Nilsson puts up points in Penguins debut
photo by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Robert Nilsson wasted little time in getting to Wilkes-Barre after learning the Edmonton Oilers had assigned him to the AHL squad. In fact, he was pulled over on I-84 for speeding on his way to Northeastern Pennsylvania from Bridgeport.
Nilsson was also fast to make an impact in his first game with the Penguins, picking up three assists as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 3-2 win against the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday night.
"It was awesome," said Nilsson, who didnt meet his new teammates until about 4:45 in the afternoon. "It was a lot of fun. Theres a lot of great players, and we think alike. Its fun, its a winning team, and I havent been on that for a while now."
He made sure his first game with his new club would be a victorious outing. Nilsson looked right at home playing on a line with Rob Schremp and Jonathan Filewich, the two players who accounted for all three Penguins goals on the night.
Schremp scored twice in the first 11 minutes of the game – his first two-goal game in the AHL - to give the Penguins a nice early lead. Filewich redirected a Nilsson pass across the slot during a second period power play for what turned out to be his third game-winner of the year.
"[Schremps] a skilled guy. It seems like we know what were doing with the puck," said Nilsson. "If I get it to him, he knows where to go, and when to get it back. It was a lot of fun to play with him and Filewich on the power play."
Schremp may be the player who benefited from the acquisition of Nilsson the most. He picked up a season-best three points (2+1) in the game, and missed several chances to score only because Jeff Glass was quick enough to toe a shot away.
But the two new linemates seem to be kindred spirits – both fantastically talented players with the puck with a high level of skill.
"He can stickhandle in a phone booth basically. His hands are unreal," said Schremp. "We go to the same places on the ice, we know where each other is going to be."
Corey Pecker was credited with both Binghamton goals, including an inconsequential tally with just 45 seconds to play.
Andrew Penner picked up the win for the Penguins, stopping 23 shots on the night for his second consecutive victory against the Senators.
The win was also the third against the Senators in the past five days for the Penguins, and extended the Pens uneaten streak to 3-0-0-1 in the past four games.
Next up for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a date with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team Nilsson just left this morning.
"Its going to be kind of weird, but I think Ill get through," he said about facing his old team.