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AHL Morning Skate: 5.3.17

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 1, Saturday – 7:00 ET, AHL Live

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A3-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – Providence at Hershey, 5:00
Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05
*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


 
Game 1, Friday – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
 

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N1-Syracuse Crunch vs. N2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., May 9 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
Game 4 – Wed., May 10 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
*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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Game 1 – 8:00 ET, AHL Live
 

The second round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs gets underway tonight as Chicago hosts Grand Rapids in Game 1 of the Central Division Finals… It’s the first postseason meeting between the rivals since 2004… The Wolves edged the Griffins by a single point in the regular-season standings to earn home-ice advantage in this series… Grand Rapids has won 18 of the last 23 meetings between the clubs, including an 8-2-0-0 mark this season… The Wolves and Griffins have both been off since last Wednesday, when Chicago defeated Charlotte in their decisive Game 5 and Grand Rapids finished a three-game sweep of Milwaukee… Adam Musil (3-2-5), Samuel Blais (2-3-5) and regular-season AHL scoring champion Kenny Agostino (2-3-5) led the Wolves’ offense in the first round… Ville Husso (3-2, 2.34, .925) allowed 12 goals on 160 shots vs. Charlotte… Tyler Bertuzzi (2-2-4) and Evgeny Svechnikov (1-3-4) paced the Griffins in scoring last round, and Kyle Criscuolo‘s overtime goal in Game 3 clinched the series win… Sixteen of Grand Rapids’ 18 skaters recorded at least one point in the first round… Jared Coreau (3-0, 2.10, .931) stopped 94 of 101 shots in the sweep… The Griffins were 12-for-39 (30.8 percent) on the power play in 10 regular-season games against Chicago… The Wolves’ penalty killing is a perfect 10-for-10 this postseason.

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Wed., May 3 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
Game 2 – Fri., May 5 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
Game 3 – Sat., May 6 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Mon., May 8 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 15 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 16 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Friday, 10:00 ET, AHL Live

Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. P2-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 10 – San Jose at San Diego, 10:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – San Jose at San Diego, 10:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – San Jose at San Diego, 10:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


Yesterday’s Recaps
#SJvsSTK: Carpenter sends Barracuda to division finals
#SDvsONT: Gulls off to second round with 4-1 win


Working Overtime
There have been 11 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

*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 Stanley Cup Playoff action yesterday, 2012 AHL All-Star Mats Zuccarello recorded a goal and an assist to help the N.Y. Rangers to a 4-1 win over Ottawa… Two-time AHL All-Star Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots in Nashville’s 2-1 win over St. Louis.


On This Date
May 3, 2002 – The final game ever played at Hersheypark Arena goes to the Houston Aeros, as Jamie McLennan stops 32 shots in a series-clinching 7-1 win over Hershey.

May 3, 1997 – In a game that features 11 goals, five goaltenders and a league-record 350 penalty minutes, Philadelphia defeats Hershey, 7-4, in Game 2 of the Mid-Atlantic Division final.


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