ROWNEY REVS UP PITTSBURGH IN GAME FIVE

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There was a lot to like about the performance the Pittsburgh Penguins put on Sunday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.  But perhaps the most impressive group on the day was the trio of Nick Bonino, Bryan Rust and Carter Rowney.

The team’s so-called third line accounted for seven points (1+6) in the Pens’ 7-0 drubbing of the Sens, giving the defending Stanley Cup champs a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final.

Rust made his mark last spring, when his speed and energy helped spur the Penguins on to their fourth NHL championship.  And Rowney, playing in his first postseason at this  level, has contributed by bringing puck control and possession to the line.

But until Sunday, Rowney had yet to chip in on the scoresheet.

That changed in a big way, though.

The former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward picked up three assists in the game, earning first star honors for his performance.

“It was a matter of time [before getting a point],” Rowney said from the media riser after the game.  “I kind of felt like if you keep doing the right things out there, hopefully some chances will capitalize and you will get your opportunities.”

PENS CONNECTIONS

Rowney, Chad Ruhwedel, Jake Guentzel and Josh Archibald all appeared in games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year before taking part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Twelve of the 25 players to see game action in the 2017 postseason with Pittsburgh have appeared in at least one game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


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WBS GRADS HAVING IMPACTS ON PITTSBURGH POSTSEASON

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest for back-to-back Stanley Cups this Saturday night, when they host the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals.  And like last year, the Pens progress has been led by players with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pedigrees.

Lets start at the top – as in the top goal scorer.  Jake Guentzel, who began the season in NEPA, has rattled off an NHL-best nine goals in his first 12 playoff games.  Included in his performance was a postseason hat trick in Game Three against the Columbus Blue Jackets and a total of three game-winning goals.  One of those was the OT winner to cap the hat trick agains Columbus.

Guentzel has posted 14 points so far, which is good for fourth in NHL.  His most recent point –  an assist on Bryan Rust’s goal in Game Seven against the Washington Capitals – broke Pittsburgh’s record for rookie scoring in a postseason.  That mark was formerly held by Jaromir Jagr, who needed 24 games to hit that mark in 1991.

Speaking of Rust, he continues to show clutch play in the biggest games.  Rust recorded both goals in a 2-1, Game Seven win against the Tampa Bay Lightning last season to get the Pens to the Stanley Cup Finals, and followed that up by notching the series clinching against the Caps earlier this week.

Rust has five goals in 12 games this postseason, including a pair of game-winners. Three of his 11 career playoff goals have been GWGs.

On the other end of the rink, Marc-Andre Fleury has been the saving grace, posting an 8-4 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .927 save percentage.  He turned aside 29 shots in the finale against Washington, giving him nine shutouts in his Pittsburgh playoff career.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner is Pittsburgh’s all-time playoff leader among goalies in games (112), starts (110) and wins (61).

Six other skaters who saw regular play with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have also suited up in the 2017 playoffs for Pittsburgh, including Conor Shear (11gp, 0-3-3), Tom Kuhnhackl (11gm, 1-1-2), Scott Wilson (8gp, 1-1-2), Brian Dumoulin (12gp, 0-2-2), Carter Rowney (7gp, 0-0-0) and Chad Ruhwedel (2gp, 0-0-0).  Both Rowney and Ruhwedel spent time in NEPA this season, and made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts this year.

Pittsburgh and Ottawa will face off at PPG Arena on Saturday at 7:00pm and Monday at 8:00pm.  The series moves to Ottawa for Games Three (Wednesday) and Four (Friday).  Both of those contests are scheduled for 8:00pm starts.


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PITTSBURGH RECALLS ARCHIBALD, SUNDQVIST

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Josh Archibald and Oskar Sundqvistfrom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Archibald, 24, dressed for all five postseason contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year, scoring a pair of goals. During the regular season, Archibald had career highs with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points in 61 AHL contests.

At the NHL level this year, Archibald appeared in 10 games, scoring three goals. His first two goals came in his first NHL game of the season on Feb. 11 in Arizona, with his second tally that night a shorthanded marker.

Sundqvist, 23, also split his season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh. During the regular season, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time, and added 26 assists and 46 points in 63 games with the AHL Penguins. Sundqvist also skated in 10 regular-season games for Pittsburgh this year.

Last year, Sundqvist played in two NHL playoff games with Pittsburgh, and 18 regular-season contests, tallying four points (1G-3A) in those appearances.

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WILSON, SUNDQVIST BRING NHL POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE


Garrett Wilson and Oskar Sundqvist were key components of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins success this season.  Wilson recorded 31 points, the second-highest total in his six-year career, while being limited to just 59 games due to injury.  Sundqvist finished third on the team in both goals (20) and points (46), despite spending significant stretches in Pittsburgh.

The duo has more than 380 regular season AHL contests between them, but just a total of four Calder Cup playoff games.

But don’t let that lack of postseason experience scare you.

Wilson’s lone taste of the AHL playoffs came in 2015 as a member of the San Antonio Rampage, who dropped three straight games to the Oklahoma City Barons.

“We had a good team that year,” said Wilson, whose third-seeded Rampage squad was vanquished by the six-place Barons in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  “It didn’t really end up the way we thought we were going to.”

While his time chasing the Calder Cup has been short so far, Wilson did see an extended playoff stay while helping the Owen Sound Attack to the Ontario Hockey League championship in 2011.  He also gained additional experience by appearing in six games with the Florida Panthers during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I have playoff experience, and I know how much it ramps up and how intense it gets,” said Wilson. “It’s really exciting and I’m really ready to go for it this year.”

Wilson took a lot away from his time with the Panthers last season, and he believes that could prove beneficial this spring.

“Just how much each shift really counts, every hit, every shot on net.  It’s really magnified.  Everything is important in the series and it all takes it toll,” he said.   “Seeing some of the guys there, the older guys like [Roberto] Luongo and [Jaromir] Jagr, they’ve been there before and [I saw] how much they actually wanted it.  To win a championship is really special, and I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win one.”

Like Wilson, Sundqvist spent last season on an NHL roster during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He suited up for two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and spent the entire run to the championship with the team.

And while the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every hockey player, Sundqvist is excited to get a bigger taste of postseason play.

“It’s going to be really fun, and I think this team can do something special,” he said.  “I’m real excited to get to play playoff hockey again.”

Sundqvist quadrupled his goal output from his rookie season (from five goals to 20 this year), and saw more than a handful of highlight reel tallies.  But he knows that once you get into the playoffs, things start to tighten up quite a bit.

“In the playoffs it’s not about nice goals.  You need to get those goals around the crease and bang a rebound in or something like that,” he stated.  “That’s what most of the goals are going to look like in this series.”

And he has no doubts that the Penguins will be prepared once the puck drops in Game One on Friday night.

“We’re as ready as we can be.  It’s going to be a fun series against Providence.”

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.

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