THE PENS PIPELINE NOTEBOOK

May 11, 2016

GAME SIX vs. WASHINGTON

There were 11 one-time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who dressed for Game Six between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

o   Eight of those players suited up for Pittsburgh.

§  Olli Maatta (D) made his pro debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, appearing in three games with the club during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.

§  Brian Dumoulin (D) spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with WBS, recording 78 points (15+63) in 188 regular season games.

§  Ben Lovejoy (D) spent three seasons (2007-10) with WBS, recording 80 points (18+62) in 213 regular season games.  He represented Wilkes-Barre at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.

§  Bryan Rust (RW) made his pro debut with WBS in the 2013-14 season, and has appeared in 63 regular season games with the AHL squad, posting 33 points (16+17).

§  Tom Kuhnhackl (RW) appeared in 154 regular season games with WBS in parts of four seasons (2012-16), and recorded 59 points (29+30) in that time.

§  Conor Sheary (LW) has suited up in 90 regular season games with WBS, posting 81 points (27+54).  He also posted 23 points (11+12) in 23 Calder Cup Playoff contests during the 2014 and 2015 postseasons, leading the team with 12 points (5+7) in eight playoff appearances last.

§  Kris Letang (D) recorded seven points (1+6) in 10 regular season contests with WBS in the 2007-08 season, and appeared in one postseason game with the AHL club that year, picking up one assist.

§  Marc-Andre Fleury (G) appeared in 71 regular season games with WBS in parts of three seasons (2004-2006; 2007-08), posting a 39-23-4 record with five shutouts.

§  Matt Murray (G) posted a 45-19-4 regular season record in 72 appearances with WBS from 2013-16.  Murray was named to the AHL’s first All-Star Team in 2014-15, won the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the league’s rookie of the year, the Aldege “Baz” Bastien award as the league’s top goalie, and combined with Jeff Zatkoff to win the Harry “Hap” Holmes award for allowing the fewest goals in the league.  Murray led the AHL with a 1.58 GAA, a .941 sae percentage and 12 shutouts in his rookie year.  He set the AHL record for longest shutout streak (304:11) from Feb. 8 to March 8, 2015, and was twice named the league’s goaltender of the month.

o   Two former WBS skaters pulled on Washington sweaters in Game Six:

§  Taylor Chorney (D) recorded 19 points (4+15) in 62 games with WBS in 2014-15 and led the club with a plus-26 rating.

§  Brooks Orpik (D) appeared in 152 games with WBS from 2001-04, recording 38 points (6+32) and 206 penalty minutes.

PITTSBURGH PLAYOFFS

Through the first two rounds, 12 one-time WBS players have suited up for at least one postseason game with Pittsburgh.

o   Kris Letang (D) – Leads Pens defensemen in scoring with eight points (1+7) while appearing in 10 games.

o   Tom Kuhnhackl (RW) – made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 13, recording the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers.  Has five points (2+3) in 11 games.

o   Conor Sheary (LW) – Recorded an assist in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 13 against the Rangers, and has five points (2+3) in 11 games.

o   Brian Dumoulin (D) – Has four assists in 11 games.

o   Bryan Rust (RW) – Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 16 against the Rangers.  Posted three points (2+1) in Game Five vs. New York.

o   Ben Lovejoy (D) – Has two points (1+1) in 11 postseason games.

o   Olli Maatta (D) – Has one assist in eight postseason contests.

o   Derrick Pouiliot (D) – Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on May 2 vs. Washington.

o   Oskar Sundqvist (D) – Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 13 vs. the Rangers.

o   Matt Murray (G) – Made 16 saves in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 19 against the Rangers, and recorded his first NHL postseason win.  Made 31 saves to post his first playoff shutout on April 21 vs. New York.  Has seven wins in nine playoff appearances.

o   Jeff Zatkoff (G) – Made 35 saves in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 13 vs. the Rangers and recorded his first NHL postseason win.

o   Marc-Andre Fleury (G) – Has appeared in 98 career playoff games with Pittsburgh, capturing the Stanley Cup in 2009.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the Hershey Bears in Game Six of the Atlantic Division Final on Friday, May 13 at 7:05pm.  It’s another Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with lower bowl seating available for just $14. Penguins fans can get their tickets through the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-PENS.
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