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Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 2: Syracuse Crunch (WBS leads 1-0)

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinal — Game 2

AHL Game: D2

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: WBS leads 1-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Wilkes-Barre, Kasperi Kapanen scored twice in a span of 1:40 as the Penguins took Game 1 by a score of 5-1. Kapanen was named the first star of the game.

What to watch for: For the Penguins, repetition. For the Crunch, killer instinct. The Penguins can not rest on their laurels and expect the Crunch to lie down and wither away just because they lost last night by four goals. Syracuse needs to come out and take control of the game from the jump if they want to have visions of taking this series back to Syracuse tied at a game a piece.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso / Francis Trempe

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @SyracuseCrunch

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /syracusecrunch

Instagram: wbspenguins / officialsyracusecrunch

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @syrhockey

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For SYR: Dan D’Uva @Dan_DUva

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @Allovimo

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Syracuse: ESPN Radio Central New York

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 3?: Wednesday night in Syracuse at 7.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 1: Syracuse Crunch

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinal — Game 1

AHL Game: D1

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 0-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Season Series: Nov. 9: SYR 4 @ WBS 5 (OT) — Nov. 15: SYR 3 @ WBS 2 — Jan. 10: WBS 3 @ SYR 4 — Mar. 20: WBS 1 @ SYR 2 (OT)

Top four scorers for the Penguins vs. the Crunch: 1. Jayson Megna (4 GP, 4-0-4, even) – 2. Beau Bennett (1 GP, 0-4-4, +1) – 3. Brian Dumoulin (4 GP, 0-4-4, -1) – 4. Andrew Ebbett (2 GP, 1-2-3, +1)

Top four scorers for the Crunch vs. the Penguins: 1. Yanni Gourde (4 GP, 3-2-5, +4) – 2. Jonathan Marchessault (4 GP, 1-4-5, -1) – 3. Nikita Nesterov (2 GP, 0-3-3, +2) – 4. Tanner Richard (4 GP, 2-0-2, +4)

What to watch for: First Period. Could define game and may define series. If the Crunch come out of first ahead by multiple goals, may mean that the Penguins are in for more of a fight than they thought.

Referee(s): Kendrick Nicholson / Dave Lewis

Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @SyracuseCrunch

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /syracusecrunch

Instagram: wbspenguins / officialsyracusecrunch

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @syrhockey

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For SYR: Dan D’Uva @Dan_DUva

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @Allovimo

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Syracuse: ESPN Radio Central New York

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 2?: Saturday night, tomorrow, in Wilkes-Barre at 7:05

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 4/19

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Away Game: 38

AHL Game: 1138

Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 5:05 p.m.

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Lats Game: Last night at home, the Penguins beat the Norfolk Admirals 5-5. Jayson Megna had a hat trick, the first Penguins hat trick at home since Eric Tangradi in 2012. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms were in Hershey last night ad lost 5-1. Brett Hextall scored the only goal for the Phantoms in the loss.

Last Meeting: April 8 in Allentown, the Pens won 3-0. Matt Murray had a 30 save shutout.

Record: For WBS: 44-24-3-4 (95 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For LV: 33-34-7-1 (74 pts., 4th place East Division)

Why you should care: If Matt Murray starts, he has a chance to tie the record for AHL shutouts in a season. If not, it’s a carefree day because the Penguins really don’t have anything to play for with the 4 seed locked up and a date with the Syracuse Crunch already set.

Referee(s): Jon McIsaac / Garrett Rank

Linesmen: Tom George / Ryan Knapp

Twitter: @WBSPenguins and @WBSGameDay / @LVPhantoms

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins / /LehighValleyPhantoms

Instagram: wbspenguins / lehighvalleyphantoms

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie and @TLTomVenesky / @gblockus

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For Lehigh Valley: Bob Rotruck @BobRotruck

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For Lehigh Valley: Fox 1470

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Portland is in Worcester today. A loss by the Pirates gives the Springfield Falcons, who are idle today, the 8 seed. A win by Portland and they are in.

GAMEDAY: vs. Norfolk 4/18

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Home Game: 38

AHL Game: 1138

Who: Norfolk Admirals

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night vs. Albany, the Pens were shutout 4-0. For Norfolk, they hosted Lehigh Valley in their final home game as an AHL franchise and won 4-2. Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist for second star honors.

Last Meeting: January 24 in Norfolk, the Penguins won in overtime 3-2. Tom Kostopoulos scored the game winning goal.

Record: For WBS: 43-24-3-4 (93 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For NOR: 27-38-6-4 (64 pts., 5th place East Division)

Why you should care: Penguins gave up the East Division Championship to Hershey last night but can still clinch home ice in round one with a win and a Syracuse loss. They battle a Norfolk team that will be emotionally drained after playing their final AHL home game in Virginia last night. The Admirals won’t be a pushover though as they will battle to the bitter end in their final game as an AHL franchise.

