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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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 61 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 49 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 64 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 56 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 61 6 22 18 28
J. Silfverberg 63 9 18 8 27
C. Fowler 63 5 21 -1 26
R. Rakell 53 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51


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