Warren Peters: "Backs Are Against The Wall Still, One More Game"

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The 2013 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are just the fourth team in the 76-year history of the American Hockey League to force a Game Seven after trailing three games to none in a best-of-seven series.

Of those four, the first two teams (1960 Rochester and 1989 Adirondack) went on to win Game Seven. The 2011 Hamilton Bulldogs, however, lost their Game Seven to the Houston Aeros. Current Penguins assistant captain Warren Peters was an assistant captain on that 2011 Aeros team that survived the scare from Hamilton two years ago.

Peters recalled some of the events from that 2011 Hamilton-Houston series last Thursday, the day before Friday's WBS Penguins vs. Bruins Game Four. Keep in mind, Peters was on the Houston team that led the series 3-0 before having a teammate score a goal with 1:13 left in Game Seven to avoid the comeback. This year he's on the other side of things.

"They got a lot better; Their level went up," Peters said of the 2011 Hamilton team he faced while with Houston."They did what they had to to hang around and made it interesting. The pressure mounted for us for sure."

So what did that Hamilton team do to force a Game Seven? The same thing the Penguins have done in Games 4 through 6: tighten up defensively, limit the other team's chances and play to win.

Peters is hoping to learn from that experience and turn it into a history-making comeback in 2013.

"Everybody has pressure to win. I think it's probably a pretty even slate. It's a one-game showdown. It's hockey," Peters said. "It'll be exciting. Get ready for it."

I'll save Peters' thoughts as well as some from Trevor Smith and Brad Thiessen on tonight's Game Seven for the usual pregame preview post. I'll have the Penguins expected lines, updates etc. leading up to the drop of the puck at 7:05 p.m. EDT and continue with our usual in-game updates on Twitter. I'll also have a full recap of the game with thoughts and analysis up on the site post-game as well.

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