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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 5/21/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #32
W-B/Scranton Comes Back to Even Series with Providence
Down 3-0 in Semifinal series, Penguins force Game 7 on Wednesday

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
                                                                          
Game 3 - Wednesday, May 15 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bruins 2 (OT)
The Bruins took a commanding 3-0 series lead after Carter Camper scored in overtime to lift Providence to a 2-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 
 
Jordan Knight would break the scoreless tie 3:04 into the second period, putting Providence ahead, 1-0.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the match midway through the same period on Trevor Smith’s first marker of the postseason. 
 
Camper netted the deciding goal for the Bruins just 31 seconds into the extra session.  Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg turned aside 32-of-33 shots for Providence. 
 
Game 4 - Friday, May 17 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bruins 1
A three-goal outburst in the second period helped the Penguins skate to a 3-1 victory over Providence and stay alive in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. 
 
With his team trailing 1-0 going into the second, Warren Peters potted his third goal this postseason to pull Wilkes-Barre/Scranton even at 6:25.  Late in the same period, the Penguins built a 3-1 cushion on goals scored 1:47 apart.  Riley Holzapfel put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead for good with 3:50 left until the intermission and Chad Kolarik quickly followed with a 5-on-4 tally.   
 
Joey Mormina assisted on all three Penguins goals.  Brad Thiessen won his third in a row with 31 saves.
 
Game 5 - Saturday, May 18 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Bruins 0
Brad Thiessen stopped all 30 shots he faced and Brian Dumoulin recorded a three-point night as the Penguins forced the series back to Providence with a 4-0 win. 
 
Dumoulin would provide the only goal necessary for the Penguins, converting on the power play at 10:22 of the first.  Less than six minutes later, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck again during a two-man advantage as Trevor Smith made the score 2-0 in favor of the home team. 
 
In a penalty-filled third period that featured 76 minutes worth of infractions, the Penguins doubled their lead on Adam Payerl’s first professional playoff goal and a 5-on-3 tally by Paul Thompson. 
 
Game 6 - Monday, May 20 – Penguins 2 vs. BRUINS 1 (OT)
Brad Thiessen made 46 saves and Trevor Smith scored the overtime game-winner as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton triumphed, 2-1, to force a decisive Game 7. 
 
After a scoreless first, Craig Cunningham gave Providence a 1-0 lead 1:07 into the second.  The Penguins were able to counter at 6:03, seconds after a two-man advantage expired, as Brian Dumoulin tallied his second goal of the postseason. 
 
The Bruins would outshoot the Penguins, 33-5, over the final two periods of regulation – including a 20-2 advantage in the third.  Smith’s marker in OT was his third of the Calder Cup playoffs. 
 
UPCOMING GAMES
 
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 22, 7:05PM – Penguins at BRUINS – 102.3 the Mountain
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 86-78.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 81-75 in the postseason.  The Penguins are 4-2 in Game 7s, while Providence is 3-1. 
 
PENGUINS PLAYOFF LEADERS as of 5/21/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Trevor Smith 9 3 6 9
Chad Kolarik 9 4 3 7
Brian Gibbons 9 3 4 7
Riley Holzapfel 9 3 4 7
Three players tied with 6 points        
 
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Brad Thiessen 6 4-1 1 1.05 .964
Jeff Zatkoff 4 2-2 0 4.62 .858
 
ICE CHIPS…
- Brad Thiessen’s Game 5 shutout was the third of his postseason career.  He is one short of the all-time record held by Andy Chiodo. 
- Thiessen’s 46 saves on Monday were the most by a Penguins goaltender in the playoffs since Nolan Schaefer made 50 in an overtime loss to Hershey on May 4, 2007.       
- Thiessen leads all AHL goaltenders in the playoffs with a 1.05 goals against average and a .964 save percentage.        
- Brian Dumoulin (2g-4a) and Joey Mormina (0g-6a) are tied for first among defenseman this postseason with six points each.  Dumoulin leads all blueliners with four power play points (2g-2a), while Mormina ranks first in assists (6).
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the top power play unit in the Calder Cup Playoffs at 25.5% (12-for-47).
- The Penguins are a perfect 14-for-14 on the penalty kill over the last four contests. 
 
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