Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series Game Three Preview: Pens vs. BSens

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tonight, the series shifts home as the Penguins host the Binghamton Senators in Game Three, leading the best-of-five series 2-0 and looking to advance to the second round. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Sunday night in Game Two, the Penguins scored a timely goal with 1.6 seconds left in 2nd period to take a 3-1 lead. Much like in Game One, The BSens battled back in the third but were only able to come within one goal, dropping the game 3-2 and putting their season on the ropes.

I'll have in-game updates every step of the way tonight on Twitter: @H_P_Hockey.

Here's some thoughts I gathered at practice this week from some of the guys on the team about their mindset heading into tonight's game.

Brian Dumoulin:
"We're level-headed. We need to stick to what we do and just focus on ourselves."
Philip Samuelsson:
"When you're trying to end someone's season, you know they're not going to just give it to you. We're not going to sit back. We are going to go out and really attack the game."
Chad Kolarik stating the series isn't over yet:
"They've played really well both games, we've just been lucky enough to come out on top" Kolarik said. "The series is a lot closer than the 2-0 suggests. "I think the start is huge in our building," Kolarik added. "Get our crowd into and see what happens."
Brian Gibbons spoke about finishing the BSens and not allowing them to get any momentum:
"I think when you get a chance to close a team out, you want to close them out," Gibbons said. "If they get one game then they build off that momentum, kind of like Hershey did last year. We definitely don't want to put ourselves in that situation."
Warren Peters' words of wisdom:
"Stay with it, just keep the nose to the grindstone. They're going to be a desperate hockey club and that's what we expect. We don't expect the level of the games to be any different than they have been."
Expected starters in net and lineups after the jump.

Leading Scorers Penguins: Chad Kolarik (2G,0A), Trevor Smith (0G,2A), Brian Gibbons (1G,1A)
Binghamton: Chris Wideman (1G,2A), Mark Stone (1G,1A), Shane Prince (1G,0A)

Expected Lineups

Starting goaltenders: WBS - Jeff Zatkoff (2-0-0, 1.87 GAA, .945 SV%, 0 SO) vs. BNG Nathan Lawson (0-2-0, 2.86 GAA, .895 SV%, 0 SO)

For the Penguins:

Riley Holzapfel - Trevor Smith - Chad Kolarik
Chris Collins - Brian Gibbons - Paul Thompson
Derek Nesbitt - Warren Peters - Adam Payerl
Bobby Farnham - Zach Sill - Jayson Megna

Dylan Reese - Brian Dumoulin
Joey Mormina - Philip Samuelsson
Alex Grant - Reid McNeill

Scratches: Tom Kuhnhackl, Scott Darling, Cody Wild, Chris Barton, Christiaan Minella, Dominik Uher, Phil Dupuis, Anton Zlobin, Harrison Ruopp and Matia Marcantuoni.

For the Senators:
Matt Puempel - Stephane Da Costa - Mark Stone
Cole Schneider - Derek Grant - David Dziurzynski
Shane Prince - Pat Cannone - Hugh Jessiman
Corey Cowick - Wacey Hamilton - Buddy Robinson

Mark Borowiecki - Cody Ceci
Brett Lebda - Fredrik Claesson
Tyler Eckford - Chris Wideman

Scratches: Michael Sdao, Daniel New, Andre Petersson, Jack Downing, Darren Kramer, Brad Peltz, Dustin Gazley, Jakub Culek and Ben Blood.


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