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AHL Morning Skate: 5.17.17

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 7 History
Tonight’s games are the 172nd and 173rd winner-take-all games — and the 93rd and 94th Game 7’s — in Calder Cup Playoff history… Home teams are 52-40 (.565) all-time in Game 7’s… Since 1992, teams are 50-13 (.794) in Game 7’s when scoring first… Eighteen Game 7’s have gone to overtime, most recently the 2016 Atlantic Division Finals between Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… This is the 27th consecutive AHL postseason with at least one Game 7.


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Game 7 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 3-3)

Providence forced this evening’s Game 7 in the Atlantic Division Finals with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Hershey last night… Chris Porter (4-2-6) and Austin Czarnik (3-3-6) each tallied a goal and an assist and Zane McIntyre (6-5, 2.12, .923) made 26 saves as the Bruins rallied from down 2-0 at the first intermission… Providence got goals from Danton Heinen (5-5-10) and Colton Hargrove (2-1-3) to tie Game 6 before Porter scored the eventual game-winner with 22.6 seconds left in the middle period… Heinen’s goal was his first since he scored twice in the Bruins’ decisive Game 5 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the first round… McIntyre has stopped 103 of 108 shots (.954) in Providence’s three elimination games this postseason… Chandler Stephenson (2-2-4) and Chris Bourque (6-4-10) each recorded a goal and an assist for the Bears in Game 6… Bourque has 4-4-8 in the series and 7-10-17 in 16 career playoff games against Providence… Vitek Vanecek (1-1, 2.61, .919) made 30 saves in last night’s defeat… The Bruins own a 193-124 advantage in shots on goal in the series, including 144-71 in the last four games… All three of Hershey’s wins in the series have come in OT, the third time in franchise history they have accomplished that feat (2010 vs. Manchester; 2010 vs. Albany)… Providence has lost eight consecutive trips to overtime during the postseason, one shy of the all-time AHL record of nine set by the Manitoba Moose between 2003 and 2011… The Bruins, 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) on the power play against the league’s top-ranked penalty killers in the first round, are just 1-for-21 (4.8 percent) against Hershey in this series… The Bears are 4-for-21 (19.0 percent) following an 0-for-13 showing in the opening round against Lehigh Valley… Hershey has won nine Game 7’s, most of any AHL franchise, including five in a row and all three ever played at Giant Center… The Bruins are 28-18 all-time when facing playoff elimination, including an impressive 17-8 on the road… Hershey is 49-17 (.742) all-time on home ice when facing playoff elimination, including 9-1 at Giant Center since it opened in 2002… Providence is the fifth team in AHL history with three road wins in one postseason when facing elimination; no team has ever won four (see below).

Game 7: Hershey Bears (9-8)
2016 Division Finals – HERSHEY 3, W-B/Scranton 2 (OT)
2009 Division Finals – HERSHEY 3, W-B/Scranton 0
2006 Conference Finals – HERSHEY 5, Portland 4 (OT)
1997 Conference Finals – HERSHEY 3, Springfield 1
1997 Conference Semifinals – Hershey 3, PHILADELPHIA 2
1994 Division Finals – Cornwall 4, HERSHEY 3
1989 Division Finals – ADIRONDACK 2, Hershey 1 (OT)
1986 Division Finals – HERSHEY 4, St. Catharines 2
1975 Division Semifinals – Hershey 4, RICHMOND 3
1973 Division Semifinals – Virginia 5, HERSHEY 3
1970 Quarterfinals – SPRINGFIELD 5, Hershey 4 (OT)
1963 Calder Cup Finals – BUFFALO 6, Hershey 2
1959 Semifinals – Hershey 4, CLEVELAND 3
1957 Semifinals – CLEVELAND 5, Hershey 3 (OT)
1949 Calder Cup Finals – PROVIDENCE 4, Hershey 2
1947 Calder Cup Finals – HERSHEY 5, Pittsburgh 0
1944 Semifinals – CLEVELAND 4, Hershey 1

Game 7: Providence Bruins (3-3)
2014 Conference Semifinals – W-B/SCRANTON 5, Providence 4
2013 Conference Semifinals – W-B/Scranton 5, PROVIDENCE 0
2007 Division Semifinals – Providence 5, HARTFORD 4
2001 Conference Semifinals – Providence 3, WORCESTER 2 (OT)
2000 Conference Finals – HARTFORD 3, Providence 2 (OT)
1995 Division Semifinals – Providence 6, PORTLAND 3

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 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – Providence 4, HERSHEY 2
Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 7 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 3-3)
 

