Friday, May 09, 2008

Phantoms knocked out of AHL playoffs

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins secured a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, by defeating the Philadelphia Phantoms by a score of 3-1 at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. With the win, the Penguins claimed the East Division playoff crown in five games over their intrastate rivals.

The Penguins will take on the Portland Pirates, who posted a 5-4 win in Providence on Friday night to upset the Bruins in the Atlantic Division Final, four games to two. Providence posted the top regular season record in the American Hockey League this season, while Portland finished third in the Atlantic Division.

The series, which will follow a 2-3-2 format, will open in Wilkes-Barre with Games One and Two slated for Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15.

This will be the first time the Penguins have advanced to the third round of the Calder Cup Playoffs since the 2004 postseason, when the team defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack in seven games to advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

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