Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Stay Connected Blackhawks Facebook Blackhawks on Twitter Blackhawks on Foursquare Instagram Blackhawks Pinterest Blackhawks on YouTube Blackhawks Apps Blackhawks Blog Blackhawks Web Browser Blackhawks Newsletter Blackhawks Mobile
mb financial News

Pirates Steal One From Admirals

Saturday, 03.25.2006 / 11:30 PM / News
Share with your Friends

Pirates Steal One From Admirals

Despite scoring three power play goals and leading for most of the game, the Admirals fell 5-3 on Saturday night after four unanswered goals by Portland.

Portland controlled the first period territorially. However, it was Norfolk who struck first with a bang-bang play on a man-advantage. Shawn Thornton sent the puck from the point to Michael Blunden to the right of Portland goalie Nathan Marsters. Blunden sent a one-touch pass to Matt Keith in the slot, and Keith finished the play by one-timing it past Marsters at 14:35. Zenon Konopka tied the game with another power play one-timer at 19:18. The teams skated to the locker rooms deadlocked at one goal apiece after the opening frame.

Two power play markers early in the second stanza gave the Admirals a two-goal lead. Quintin Laing sent a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle just inside the near-side post at 1:21. Just under four minutes later, Carl Corazzini blasted a Pavel Vorobiev pass past Marsters at 5:20. However, with seven seconds left in the period, Ryan Shannon beat Corey Crawford with a short side shot to pull Portland to within a goal with a period left to play.

Portland took over the game in the final frame. A turnover in the Admirals' end led to a breakaway for Shannon, and the center scored his second goal of the night to tie the game at 3:42. Simon Ferguson gave the visitors their first lead of the night at 6:24. Geoff Peters rounded out scoring with an unassisted goal at 11:27, as Portland won 5-3.

Corey Crawford was saddled with the loss and stopped 39 of 44 shots. Nathan Marsters made 20 saves on 23 shots and got the win.

The Admirals were 3-9 on the power play. Portland was 1-6.

Three Stars:
1. Ryan Shannon - POR
2. Zenon Konopka - POR
3. Quintin Laing - NOR