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AHL Morning Skate: 5.8.17

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 3 – Thursday, 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 1-1)

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 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 3 – Tuesday, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(SYR leads series, 2-0)
 

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 – 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 4 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(GR leads series, 2-1)
 

Grand Rapids holds a 2-1 series lead over Chicago in the Central Division Finals heading into tonight’s Game 4 at Van Andel Arena… The Griffins doubled up the Wolves, 4-2, to take Game 3 on Saturday night… Matthew Ford (4-1-5) opened the scoring just 5:09 into the contest and Ben Street (2-5-7) and Tyler Bertuzzi (3-5-8) scored 30 seconds apart to chase Wolves starter Ville Husso (4-4, 2.89, .910) at the 10:30 mark of the first period… Bertuzzi has points in all six Griffins games this postseason, and now has 17-11-28 in 29 career playoff contests… Chicago cut the deficit to 3-2 on goals by Chris Butler (1-4-5) and Mackenzie MacEachern (2-1-3), but Joe Hicketts (1-2-3) restored the Griffins’ two-goal cushion 16 seconds after MacEachern’s goal early in the third period… Tomas Nosek (3-3-6) and Martin Frk (1-3-4) notched two assists each in Game 3 for Grand Rapids, which has scored 23 goals in its six postseason games (3.83 avg.)… After allowing seven goals in Game 2, Jared Coreau (5-1, 2.69, .910) bounced back and made 27 saves in the Game 3 win… Jordan Binnington, who was 9-1-5 in his last 15 decisions during the regular season for Chicago, stopped 30 of 31 shots in relief in his first appearance of these playoffs.

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 – 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 3 – Wednesday, 10:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 1-1)

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 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
#HERvsPRO: Boyd lifts Bears to Game 2 victory


Working Overtime
There have been 13 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

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 Stanley Cup Playoff action yesterday, Leon Draisaitl recorded three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists and Edmonton rolled past Anaheim, 7-1… Bakersfield Condors alumni tallied 10 points (5g, 5a) in the game for the Oilers… Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen notched a goal and an assist each as Nashville eliminated St. Louis with a 3-1 win.

In the 2017 IIHF World Championships yesterday, Syracuse Crunch alumni Vladislav Namestnikov (2g, 2a) and Nikita Kucherov (1g, 3a) each tallied four points in Russia’s 10-1 win over Italy… Tyson Barrie recorded a goal and three assists as Canada defeated Slovenia, 7-2… Anders Lee scored twice for the United States in a 7-2 win over Denmark… Antoine Roussel scored twice in France’s 5-1 win over Finland… Zemgus Girgensons notched a goal and an assist as Latvia beat Slovakia, 3-1… Cody Almond tallied a goal and two assists to lead Switzerland to a 3-0 win over Norway.


On This Date
May 8, 2004Kari Lehtonen stops 54 of 55 shots in Chicago’s 3-1 win over Milwaukee in Game 3 of their West Division final series.

May 8, 1974 – The Hershey Bears win the Calder Cup with a 4-3 win over the Providence Reds in Game 5 at Hersheypark Arena.


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