St. John's IceCaps (Capitols) take on the Baby Penguins....

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  1. Best-of-seven second-round series begins at Mile One Tuesday night

    IceCaps vs. Penguins. It's a match made for headline writers everywhere. It should be pretty good on the ice as well.

    The second-round Calder Cup playoff series between the St. John's IceCaps and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins starts Tuesday night at Mile One Centre and St. John's head coach Keith McCambridge figures his team is in for at least as tough as test as was presented by the Syracuse Crunch, whom the IceCaps dispatched in the opening round of the post-season.

    "They have a real good balance up front of size, skill and some guys who can move," said McCambridge when asked for his take on the Penguins.

    "They're defence is real big ... it's tough to generate shots through to the net, so that's a challenge we'll face. And they're goaltending is strong, too.

    "It's a very balanced lineup, with a little more size than we saw out of the back end from Syracuse."
    Meanwhile, Wilkes-Barre had been buoyed by the return of defencemen Simon Despres and Brian Strait, who along with forward Eric Tangradi, had been sent down after the parent Pittsburgh Penguins were knocked from the NHL post-season in the first round. [i.e., they're losers]

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  2. Dwight and Mose Schrute say otherwise!

    I wonder how roster selection works for minor league playoffs. Maybe the Pens will send Sid down to get some work in ...
  3. So far the Pens ringers have been controlled.

    Best of Seven Series: IceCaps 1, Penguins 0

    Game 1

    Penguins 1
    IceCaps 3

    First Period
    1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, O’Reilly 4 (Williams, McDonald) 4:42 (pp)
    Penalties — Gagnon StJ (interference) 3:09, Grant WBS (hooking) 7:24, Street WBS (holding stick) 17:08.
    Second Period
    2. St. John’s, Trotter 2 (Machacek, Ramsey) 7:25
    Penalty — DeFazio WBS (high-sticking) 12:06.
    Third Period
    3. St. John’s, Trotter 3 (Postma) 2:27
    4. St. John’s, Murray 1 (Albert, Sawada) 18:06
    Penalties — DeSantis StJ (interference) 4:06, Trotter StJ (delay of game - restricted area) 19:09.
    Shots on goal by
    WB/Scranton 4 8 8 — 20
    St. John’s 20 7 10 — 37
    Goal — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: Thiessen (L,3-3); St. John’s: Pasquale (W,4-1).
    Power plays (goals-chances) — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 1-3; St. John’s: 0-3.
    Referees — Terry Koharski, Mark Lemelin. Linesmen — Jim Vail, Sheldon Keough.
    Attendance — 6,287 at St. John’s
  4. Opposite result tonight: Pens 3 IceCaps 1. Series even and now goes down to Penn.
  5. St. John's wins in overtime!!!...

    Brock Trotter scored both goals for the St. John’s IceCaps, including the game-winner in overtime, to give his team a 2-1 triumph over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

    With the victory, St. John’s took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

    The IceCaps got on the scoreboard first at 12:37 of the opening period as Zach Redmond held the puck in at the Penguins blueline and flung a pass to the far hashmarks that Trotter deflected over the blocker of goaltender Brad Thiessen. #20 Alex Grant had a stick near the puck on the shot and seemed to add to the deflection and the goal.

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owned the secondperiod as they skated on three straight power plays and ended up outshooting St. John’s 11-0 in the period. Only the stellar play of IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale kept the Penguins off the board.

    With 62 seconds left in regulation and skating with the extra attacker, the Penguins would finally find the back of the net. After Colin McDonald’s initial chance in close was turned aside, Eric Tangradi pulled the loose puck off the back wall and tucked it inside the right post. That tied the game at 1-1.

    The two teams would head to overtime where Trotter struck again to end the game at the 10:02 mark. Carl Klingberg led a 2-on-1 rush into the Penguins zone and had his wrist shot denied by Thiessen, but Trotter followed up to bang home the rebound for his fourth goal in this series.

    Thiessen stopped 16 shots of 18 shots in the contest as his postseason record goes to 4-4. Pasquale made 28 saves for his second overtime win of the playoffs.

    The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and St. John’s IceCaps face off on Sunday, May 6 at 4:05 PM for Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.
  6. Looks like sending down all those ringers is NOT helping the Pens. That said, a LOT of overtime going on.

    WILKES BARRE, Pa. -- Ben Maxwell scored 27 seconds into overtime Sunday as the St. John's IceCaps rallied for a 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in American Hockey League playoff action.

