henrique did not take part in the shootout. He said afterward that penalty shots are not his specialty.
It's a strength for Megna, though, and he was able to keep the Penguins (11-7-0) hot. They trail first-place Syracuse by four points in the East Division.
It was important for us to be able to try to get a win today, just being the fact that we've had a pretty good stretch here, and we wanted to be able to keep it going, not just winning but playing good hockey, Penguins coach John Hynes said.
Albany (4-7-5) got goals from Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Bobby Butler and Mattias Tedenby.
The Devils were playing their third game in as many days, all at different sites. It was their first of four home games at Boardwalk Hall this season.
Three in three is not an excuse, and we've just got to be smarter, Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. We weren't smart at all this weekend in all three games. Defensively, we gave up three goals (Sunday) that started behind our net. You just can't do that.
The announced attendance was just 2,803 in a building that sold out one night earlier for Operation Hat Trick, a charity game with NHL superstars to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. That game drew 10,792.
But there were several Penguins jerseys scattered in the mostly red-clad crowd Sunday.
Lorraine Healey, 68, of Laflin, Pa., made the 3 1/2-hour trip by bus with the Penguins' booster club.
I love it, Healey said. I love to come to a lot of trips away.
Bill Androckitis, 49, of Mountain Top, Pa., drove to the game with his 23-year-old son, Tony, a sports blogger who has been to every Penguins game this season.
We're trying to keep the streak going, Androckitis said.
The Penguins have a streak of their own to keep going. But first, they planned to spend Sunday night in Atlantic City.
We'll probably keep it quiet, Megna said. A few casual (activities), but it won't be anything too crazy, I think.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wins 1-0 in fifth round of shootout.
First period-ALB Tedenby (Parse, Urbom), 9:32; WBS Kuhnhackl (Gibbons, Samuelsson), 12:53; WBS Gibbons (Kuhnhackl, Megna); ALB Butler power play (Whitney, Larsson), 16:45; WBS Smith (Reese, Ferriero), 19:59.
Second period-ALB Henrique (Corrente, Butler), 13:16.
Third period-ALB Josefson short-handed (unassisted), 10:22; Kuhnhackl (Megna, Gibbons), 12:06.