Goaltender Brian Foster made 43 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a series-clinching 2-1 road win against the Florida Everblades in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Monday. Wheeling won the series, 4-2.
Forwards Shane Bakker and Ty Loney scored the Nailers’ goals.
Wheeling will play either the Manchester Monarchs or Toledo Walleye in the semifinal round.
Two goals, including one in overtime, and two assists by center Jake Guentzel gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a series-clinching 5-4 road win against the Providence Bruins in Game 3 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the series, 3-0.
Defenseman Tim Erixon had a goal and two assists for the Penguins while right winger Daniel Sprong added a goal and an assist. Center Dominik Simon scored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s other goal by while goaltender Casey DeSmith made 59 saves in the victory.
The Penguins will face either the Hershey Bears or Portland Pirates in the division final.
Two goals by forward Riley Brace led the Wheeling Nailers to a 4-3 home win against the Florida Everblades in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Wheeling leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
Defenseman Mathew Maione netted a goal and two assists for the Nailers while forward Ty Loney added a goal and an assist. Goaltender Brian Foster made 26 saves in the victory.
Game 5 will be played Monday at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
A quick look at the Penguins’ 6-3 victory against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series Saturday at Consol Energy Center:
*** The victory moved the Penguins into Round 2 of the playoffs, where they will face the survivor of the Washington-Philadelphia series. The Capitals have a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 in Philadelphia Sunday.
*** The Penguins earned their victory with a dominating performance during the second period, when they ran off unanswered goals by Bryan Rust, Matt Cullen and Conor Sheary. “We just played our game,” right winger Phil Kessel said. “We used our speed. The little things. And we got rewarded.”
*** The victory was the Penguins’ first in a playoff series since they defeated Columbus in six games during Round 1 in 2014. The Rangers had ended their season each of the past two springs.
*** Penguins goalie Matt Murray stopped 38 of 41 shots to earn his third victory in the series.
*** The Penguins had lost two of the previous three series in which they held a 3-1 lead, so closing out this one quickly was a real priority. “We certainly didn’t want to have to go back to New York for Game 6,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
*** Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, widely viewed as the key to New York’s chances of staging an upset, stopped only eight of 12 shots during second period and was replaced by backup Antti Raanta for the second game in a row.
*** The Penguins’ power play was 1-2 and finished the series 8-for-21, while the penalty-kill allowed just its second goal of the series. The power play was a huge difference-maker in all of the games,” Sullivan said. “So was the penalty-kill.”
*** This is the second time the Penguins have won a series at Consol Energy Center. The other was a Round 2 meeting with Ottawa in 2013.
*** Only seven players in the Penguins’ lineup dressed for Game 5 against New York last year, and none of them scored a goal. Right winger Patric Hornqvist, comparing this team to the 2015 edition: “We were not good enough last year We’re a way better team this year.”
*** Ten of the 12 Penguins forwards who played in Game 5 scored at least one goal in the series.
*** Rust’s two goals were the first of his playoff career.
*** Kessel had three goals and three assists in the series.
*** Carl Hagelin scored the Penguins’ first goal, his first in the series against his former team.
*** Sidney Crosby had two assists, giving him eight points in the series. That tied him, at least temporarily, for the top spot in the league scoring race.
*** Evgeni Malkin had at least one assist in each of the final four games in the series.
*** Nick Bonino had five assists in the series.
*** The Penguins are 32-32 when they have an opportunity to close out a series, and this is just the second time in the past 10 tries that they were able to do it at home.
Forward John McCarron had two goals and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers who beat the Florida Everblades, 5-4, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The best-of-seven series is tied, 2-2.
Forward Riley Brace netted a goal and two assists for Wheeling while forward Zack Torquato added two assists. Goaltender Brian Foster made 25 saves in the victory.
Game 5 will be played Saturday at Wheeling, 7:35 p.m.
Two goals, including one in overtime, by right winger Daniel Sprong gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 home win against the Providence Bruins in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.
Left winger Kael Mouillierat had two assists for the Penguins while defenseman Tim Erixon and right winger Tom Kostopoulos also scored goals for the Penguins. Goaltender Casey DeSmith made 30 saves in the victory.
Game 3 will be played in Providence Saturday, 7:05 p.m.