Someone in the AHL has finally figured out the Springfield goalkeeper.
But even Felix Robert’s effective score in the second period and 51 shots on goal were not enough to give the Penguins a win in the playoff series against the Thunderbirds.
Charlie Lindgren became the hero for host T-Birds, finishing 50 saves, giving Springfield a 4-1 victory over Wilkes-Barre / Scranton 4-1 on Wednesday night in the first game of the Atlantic Division semifinals.
The T-Birds will get a chance to capture the series of the top five when the two teams go back on the ice for Game 2 on Thursday night.
The first step for the Penguins will be to find a way to solve Lindgren, who teamed up with Joel Hofer to complete the regular season with an incredible combined series of results in 232 minutes 55 seconds.
The home of Zohorn of Wilkes-Barre / Scranton was the last player to score against Springfield last month. The series finally ended with a score of 262: 25 when Robert drove up to the fold and sent Pierre-Olivier Joseph, who punched Lindgren to level 1-1 in the middle of the second, answering the first period marker from Will Bitten.
Springfield, seeded No. 2 in the division, took less than four minutes to respond when Klim Costin beat Penguins goalkeeper Tommy Napier and put the T-Birds ahead forever.
Leading Springfield scorer Sam Anas made it 3-1 at 8:28 of the third period, and Dakota Joshua set up an empty net to secure the win.
The Penguins will have to hope that their constant pressure will lead to more goals, as they managed to make 17 shots in each period and kept the lead 51-27. Springfield had just four hits in the third.
Nappier finished with 23 saves at a loss.