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BABY PENS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT; CHRISTENSEN HAS BIG WEEKEND

Monday, 03.13.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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BABY PENS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT; CHRISTENSEN HAS BIG WEEKEND

Erik Christensen had a five-point weekend as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won three straight games and clinched a playoff berth in the American Hockey League

It marks the fourth straight year and the fifth time in seven seasons that the Baby Penguins have qualified for AHL post-season play.

Christensen, who has spent part of the season in Pittsburgh, netted two goals and added an assist Sunday night as the Baby Pens trounced Binghamton, 4-1, to officially clinch a playoff spot. The victory improved their record to 43-16-3-3 for 92 points, good for first place in the East Division and second in the overall league standings.

Petr Taticek, acquired by the Pittsburgh organization last week in the trade that sent Ric Jackman to the Florida Panthers, scored his first goal in a WB/S uniform in the win over Binghamton. Matt Hussey notched the other goal, and Dany Sabourin stopped 35 shots to post the victory in net.

The 92 points ties the WB/S team record for points in a season with 15 games remaining. The 2004-05 club finished with 92 points (39-27-7-7).

On Saturday, the Baby Pens won at Manchester, 2-0, as another newcomer, Krystofer Kolanos, scored his first goal in a WB/S uniform. Kolanos was acquired by Pittsburgh Thursday in the deal that sent Mark Recchi to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jonathan Filewich scored the other goal, and Andy Chiodo turned aside 27 shots for the shutout.

On Friday, Christensen had a goal and an assist as the Baby Pens toppled Albany, 3-1. Filewich and Maxime Talbot scored the other goals and Kolanos picked up an assist, while Chiodo made 32 saves.

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