    The IceCaps now lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game 5 is Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre.
    Maxwell's winner came on a scramble in front of the Penguins' net. Jason King pushed a rebound into a crowd near the crease and Maxwell put it in for the game-winner.
    "It hit a couple shin pads in there and managed to wind up on my stick and go in," Maxwell said.
    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 2-0 lead in the first period by scoring on its first two shots, but the IceCaps answered back with two in the second.
    "I thought we held our composure when we could have lost focus and gotten frustrated," St. John's coach Keith McCambridge said.
    Colin McDonald connected from the slot at 4:30 of the first for his team-high fifth goal of the playoffs for Wilkes-Barre, before Eric Tangradi converted from close range 2:19 later after taking a pass from Geoff Walker.

    Tangradi assisted McDonald's goal with a pass from the left corner.

    "We've got a great defensive corps," Maxwell said. "We figured if we could shut them out for the rest of the 40 or so minutes, the offence would take care of itself."
    Derek Meech, the league's top scoring defenceman in the playoffs, scored his fourth goal for St. John's on a power play at 4:24 of the second.
    Meech sent a wrist shot from the right point through traffic into the upper left corner of the net.

    Maxime Macenauer tied the game at 16:35 off a cross-ice pass from Paul Postma.

    A scoreless third period sent the teams into overtime for the second time in less than 24 hours and St. John's again came out on top.

    "Wilkes-Barre is a very good team and is playing some strong hockey," McCambridge said. "All of the games have been really strongly contested and expect more of the same."
    IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale needed to make just 14 saves for the win, while Brad Thiessen stopped 26 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
  7. No, they should send Letang, Orpik, and Fluery down so they can re-learn how to play the game of hockey. What an embarrassment. Philly outplayed them and deserved to win the series but those three made so many mental mistakes it made them look flat out silly.

    I'm surprised they have such lenient rules on post-season rosters. Tangradi was pretty much on the regular roster from mid-January forward. I think he only played in two of the games against Philthy, however.
  8. A lot of the local experts are saying that Orpik and Letang were drug down trying to make up for Martin and Michalek's horrible play. The coaches ultimately felt liek they had to split up those pairings because the Martin-Michalek combo was so bad, and it ended up making them all look bad.

    Yeah, but of the names I've seen listed in Newf's updates, the only ones I recognize are Tangradi and Thiessen, and Thiessen was only really up for a cup of coffee ...
  9. Pens stave off elimination in double OT...
    Good night...

    Simon Despres scores in double OT to give hometown Pens 3-2 win

    By Don Power
    Director of Communications​
    WILKES-BARRE, PA. – Defenceman Simon Despres scored at 12:08 of double overtime to keep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Calder Cup hopes alive. The overtime goal gave the Pens a 3-2 win in Game 5 of the series, sending both teams back to St. John’s for Games 6 Friday night at Mile One.
    Despres pounced on a puck in front of IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale – who was outstanding for the club once again. Pasquale felt he got a pad on the first shot, but Despres moved through the crease and slid the game-winner home, to the delight of the 3,506 fans in attendance.
    “I don’t think we came with our best effort tonight, but we had ourselves in the whole game, right to the end,” said Jason King, who opened scoring on a funky play. “We know how we play at home. We’re excited to get back home to our fans.
    “But to come here, and take two out of three, we can’t be disappointed. Squals (Pasquale) kept us in it again, as he’s done all playoffs. We had a chance to win that game. We’re going home now and happy to be back on home ice.”
    “In the third (period) and overtime, I thought the teams were exchanging blows back and forth,” head coach Keith McCambridge said following the exhausting contest. “Give credit to both teams. Wilkes-Barre was really good tonight. We knew they were going to be a desperate team with their season up against the ropes.
    “Overall we did some really good things and gave ourselves a chance to win the game. At the end of the day, they did the same, and they finished it.”
    The Penguins had to fight long and hard for this victory, and outshot the IceCaps 45-29 over the four-and-a-half periods. Facing elimination, the Penguins couldn’t have enjoyed the way the game began.
    King got things started for the IceCaps on a weird goal. With the play in St. John’s zone, King picked up a loose puck along the boards by the hash marks inside the faceoff circle and dumped it gently out of the zone. The puck slid to Pens goalie Brad Thiessen who put his stick down to play it, but whiffed on it and the puck slide between his skates and into the net at 5:21.

  10. Chris Kreider won the NCAA championship with BC in April and is now playing for the Rangers. He scored a couple of key goals in the Ottawa series. Of course, I hate the Rangers, so I hope he fails. But he has a real shot at winning the NCAA title and the Stanley Cup within the span of about three months. Can you imagine a college football player going right from a bowl game into the NFL playoffs? It seems very plausible in basketball, but it's weird in other sports.
  11. Take that, baby Pens...

