One goal was all the offense the Penguins would need to get past the defending Calder Cup Champions. Netminder Dany Sabourin stopped all 20 shots he faced to lead the Pens to a 1-0 victory over the Phantoms in front of a sell out crowd at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.
The shutout for Sabourin was his third of the season, moving him into a tie for second in the league in that category. His Phantom counterpart, Rejean Beauchemin had a solid game of his own, making 31 saves in the loss.
The lone goal of the game was scored by Kenny Corupe, his fifth of the season, with 6:17 remaining in the third period.
With the win the Penguins (29-3-2-1, 61 pts.) extend their winning streak to six games and their lead in the East division to nine points. The Phantoms (14-21-0-3, 31 pts.) remain in last in the East division.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
Hartford scored five unanswered goals in a 5-1 victory over Manchester, and moved into second place in the Atlantic division… Roookie netminder Kelly Guard stopped all 44 shots he faced to earn his third shut out of the season in Binghamton’s 4-0 win over Hershey… Mark Hartigan had two goals and an assist, as well as the final goal of the shootout to lead Syracuse to a 5-4 shootout victory over Springfield… Dieter Kochan made 29 saves and earned his first shutout of the season as Portland beat Providence 6-0… Norfolk bounced back with a 6-1 win over Lowell after taking a 9-2 beating from the Lock Monsters on Friday… Jiri Hudler scored a goal in Grand Rapids 5-2 win over San Antonio, and now leads the league in scoring with 51 points… Milwaukee goaltender Pekka Renne stopped 31 of 32 shots to lead the Admirals to a 3-1 victory over Omaha… Junior Lessard had five points (2g, 3a) for Iowa, leading the Stars to a 5-1 win over Chicago… Hamilton’s Yann Danis made 32 saves in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 win over Manitoba… Toronto beat Rochester 4-1 to take 4th place in the North divison from the Amerks… Josh Hennessy and Steve Bernier each had a pair of goals for Cleveland, on their way to a 5-2 win over visiting Peoria