It's positivity Thursday: two of the Pittsburgh Penguins best prospects had huge games last night. Against the Philadelphia Flyers farm team, no less.
2014 first round pick Kasperi Kapanen scored a goal on his first AHL shot. But, it was his second shift, so he couldn't quite go full Mario Lemieux.
Andddd that’s how @kaspara1tis began his pro career in North America… #WBSvsLV pic.twitter.com/3seAkfWUC0— AHL (@TheAHL) April 9, 2015
That was nice. From Tony at Highland Park Hockey:
It didn't take long for Kasperi Kapanen to make his presence felt in his North American pro debut. On his second shift, he stole a puck in the offensive zone and did the rest - dangling past a defenseman and put a laser of a wrist shot past Rob Zepp 4:43 into play to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
From there the Phantoms got to their game, having several sequences of pressure but unable to get one past Pens' goaltender Matt Murray - who made some impressive stops on rebound attempts at point blank range to keep the Pens in front.
Ah, who could forget Matt Murray, who recorded is 12th shutout of the season. The league record is 13. What makes it even more incredible is that Murray has only appeared in 38 games this season. He's also leading the league in save percentage with a gaudy .943%.
The icing on the cake from last night was Wilkes-Barre clinching their 13th straight trip to the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.