Into the Fire

Friday, 04.28.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / 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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58


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