Into the Fire

Saturday, 04.29.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Into the Fire
CALGARY – For Dustin Penner, the difference between the AHL and NHL playoffs is 3,000 miles.

On Tuesday evening, Dustin Penner had contributed a goal and an assist in the Portland Pirates’ effort to close out the Providence Bruins in their opening round playoff series.  The Pirates were defeated 5-4 in OT and Penner was on his way back to his apartment in Portland when he got a call on his cell phone.

“Coach Kevin Dineen called and said ‘hey Pens do you want to come back and watch video of tonight’s game?’  I said, ‘really?”

Dineen couldn’t keep his joke going long as he broke the news to Penner that he had been called up to Anaheim in time for Thursday’s game four of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

In the AHL this season, Penner was second on the Pirates in scoring with 84 points in only 57 games played. 

After catching a morning flight on Wednesday, the Winkler, Manitoba native played 10:28 Thursday night in Anaheim with three first period shots in the Ducks 3-2 overtime victory.  Penner made his large presence felt early on with a big hit on Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf in the neutral zone.

“In this type of series with big bodies, emotion and earning space on the ice – it never hurts to insert a six-foot-four, 245 pound winger, that can score,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle of his decision to insert Penner into the game four lineup.

Penner, who played 19 games with the Ducks this season netting four goals and three assists, adds more youth to a lineup featuring rookie contributors Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Chris Kunitz and Francois Beauchemin.  

Now the series switches to the Saddledome tied 2-2 tonight and Penner knows he’ll be in hostile territory on the Calgary ice.

 “I played here in the regular season and it was pretty intense,” said Penner.  “I can imagine it will probably be amplified ten times from the regular season from what I’ve watched on TV.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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