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It's not the type of game that Scott Munroe wants to be remembered by.

Nor is it the type of game that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender wants to remember.

That's why Munroe is looking forward to this weekend's road trip, which kicks off tonight in Providence with a matchup against the Bruins.

For the Penguins, playing three roads games in three days this weekend is a chance to put Tuesday's 5-2 loss to St. John's behind them.

For Munroe, who gave up three goals on three shots before being pulled in the first period, the road trip is a chance for redemption.

"You don't want to sit on a game like that for too long," he said after Thursday's practice at Coal Street. "It will be nice to get back in there and wipe the slate clean."

Munroe is also looking forward to a heavy workload, just like he expected to receive when Brad Thiessen was called up to Pittsburgh late last month. But an injury forced Munroe to miss most of the Feb. 25 contest against Syracuse and the next game against Norfolk. He returned with a strong start during a 3-2 win in Adirondack, but lasted only 13 minutes against St. John's.

With the injury healed and a busy weekend coming up, Munroe is anxious to get back to work.

"I'm looking forward to it. This is something I focused on if Brad did get called up then I'd have a chance to take the ball and play some games," Munroe said. "Unfortunately, with the injury, I wasn't able to play as many as I'd like. We have a good situation now with three games in three nights, and I expect to play and play well."

Although Munroe says he's healthy, head coach John Hynes will still be careful not to overwork his starting netminder. Hynes said rookie backup Patrick Killeen will get a start in one game during the weekend.

"We'll see how (Munroe) feels each day. If he feels he can play, he'll go," Hynes said. "We'll make the decision after each morning skate."


After connecting for five power-play goals in five games, the Penguins failed to score on six chances against St. John's on Tuesday. Defenseman Alex Grant said there isn't any reason to worry about the power play and the team just needs to get back to basics.

"Recover pucks, get them back to the shooters and shoot more and get them on net," he said. "We have to get back to that. It's worked the last two months and I don't think we should panic."


The Penguins will begin a stretch of three games in three days tonight against Providence, followed by a Saturday night match in Bridgeport and a Sunday afternoon contest in Springfield. Forward Brian Gibbons said the road trip may be just what the team needs to put Tuesday's 5-2 loss to St. John's behind them.

"You have a tough game like that or a performance you're not happy with, you can park it behind you the next couple days and have another game to focus on," he said. "It helps get the bad taste out of your mouth."


Winger Bryan Lerg, who sat out Tuesday's game with a lower body injury, is considered day-to-day heading into the weekend. Winger Geoff Walker didn't practice on Thursday and is also considered day-to-day with a lower body injury.

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