The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins did not "get to their game" tonight.
It took entirely too long to establish their physical brand of hockey in terms of getting pucks deep, forechecking and finishing their checks.
The usually reliable Robert Bortuzzo coughed up two pucks in the second period that would lead to two goals.
The second one, the eventual game winner, came off the stick of former WB/S Pen Marc-Antoine Pouliot.
Keven Veilleux got the lone Pens goal with just three minutes left to play, but it was a little too late.
Ryan Craig hit a post and Bryan Lerg got his shot blocked in front of a wide open cage.
The Pens couldn't beat Dustin Tokarski otherwise. Tampa Bay's number one prospect stepped up big time in this one.
Tonight's opening loss to the Admirals makes tomorrow night's game 2 even bigger.
I'm considering it a must-win situation.
With the weird AHL playoff scheduling, games 3, 4, and 5 are on the road in Norfolk.
Whoever takes game 2, could possibly take the series.
Norfolk leads the series 1-0.