Newcomers Daoust and Gove Give Pens 5-3 win
WILKES-BARRE, PA - Jean-Michel Daoust signed a tryout contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins more than two weeks ago. But, due to a six-game road trip during the past two weeks, the Wachovia Arena crowd didn't get its first glimpse of the diminutive scorer until Friday night.
They liked what they saw.
Daoust showed off some nifty moves, picked up two points (1+1) and helped the Penguins to a 5-3 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in front of a crowd of 7,557.
The win raised the Pens' record to 27-16-0-2 (56 points, second in the East Division), while the Sound Tigers saw their winning streak snapped at three games and fell to 23-23-1-0 (47 points sixth in the East Division).
While this was the first time Daoust took to the ice in Wilkes-Barre, it wasn't his first visit to Casey Plaza.
"I came here two years ago [to visit former junior teammate Max Talbot], and the crowd was awesome at that time," he said. "It's still awesome right now. I was pretty happy to play here."
Daoust's second goal as a Penguin came with the score knotted at 1-1 early in the second period. He took a feed from Kurtis McLean and flicked a shot from the slot at 4:22.
"That line was very good. It seems like Kurtis McLean and Daoust had some chemistry before," said head coach Todd Richards, who also introduced new Penguin Dave Gove to the line. "Daoust's goal was a great goal, a give and go with McLean, then a great shot by Jean-Michel. Then the other goal, Gove's goal, was just a great play."
The Gove goal came with the Penguins holding on to a 3-2 lead midway through the game. The former Albany River Rat hit Daoust with a centering pass, then trailed as the shifty forward plucked from the ECHL slipped the puck through a Tigers' legs and danced around the defender. He then hit Gove with a cross-crease pass that the new arrival tapped in with a backhand to seal the game.
"I saw [Daoust] behind me and I was able to get the puck to him and go to the net. He made a great play getting it back to me," said Gove, hardly hiding his joy. "It was like scoring my first pro goal, I was very excited."
"We had some great individual plays tonight - big shifts at critical times in the game," said Richards. "Guys made the plays and were able to finish. That was the difference in the game."
Chris Minard opened the scoring with his team-leading 19th goal of the season toward the end of the first period, before Ben Walter tied the game 2:59 into the second period. Jeff Tambellini picked up his 27th of the season shortly after Daoust's tally, but Tim Brent responded quickly, going short side and into the upper corner on goaltender Mike Morrison.
Tim Wallace stretched the Pens lead to 5-2 late in the second, banging home a Kyle Rank pass from behind the net.
Tambellini finished off the night with his second of the game with six minutes to play.
Morrison stopped 30 shots in the loss while John Curry picked up his 10th win of the season with a 24 save performance.
The Penguins return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they will take on the Norfolk Admirals at the Wachovia Arena at 3:05pm.
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from February 1, 2008
- Bulldogs edge Moose 2-1 in SO - Manitoba Moose
- O'Reilly leads Milwaukee past Wolves - Milwaukee Admirals
- Houston drops 4-3 SO to Quad City - Houston Aeros
- Monsters halt Rampage - Cleveland Monsters
- IceHogs Clip Rivermen in Shootout 2-1 - Peoria Rivermen
- Stars Shut Out Griffins - Iowa Chops
- Rampage drop 2-1 decision at Lake Erie - San Antonio Rampage
- Phantoms Top Sharks - Adirondack Phantoms
- Milroy leads comeback in 'Dogs SO win - Hamilton Bulldogs
- Griffins stopped by Stars, 3-0 - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Crawford wins the goaltending battle in Peoria - Rockford IceHogs
- Newcomers Daoust and Gove Give Pens 5-3 win - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- Win moves Monarchs into 4th place - Manchester Monarchs
- Admirals run point streak to five games with win over Senators - Norfolk Admirals
- Penguins beat Tigers, 5-3 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- River Rats storm past Syracuse 5-2 - Albany River Rats
- Late flurry goes for naught as Sharks fall to Phantoms, 3-2 - Worcester Sharks
- Rivermen Host Hogs Tonight - Peoria Rivermen
- Tickets still available for the Bears game this Saturday - Hershey Bears
- Admirals Team up with Stans to Collect Shoes February 10th - Milwaukee Admirals
- Dallman Comes To Manchester For Conditioning - Manchester Monarchs
- Pascal Pelletier Returns to P-Bruins - Providence Bruins
- Monarchs' Boyle named Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month - AHL
- Monarchs' Taylor named Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month - AHL
- Flames' Stevenson named CCM/AHL Player of the Month - AHL
- Falcons To Host Open Forum February 9 - Springfield Falcons
- Amerks Host Toronto Tonight - Rochester Americans
- Hobson And Brodeur Sent To Pensacola - Rockford IceHogs
- Post All-Star Break Begins For Rockford - Rockford IceHogs
- AHL Quick Hits - AHL
- Syracuse President and CEO Howard Dolgon Makes Friendly Super Bowl XLII Wager with Springfield - Syracuse Crunch
- Aeros host Quad City tonight at Toyota Center - Houston Aeros
- B-Sens Sign Right Wing Kevin Saurette - Binghamton Senators
- Springfield Hockey Hall Of Fame Returns - Springfield Falcons
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.