An official scoring correction made by the American Hockey League on Monday has given Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rookie Alex Goligoski his 26th point of the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs, the most ever by an AHL defenseman in a single postseason.
Goligoski should have been credited with an assist on the first Penguins goal in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Chicago in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals. The AHL has reviewed the video and adjusted the scoring appropriately. Goligoski now shows two assists for Sunday’s game and six points (1g, 5a) in the first two games of the series, figuring in on all six of his team’s goals in the Finals.
Goligoski, 22, was recalled by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins after Sunday’s game and could make his NHL playoff debut tonight in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Detroit. Goligoski had two assists in three games with Pittsburgh during the regular season, and tallied 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points in 70 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, earning a spot on the AHL All-Rookie Team at year’s end.
Goligoski’s 26 postseason points are good for second in the entire league and are two shy of the AHL record for a rookie (28), set by Mike Sillinger with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992. His record-setting effort on Sunday came in the same game that saw Wolves forward Darren Haydar set the AHL career marks for goals and points with two first-period goals.
The Penguins trail Chicago, two games to none, in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre, and will be televised live on NHL Network (7:30 ET).