When Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Peter Mannino gave up four first-period goals to the Providence Bruins in Game 1 on Friday night, head coach John Hynes never thought about pulling his netminder.
While Mannino has had stellar numbers for just about all of his regular season and playoff starts, Hynes has seen Mannino in a similar situation as Game 1, and he’s seen how the veteran goaltender responds.
“He doesn’t let the circumstances control his mindset or play,” Hynes said. “He’s been through those scenarios before and he just doesn’t get flustered.”
After Providence scoured four times in the first period of Game 1, Mannino has allowed just one goal in five periods since, including a Game 2 win. He had a similar response in the regular season in Binghamton on April 18, when the Senators scored five goals in the first 16 minutes and then Mannino held them off the board the rest of the way.
Needless to say, he also stymied the Binghamton offense in the first round a few days after the April 18 contest.
Mannino, 30, said there are a few keys behind keeping his cool.
“You know you’re not always going to have a one- or two-goal game at this level. You just have to keep every goal against in perspective, improve on what happened and move on,” he said.
Still, when Mannino does give up a goal, he will make mental notes of the situation so he knows what to look for later in the game.
“I definitely look for habits. You replay it and move on,” he said. “We have to learn from our pasts and, in the playoffs, you better learn pretty quickly because you’re ultimate goal is to be as perfect as you can.”
• The Penguins scored five times on Providence goaltender Niklas Svedberg and gave him an early exit in Game 2. Does that mean Svedberg might be rattled for Game 3? Not hardly, according to Mannino.
“He’s an extremely good goalie and I don’t think he’ll be rattled at all,” Mannino said. “I’m sure he’s very confident and I expect a big game from him, so we have to be ready for that.”
• Game 2 ended with nine misconducts in the third period and plenty of rough stuff. Still, that might not be enough to compel Hynes to dress tough guy Pierre-Luc Letoruneau-Leblond.
“That’s playoff hockey and it was emotional,” Hynes said. “Pierre is given the same consideration as everyone else that wasn’t in the lineup, and we’ll put together a group that we feel gives us the best chance to win.”
• As far as potential new faces, Hynes said D Derrick Pouliot, who is currently in the postseason with his junior team, the Portland Winterhawks, could join the Penguins if his playoff run ends. As far as Brian Gibbons coming down if Pittsburgh is eliminated, Hynes said that hasn’t been discussed.
• D Philip Samuelsson and C Andrew Ebbett are questionable for Wednesday’s game.