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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 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28


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