Referee(s): Jon McIsaac

Linesmen: Leo Boylan / Scott Pomento

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @NorfolkAdmirals
@AdsGameUpdates

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /NorfolkAdmirals

Instagram: wbspenguins / NorfolkAdmirals

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For NOR: Pete Michaud @AdmiralsVoice

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @BeneathTheScope / @ShawnDulin

Radio: For WBS: WILK News Radio / For Norfolk: AM 1650 WHKT

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Fan Appreciation Night, sponsored by McDonald’s / Penguins Jersey Off Their Backs

Other Game to Watch: At this point it’s all about Syracuse, who host Bridgeport tonight.

Remaining Game: @ LV 4/19

GAMEDAY: vs. Albany 4/17

 

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Home Game: 37

AHL Game: 1119

Who: Albany Devils

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Sunday in Portland, the Penguins won 3-1. Andrew Ebbett had a goal and an assist and Jeff Zakoff stopped 29 of 30 shots. For Albany, they hosted Syracuse Wednesday and won 6-2. Newcomer Matt Lorito had a goal and four assists for the Devils in the win.

Last Meeting: December 19 in Wilkes-Barre, the Devils won 4-2. Brandon Burlon had a goal and an assist for first star honors.

Record: For WBS: 43-23-3-4 (93 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For ALB: 35-28-5-6 (81 pts., 4th place Northeast Division)

Why you should care: Expect the best from Albany tonight in a last ditch effort to save their season and make playoffs as an eight seed. On the other hand, expect the same from the already clinched Penguins in a last ditch effort to win the East Division. This should be an excellent game.

Referee(s): Garrett Rank

Linesmen: Francis Trempe / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AlbanyDevils

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /albanydevils

Instagram: wbspenguins / albanydevils

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie and @TLTomVenesky / @Pete_Dougherty and @Bill_Cain_

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For ALB: Josh Heller @Josh_Heller

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @trace_1114

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Albany: 104.5 The Team

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Fan Friday’s with discounted tickets and $2 beers.

Other Game to Watch: Hershey hosts Binghamton. Any loss by the Bears and the Penguins win tonight and it’s Wilkes-Barre in the drivers seat for the Division crown.

Remaining Games: NOR 4/18, @ LV 4/19

GAMEDAY: @ Portland 4/12

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AwayGame: 37

AHL Game: 1093

Who: Portland Pirates

Where: Cross Insurance Arena

When: 3:00 p.m.

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Last Game / Last Meeting: Last night in Portland, the Penguins won 5-2 off of a 40 save performance by Matt Murray and a strong showing by the third line of the Penguins with Tom Kuhnhackl and Carter Rowney both scoring goals.

Record: For WBS: 42-23-3-4 (91 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For POR: 37-26-7-2 (83 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins burn off their game in hand with Hershey today. A win puts them just three back of the Bears with each team having three games remaining.

Referee(s): Tom Chmielewski / Jake Brenk Linesmen: Landon Bathe / Bill McGoldrick Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @portlandpirates

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /PortlandPirates

Instagram: wbspenguins / piratesahl

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @Chris_MHJ

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / POR: Jeff Mannix @JeffMannix

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep 

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Portland: News Talk 1310 WLOB

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Providence host Hartford. The Bruins are hot on the heels of the Penguins for the four seed and the Wolf Pack are hot on the heels of the Syracuse Crunch for the Northeast Division lead.

Remaining Games: ALB 4/17, NOR 4/18, @ LV 4/19

GAMEDAY: @ Portland 4/11

2012_POR

AwayGame: 36

AHL Game: 1082

Who: Portland Pirates

Where: Cross Insurance Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Wednesday in Allentown vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Penguins won 3-0 and punched their ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the thirteenth season in a row. Matt Murray made 30 saves for his AHL leading 12th shutout of the season and Kasperi Kapanen made his AHL debut with a goal and an assist. For Portland, the Pirates were in Manchester last night and lost 3-2 in a shootout. Mike McKenna stopped 29 of 31 for third star honors.

Last Meeting: February 13 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 3-0. Matt Murray had a 23 save shutout.

Record: For WBS: 41-23-3-4 (89 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For POR: 37-25-7-2 (83 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins sewed up the playoff spot Wednesday but they still have work to do if they want to enjoy home ice in the first round of the playoffs in a few weeks. Portland is going to give them a fight because the Pirates are fighting for their playoff lives also.

Referee(s): Darcy Burchell

Linesmen: Jeremy Lovett / Landon Bathe

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @portlandpirates

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /PortlandPirates

Instagram: wbspenguins / piratesahl

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @Chris_MHJ

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / POR: Jeff Mannix @JeffMannix

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep 

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Portland: News Talk 1310 WLOB

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Providence travels to Worcester tonight in a game that has playoff implications for both teams.

Remaining Games: @ POR 4/12, ALB 4/17, NOR 4/18, @ LV 4/19

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