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Conference finals schedules set

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the schedule for the third round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Providence Bruins (top development team of the Boston Bruins) will face the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) beginning Friday in Providence. Both teams advanced to the conference finals with Game 7 wins in their respective division final series tonight.

Providence is heading to the conference finals for the first time since 2009; Syracuse will be making the third appearance in the conference finals in franchise history, and its first since 2013.

In the Western Conference Finals, the San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks) are set to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) beginning Saturday. Both teams closed out their second-round series in five games.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
A4-Providence Bruins vs. N1-Syracuse Crunch
Game 1 – Fri., May 19 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Sat., May 20 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 9:00
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 8:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. Over 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 16th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2016-17. Through the years the American Hockey League has also been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.