Found May 16, 2014 on Beyond The Benches:
Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Simon Despres excelled in Game 3 for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins as they prevailed over the Providence Bruins in the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday night, thanks in part to a brilliant comeback and a double overtime goal from Despres.  Depres was drafted 30th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since that time he has spent much of his time with their America Hockey League affiliate the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.  Trailing 4-1 after two early goals from Providence in the third period, the Penguins managed to battle back and tie it up with goal contributions from Simon Despres, Tom Kostopoulos, and Conor Sheary. Despres netted his second goal of the game at 6:32 into the second overtime to give WBS Penguins the victory. Despres is no stranger to multiple overtime goals; in the five multiple overtime games the WBS Penguins have played in their fifteen year history, he has tallied two game winners. Despres also came up big in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals in a 3-2 double overtime win over the St. John’s Ice Caps in 5. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals will be played tonight in Providence. The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins now have a 2-1 game lead over the Providence Bruins in the best of seven series. AHL All-star Brian Gibbons will rejoin the WBS Penguins Friday, as his playoff run with Pittsburgh Penguins has ended.     (Photo Credit: Youtube)

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