The North Division Finals wrap up tonight with a winner-take-all Game 7 between Syracuse and Toronto… This is the first Game 7 hosted by the Crunch at the historic War Memorial Arena since 2004… Syracuse won the North Division title on the last day of the regular season, edging Toronto by a single point and earning home-ice advantage for tonight’s game… The Marlies forced tonight’s deciding contest with a 2-1 victory in Game 6 on Monday… Andrew Nielsen (1-3-4) scored with 8:27 left in regulation to send Toronto to the win… Carl Grundstrom (3-1-4) scored his third goal of the series for the Marlies, and Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-2, 2.37, .901) made 27 saves… Seth Griffith (1-7-8) assisted on both Toronto goals on Monday, giving him 1-6-7 in the series… Syracuse’s only goal of Game 6 came from Michael Bournival (2-2-4), and it was the fourth shorthanded goal scored by the Crunch in the series… Mike McKenna (6-4, 2.55, .905) stopped 23 shots in the loss… Byron Froese (3-6-9) continues to lead Syracuse in scoring during the series with 2-5-7, but the former Marlie has just one assist in the last three games… Toronto was 2-for-6 on the power play in Game 6, improving to 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) in the series… Syracuse is 3-for-20 (15.0 percent) in the series and just 5-for-38 (13.2%) on the postseason with the man advantage… The Crunch are 5-0 at the War Memorial this postseason, outscoring their opponents 21-10.

Game 7: Syracuse Crunch (1-3)
2008 Division Finals – TORONTO 3, Syracuse 2
2004 Division Semifinals – Rochester 4, SYRACUSE 3 (OT)
2002 Conference Semifinals – Chicago 6, SYRACUSE 2
1996 Conference Semifinals – Syracuse 5, BALTIMORE 4

Game 7: Toronto Marlies (3-1)
2016 Division Finals – TORONTO 4, Albany 3
2014 Conference Finals – TEXAS 6, Toronto 2
2008 Division Finals – TORONTO 3, Syracuse 2
2008 Division Semifinals – TORONTO 2, San Antonio 1

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 – TORONTO 2, Syracuse 1
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


 vs. 
(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
#HERvsPRO: Bruins storm back to win Game 6, even series


Home Sweet Home
This year’s North Division Finals mark the eighth time in AHL history that a best-of-seven series has begun with six consecutive wins by the home team… The Game 7 host is 4-3 in the previous deciding games:

2017 – Syracuse vs. Toronto
2009 – Hershey vs. W-B/Scranton (HER won Game 7 at home)
2002 – Syracuse vs. Chicago (SYR lost Game 7 at home)
1994 – Saint John vs. Moncton (SJN lost Game 7 at home)
1988 – Rochester vs. Adirondack (RCH lost Game 7 at home)
1981 – Maine vs. Springfield (MAI won Game 7 at home)
1953 – Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh (CLE won Game 7 at home)
1949 – Providence vs. St. Louis (PIT won Game 7 at home)


Road Warriors
Providence is the fifth team in AHL history to win three elimination games on the road in the same postseason… No team has ever won four:

2017 – Providence Bruins (2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 1 at Hershey)
2013 – Oklahoma City Barons (2 at Charlotte, 1 at Grand Rapids)
2011 – Manitoba Moose (2 at Lake Erie, 1 at Hamilton)
2010 – Texas Stars (1 at Chicago, 2 at Hamilton)
2004 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2 at Bridgeport, 1 at Hartford)


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 16 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

May 14 – Hershey 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (Madison Bowey, 1:58)
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, Roman Josi scored with 2:43 left in the third period to send Nashville to a 2-1 win over Anaheim in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

In the 2017 IIHF World Championships yesterday, Felix Schutz scored the tying goal in the last minute of regulation and 2015 AHL All-Star Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves as Germany secured the last berth in the quarterfinals with a 4-3 shootout win over Latvia… Brock Nelson had a goal and two assists as the United States clinched first place in Group A with a 5-3 win over Russia… William Karlsson notched a goal and two assists as Sweden defeated Slovakia, 4-2… Brayden Point and Colton Parayko each recorded a goal and an assist in Canada’s 5-2 win over Finland… 2010 AHL All-Star Charles Linglet assisted on the game-winning goal as Belarus rallied past Norway, 4-3.


On This Date
May 17, 1993 – Olaf Kolzig makes 30 saves as Rochester advances to the Calder Cup Finals with a 3-2 win in Game 7 against the Binghamton Rangers, who had set AHL records for wins and points in the regular season (57-13-10)… Cape Breton gets a record-tying seven points (4g, 3a) from Bill McDougall in a 9-3 win over Springfield, sending the Oilers to the Finals as well.


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