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AHL Morning Skate: 5.14.17

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s AHL Morning Skate.

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Game 5 – 3:05 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 2-2)

Providence hosts Hershey in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals this afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with both teams looking to grab the series lead… The Bruins won Game 4 on Friday night by a 2-1 score, outshooting the Bears 39-11 in the process… Providence has a 79-26 advantage in shots on goal over the last two games… Alex Grant (1-2-3) and Chris Porter (3-1-4) scored for the Bruins in Game 4… Grant’s goal was his first of the playoffs after he scored a career-high 17 times during the regular season… Dustin Gazley (1-0-1) picked up his first point of the postseason with the Bears’ only goal of Game 4… Pheonix Copley (5-4, 2.13, .933) stopped 28 of 30 shots on Friday before suffering an injury on the Bruins’ second goal; Vitek Vanecek stopped all nine shots he faced in relief… Vanecek, who stopped 142 of 148 shots in five regular-season appearances against Providence (2-1-1, 1.28, .959), has not allowed a goal in his last 201:06 of work against the Bruins… Zane McIntyre (5-4, 2.04, .929) and the B’s have still not given up a first-period goal all postseason (96 shots).

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A3-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence 3, HERSHEY 1
Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – HERSHEY 3, Providence 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – PROVIDENCE 2, Hershey 1
Game 5 – Sun., May 14 – Hershey at Providence, 3:05
Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 6 – Monday, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(SYR leads series, 3-2)
 

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N1-Syracuse Crunch vs. N2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – SYRACUSE 3, Toronto 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – SYRACUSE 8, Toronto 5
Game 3 – Tue., May 9 – TORONTO 5, Syracuse 3
Game 4 – Wed., May 10 – TORONTO 3, Syracuse 2
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – SYRACUSE 5, Toronto 1
Game 6 – Mon., May 15 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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(GR wins series, 4-1)
 

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Wed., May 3 – Grand Rapids 4, CHICAGO 1
Game 2 – Fri., May 5 – CHICAGO 7, Grand Rapids 3
Game 3 – Sat., May 6 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Chicago 2
Game 4 – Mon., May 8 – GRAND RAPIDS 6, Chicago 3
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – Grand Rapids 5, CHICAGO 2


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(SJ wins series, 4-1)

Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. P2-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – San Diego 3, SAN JOSE 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – SAN JOSE 5, San Diego 1
Game 3 – Wed., May 10 – San Jose 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – San Jose 4, SAN DIEGO 3
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – San Jose 2, SAN DIEGO 0


Yesterday’s Recaps
#SYRvsTOR: Crunch’s Game 5 romp pushes Marlies to brink
#CHIvsGR: Griffins finish off Wolves, advance to West final
#SJvsSD: Barracuda blank Gulls, win series in five


Call It a Comeback
Seven times during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, a team has won a game it had trailed with less than 4:00 remaining in regulation:

May 10 – San Jose at San Diego (tied with 1:01 remaining, GWG in OT)
May 9 – Toronto vs. Syracuse (tied with 1:56 remaining, GWG with 1:38 remaining)
May 7 – Hershey vs. Providence (tied with 2:30 remaining, GWG in OT)
May 5 – San Diego at San Jose (tied with 3:56 remaining, GWG in OT)
Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids at Milwaukee (tied with 3:38 remaining, GWG in OT)
Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton at Providence (tied with 1:03 remaining, GWG in OT)
Apr. 22 – Syracuse at St. John’s (tied with 2:44 remaining, GWG in 2OT)


Working Overtime
There have been 15 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

May 11 – Hershey 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (Chris Bourque, 7:14)
May 10 – San Jose 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (Timo Meier, 17:40)
May 7 – HERSHEY 3, Providence 2 (Travis Boyd, 5:44)
May 5 – San Diego 3, SAN JOSE 2 (Kevin Roy, 0:38)
*May 2 – SAN JOSE 2, Stockton 1 (Ryan Carpenter, 8:52)
*Apr. 28 – TORONTO 2, Albany 1 (Justin Holl, 46:43)
*Apr. 28 – SYRACUSE 2, St. John’s 1 (Gabriel Dumont, 2:18)
*Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (Kyle Criscuolo, 10:03)
Apr. 26 – TORONTO 3, Albany 2 (Colin Greening, 0:45)
Apr. 26 – Lehigh Valley 2, HERSHEY 1 (Chris Conner, 1:49)
Apr. 23 – Charlotte 4, CHICAGO 3 (Connor Brickley, 9:28)
Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton 6, PROVIDENCE 5 (Derrick Pouliot, 7:49)
Apr. 22 – Syracuse 4, ST. JOHN’S 3 (Tye McGinn, 30:37)
Apr. 21 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Milwaukee 3 (Tomas Nosek, 9:32)
Apr. 21 – Hershey 1, LEHIGH VALLEY 0 (Nathan Walker, 7:38)
*clinched series


Alumni Watch
In the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, 2008 AHL All-Star Bobby Ryan netted the winning goal as Ottawa opened the Eastern Conference Finals with a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh… Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each finished the night with a goal and an assist and Craig Anderson made 27 saves.

In the 2017 IIHF World Championships yesterday, 2016 Calder Cup champion Markus Hannikainen scored in overtime to send Finland to a 3-2 win over Norway… Andrew Copp, who spent part of the 2016-17 season with the Manitoba Moose, scored the winning goal as the United States rallied past Latvia, 5-3… Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves and Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist as Russia blanked Slovakia, 6-0… 2005 AHL All-Star Christian Ehrhoff scored in Germany’s 4-1 win over Italy… Former Toronto Marlies forward Fabrice Herzog scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as Switzerland upset Canada, 3-2.


On This Date
May 14, 2006 – P.A. Parenteau scores the series-clinching goal 3:06 into overtime as Portland advances to the conference finals with a 4-3 win over Hartford.


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