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Tangradi Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins


Wed   vs. Cincinnati Cyclones  7:05pm
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Sat   at Cincinnati Cyclones  7:35pm

Thur at Cincinnati Cyclones W, 4-1
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The Cincinnati Cyclones closed the Nailers lead in the playoff series with a 7-3 victory at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The Nailers still lead the series 2 games to 1 heading into game 4 of the North Division Semifinals Wednesday night at 7:05 in Wheeling. Game 5 on Friday night at 7:35 will also be in Wheeling.

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The Ontario Hockey League announced that forward Eric Tangradi of the Belleville Bulls is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 12. The Penguins prospect scored four goals and three assists for seven points with a plus-minus rating of plus-6 in two games.

Tangradi, a 20-year-old from Philadelphia, PA, is in his third OHL season with the Bulls. He set career-best numbers and ranked eighth in the regular season with 88 points on 38 goals and 50 assists in 55 games with a plus-39 rating. The Bulls captain is currently tied for first in playoff scoring with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 11 games. Tangradi was acquired by Pittsburgh with forward Chris Kunitz from the Anaheim Ducks Feb. 26 in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Tangradi was at his best offensively on Tuesday night in the 5-2 Game 5 win for the Bulls over their second round playoff series opponent the Niagara IceDogs. He figured in on every Bulls goal with a five-point game on four goals and one assist. His only other five-point game this season came on Nov. 19 when he scored two goals and three assists in an 8-1 win over the IceDogs and was named the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 23. On Thursday night Tangradi counted two assists in the sixth and final game of the second round series with the Bulls prevailing 5-2. Belleville will now face the Brampton Battalion for the Bobby Orr Trophy in the Rogers Eastern Conference Championship Series.

Tangradi was originally selected in the second round, 42nd overall, by Anaheim at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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