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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 5/14/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #31
W-B/Scranton Returns Home in Second Round Series versus Bruins
Penguins host game Game 3 on Wed; Game 4 on Fri

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
                                                                          
Game 1 - Friday, May 10 – Penguins 5 vs. BRUINS 8
The two-best defensive teams in the AHL this season put on an impressive display of offense as the Providence Bruins claimed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal with a 8-5 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. 
 
Chad Kolarik opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period with the second successful penalty shot conversion in Penguins playoff history, but Ryan Spooner would even the match with 1:06 left in the frame. 
 
The game was tied, 2-2, early in the second stanza before the Bruins ripped off three goals in a span of 3:15 to take a commanding lead.  Down by a score of 6-3 with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within one on goals tallied 48 seconds apart by Chris Collins and Paul Thompson.  Already with three assists on the night, Chris Bourque put Providence back ahead by two with an insurance marker with 1:05 remaining in the contest. 
 
Thompson led all Penguins scorers with a goal and two assists.  Brian Gibbons and Collins each tallied a goal and assist.   
 
Game 2 - Friday, May 11 – Penguins 2 vs. BRUINS 4
Providence’s four-goal outburst in the first period was the difference as the Bruins held serve on home ice with a 5-2 victory against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 
 
It was the Penguins breaking the scoreless tie once again when Warren Peters found the back of the net with a shorthanded tally at 4:40 mark of the first period.  The Bruins responded with aplomb as Jamie Tardif led the charge with two power play goals and two assists before the period came to a close. 
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to cut the Bruins’ lead down to two at 14:47 of the second when Brian Gibbons potted his second man-advantage goal of the playoffs.  The Penguins outshot Providence by a 19-5 margin in the final period of regulation, but would be unable to get another puck past goaltender Niklas Svedberg. 
 
Brad Thiessen stopped all 16 shots he faced for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over two periods of relief. 

UPCOMING GAMES
 
Game 3 (Home Game B) - Wednesday, May 15, 7:05PM – PENGUINS vs. Bruins – 102.3 the Mountain
Game 4 (Home Game C) - Friday, May 17 7:05PM – PENGUINS vs. Bruins – 102.3 the Mountain
*Game 5 (Home Game D) - Saturday, May 18, 7:05PM – PENGUINS vs. Bruins – 102.3 the Mountain
*Game 6 – Monday, May 20, 7:05PM – Penguins at BRUINS – 102.3 the Mountain
* - if necessary
 
This series marks the first meeting between the Penguins and Bruins in Calder Cup playoff history.  This is Providence’s first postseason appearance since 2009 when they lost to the Hershey Bears in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinal.  The Bruins took home the Calder Cup in 1999 and have an all-time playoff record of 75-75.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 78-74 in the postseason. 
 

PENGUINS PLAYOFF LEADERS as of 5/14/13…

PLAYER GP G A PTS
Paul Thompson 5 3 2 5
Brian Gibbons 5 2 3 5
Three players tied with 4 points 3 1 2 3
 
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Brad Thiessen 2 1-0 0 1.22 .946
Jeff Zatkoff 4 2-2 0 4.62 .858
 
ICE CHIPS…
- After converting at 15.1% on the man-advantage during the regular season, the Penguins’ power play is clicking at 26.9% in the postseason (7-for-26). 
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s combined all-time record in Games 1 and 2 is 23-33.  The team is 55-39 in Games 3 through 7.       
- By virtue of his 19-save win over Binghamton on May 2 in Game 3 and a perfect two periods of relief on Saturday in Providence, goalie Brad Thiessen has the lowest goals against average this postseason at 1.52.     
- The Penguins are the only team in the AHL to have reached at least the second round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. 
 
KIDS TIX JUST $7 FOR GAMES 4 & 5…
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have joined forces with our friends at Eyewitness News (WBRE/WYOU) and the Citizens’ Voice for a fantastic playoff offer for next weekend’s games.
 
The Penguins host the Providence Bruins on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 (if necessary), and are offering kids tickets (ages 14 and under) for just $7.  Kids tickets are based on availability in the Club Seat and Blue Zone sections, and must be accompanied by the purchase of an adult ticket (maximum of two kids tickets purchased with each adult ticket).  Adult tickets in these sections are priced at $27 and $15 respectively. 
 
Tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-PENS (7367).
 
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