    St. John's holds on for 3-2 win over Penguins, will face Norfolk beginning Thursday in Virginia

    The St. John's IceCaps have won other one-goal games in these American Hockey League playoffs.

    But not like this one.

    With 6,287 fans on their feet and in full voice — Mile One Centre has never been this loud for a hockey contest — the IceCaps hung on for a 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night in a seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference final.

    With the victory, St. John's moves on to face the AHL regular-season champion Norfolk Admirals in the conference final, beginning Thursday in Norfolk, Va.

    Game 2 will be played in Norfolk next Saturday before the series switches to St. John's for three games on Monday, May 21, Tuesday, May 22 and Saturday, May 26. The lengthy break between Games 4 and 5 is because Mile One is booked for two nights for concerts by Hedley. Should the series go further, Games 6 and 7 would be back in southeastern Virginia on May 29 and 30.

    IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge is counting on the lessons learned in the Penguins series — and particularly Saturday — to serve a purpose against the Admirals.

    "You have to learn to manage pucks. You have to know where you are in games, where the momemntum is and make them come the full lentgh of the ice and work for their chances," said McCambridge.

    "I thought we did a really good job ... at key moments of the game when they started to get momentum to seize things, shut it down and get (the puck) back down in their end."

    But to defend a lead the IceCaps first had to have a lead.

    First star Aaron Gagnon scored twice for St. John's Saturday, including what would stand as the game-winning goal 53 seconds into the third period. Ray Sawada, with a game-opening first-period tally, had the other goal for the IceCaps, who were using their third and final chance to close out the Penguins and the series.

    St. John's had three games-to-one lead, but Wilkes-Barre forced Saturday's ultimate match with a 3-2 double overtime win Tuesday at home and 4-2 victory Friday at Mile One.

    Gagnon's tallies were an example of the IceCaps' resolve on Saturday. Early in the second period, he had been denied by Thiessen stop on a breakaway and again on a 20-foot shot at the end of an odd-man rush. Add those to Gagnon's failure to score on a shorthanded break at a crucial point of Friday's loss and you might have been left with a player neutralized by frustration.

    But the 26-year-old British Columbia native wouldn't succumb.

    "I had so many good chances — breakaways, two-on-ones — I might have started gripping my stick a little too tight, but I kind of let the law of averages take over," said Gagnon, who has five goals, eighth points and a plus-four rating in the playoffs.

    St. John's IceCaps

    "You put enough pucks to the net and sometimes it's the ugly ones that go in."

    Ryan Craig and Colin McDonald scored on Saturday for the Penguins, who found themselves trailing for most of the game. Craig's goal on a breakaway 6:43 into the second tied the score at 1-1, but less than five minutes later, with the IceCaps on a power play, Gagnon put the home side back in front, slipping a shot through crease traffic and past Wilkes-Barre goalie Brad Thiessen.

    Gagnon's second goal came after he skated behind the Penguins net to the left-hand face circle, spun around and wristed a shot past Thiessen, screened effectively by the IceCaps' Ben Maxwell.

    A needless boarding penalty to St. John's centre Patrice Cormier midway through the third led to McDonald's man-advantage marker, but the IceCaps hung on, thanks to some timely saves by Eddie Pasqaule when his team suffered a two-minute case of the giveaways, and a couple of big faceoff wins in the late going, the last one by Maxwell.

    In the final minute, the full house was standing as one roaring chorus.

    "The only thing you can hear is the crowd going and all you can feel is your heart beating," said Gagnon.

    "It's the kind of moment you play for."

    That exhilaration of the victors is balanced by the disappointment of the losers. However, the pride may be equal, no matter which side of the score you fall on.

    "It was a great effort and I'm really proud of the fact we went in and we battled and we went down swinging," said Wilkes-Barre head coach John Hynes. "We really felt we worked for it and fought until the end. We were one goal worse than them."

    Given that assessment, you could pick any of the three St. John's goals as the difference-maker Saturday, but given that Sawada and linemates John Albert and Garth Murray are best known as a gritty, energy-expending shutdown group, Sawada's goal and the overall offensive atttude of the unit in Game 7 might be seen as having provided the IceCaps with an edge.

    "We were pretty upset about being on the ice for the winning goal (Friday) so it was pretty important for us to come out and have a good game. We probably would have been heartbroken if we didn't," said Murray.

    "I saw Alby (Albert) after the game last night. He saw me. We just sat down beside each other and didn't say I word. Some things you just know. Then you go out and do."


    Norfolk is probably the best team in the league. They had a 28 game winning streak earlier in the season.
  12. I guess Ovechkin was free for that one ...

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