PENGUINS – BRUINS PLAYOFF PRIMER


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins are no strangers to one another.  The teams, who will face off in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the fourth time in the past five seasons starting on Friday night, matched up six times during the 2016-17 regular season.  Here’s a quick look back at the season series between the Atlantic Division foes in our Playoff Primer.


NOVEMBER 6, 2016
Dunkin Donuts Center
PENGUINS 5 – Bruins 4

The Penguins lone shootout win of the season.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton never trailed in the contest, holding leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2.  But Peter Cehlarik scored with less than two minutes left in the third, and Wayne Simpson tied the score early in the third to force extra time.  Garrett Wilson tallied in the fourth round of the shootout, the only shootout goal by either team.  Tristan Jarry made 38 saves in regulation and overtime, and another four in the shootout.


NOVEMBER 12, 2016
Mohegan Sun Arena
PENGUINS 3 – Bruins 1

J.S. Dea, Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Guentzel scored for the home team, while Casey DeSmith stopped 28 of 29 shots for the win – the lone blemish coming on the power play courtesy of Danton Heinen.


DECEMBER 30, 2016
Mohegan Sun Arena
BRUINS 5 – Penguins 2

Providence jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes of play and never looked back, scoring three consecutive goals in the second period to take the win in Wilkes-Barre.  Josh Archibald and Oskar Sundqvist tallied for the Penguins.  Casey DeSmith took the loss for the Pens, stopping 17 of 22 shots in 40 minutes of play.


FEBRUARY 19, 2017
Dunkin Donuts Center
BRUINS 3 – Penguins 2

A see-saw battle ended when Jordan Szwarz notched his 13th goal of the season at the 15:56 mark of the third period.  Dominik Simon and Derrick Pouliot scored for the Pens, and Tom Kostopoulos had two assists.  Tristan Jarry stopped 32 shots in defeat.


MARCH 11, 2017
Mohegan Sun Arena
PENGUINS 3 – Bruins 2

Dominik Simon scored 31 seconds into the game, and the Pens scored three times in the first 11 minutes of the first period to chase Zane McIntyre from the Bruins’ net.  Josh Archibald (1+1) and Barry Goers (0+2) had multiple points in the game.  Jarrett Burton’s fourth goal of the season was the game-winner.  Tristan Jarry stopped 26 shots for the win.


APRIL 9, 2017
Dunkin Donuts Center
PENGUINS 2 – Bruins 1

Cody Wydo netted his first AHL goal and Jarrett Burton tallied his second game-winner in the season series against the Bruins.  Casey DeSmith stopped 33 shots for the victory.


REGULAR SEASON COMPARISON

 PENGUINS  BRUINS
 Record:  51-20-3-2 (107 points)  42-33-6-4 (96 points)
 Home Record:  27-9-0-2  23-12-2-1
 Road Record:  24-11-3-0  20-11-4-3
 Goals For:  247  229
 Goals Against:  170  188
 Power Play (Overall):  55/307 – 17.9%  53/277 – 19.1%
 Power Play (Home):  30/160 – 18.8%  25/148 – 16.9%
 Power Play (Road):  25/147 – 17.0%  28/129 – 21.7%
 Penalty Kill (Overall):  273/314 – 86.9%  242/280 – 86.4%
 Penalty Kill (Home):  138/158 – 87.3%  109/130 – 83.8%
 Penalty Kill (Road):  135/156 – 86.5%  133/150 – 88.7%
 Leading After First  26-1-1-0  25-1-3-0
 Tied After First  14-9-0-1  12-7-1-2
 Trailing After First  11-10-2-1  6-15-2-2
 Leading After Second  39-0-1-0  33-1-3-1
 Tied After Second  6-2-0-1  8-4-1-0
 Trailing After Second  6-18-2-1  2-18-2-3
 Goals Leader  Tom Kostopoulos – 24  Jordan Szwarz – 22
 Assists Leader  Kevin Porter – 35  Wayne Simpson – 33
 Points Leader  Tom Kostopoulos – 54  Jordan Szwarz – 54
 PIM Leader  Tom Sestito – 121  Tyler Randell – 81
 Plus-Minues Leader  David Warsofsky – Plus-30   Wayne Simpson – Plus-22
 Wins Leader  Tristan Jarry – 28  Zane McIntyre – 21
 GAA Leader  Casey DeSmith – 2.01  Zane McIntyre – 2.03

REGULAR SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD

PENGUINS BRUINS
 GOALS:  Oskar Sundqvist – 3  Danton Heinen – 3
 ASSISTS:  Tom Kostopoulos – 4  Alex Grant – 5
 POINTS:  Tom Kostopoulos – 5  Danton Heinen – 6
 PIM:  Patrick McGrath – 22  Tyler Randell – 14
 PLUS/MINUS:  Derrick Pouliot & Garrett Wilson – Plus-3  Ben Marshall & Matt Grzelcyk – Plus-2
 WINS:  Casey DeSmith & Tristan Jarry – 2  Zane McIntyre – 2

The Penguins and Bruins begin their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series this Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and the teams face off in Game Two in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

The series switches to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Game Three are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367, or online at TicketMaster.com.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.