Pittsburgh Penguins Recall Defensemen Brian Dumoulin And Scott Harrington


The Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-12, 98 points) recalled defensemen Brian Dumoulin and Scott Harrington Sunday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

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The Pens defeated the Sabres in Buffalo Saturday 2-0, and claimed a playoff spot. The National Hockey League salary cap is no longer in effect, which was preventing the Pens from recalling any players before today.

The Black and Gold closed out the regular season playing with five defensemen because of concussions to Kris Letand and Christian Ehrhoff in addition to an upper-body injury to Derrick Pouliot.

Dumoulin and Harrington spent the majority of 2014-2015 helping WBS surrender just 153 goals, the fewest scores in the AHL. The two blue liners also saw NHL minutes in the Steel City.

Dumoulin, 23, scored his first NHL goal Monday, Dec. 15 at CONSOL Energy Center in the Penguins’ 4-2 victory against Tampa Bay. Dumoulin was joined in that game by fellow rookie Bryan Rust as the right wing also scored his first NHL goal.

The 6-foot-4, 207-pound defenseman has played in 14 NHL regular-season games the last two years. Dumoulin posted one goal and one assist for two points and a plus-1.

The Biddeford, Maine native led all WBS defensemen this season in assists with 29 and points with 33 in 62 games. His plus-25 was second on the team and the fourth-highest total in the AHL.

Harrington, 22, saw NHL action for the first time in his career this season, participating in 10 regular-season contests. The Kingston, Ontario native made his NHL debut Thursday, Dec. 18 in Pittsburgh against the Colorado Avalanche.

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound second-year pro has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 48 AHL regular-season appearances this year for WBS. His plus-19 was third among WBS defensemen.

Up Next: The Black and Gold begin the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on the road as they visit Madison Square Garden to skate against the New York Rangers (53-22-7, 113 points). The puck is set to drop at 7:08 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network and locally on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

From The Clipboard: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, 30, was named the Penguins’ Most Valuable Player Friday for the 2014-2015 season. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder went 34-20-9 with a 2.32 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. The Sorel, Quebec native led the NHL with 10 shutouts this season.

It was the second time for Fleury to win the team MVP award, the first time coming in 2010-2011. He was also voted the Players’ Player Award by his teammates. It is an honor that goes to “the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team both on and off of the ice, and who is dedicated to teamwork.”

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