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AHL Morning Skate: April 29

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest from around the American Hockey League in today’s Morning Skate.

Complete Schedule || Playoff Brackets || Today’s Scoreboard || League Leaders

Tonight’s Previews

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Game 4 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live (SPR leads series, 2-1)
The Springfield Falcons can become the first team to advance to the second round of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs with a win tonight, while the Providence Bruins are looking to push their series to the limit… The Falcons took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five matchup with a 3-2 victory on Saturday, the first game of the series decided in regulation but still the third one-goal decision… Jake Hansen, who drew into the Game 3 lineup in place of an injured Andrew Joudrey, broke a 1-1 tie with his first career AHL playoff goal at 2:32 of the third period… Dana Tyrell‘s shorthanded goal with 2:35 remaining stood up as the game-winner… Matt Lindblad scored both Bruins goals in the Game 3 loss… Mike McKenna (2-1, 1.93, .949) stopped 42 shots for the Falcons; Niklas Svedberg (1-2, 2.28, .916) made 22 saves in the loss… Providence is outshooting Springfield 117-83 in the series, but is being outscored 7-6… The Bruins are 2-for-12 on the power play; the Falcons are 1-for-8… Providence is 22-15 all-time when facing elimination, including 10-9 at home… Road teams are 12-5 so far this postseason.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
2-Springfield Falcons vs. 7-Providence Bruins

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 23 – Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Providence 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 26 – SPRINGFIELD 3, Providence 2
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 29 – Springfield at Providence, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., May 3 – Providence at Springfield, 7:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Working Overtime
There have been eight overtime games played in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Road teams are 7-1 this year, and 27-7 in the last 34 playoff OT games overall:

Apr. 23 – Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (Andrew Joudrey, 2:21)
Apr. 23 – Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (Mike Hedden, 5:35)
Apr. 25 – Providence 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (Matt Fraser, 3:54)
Apr. 25 – W-B/Scranton 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (Anton Zlobin, 8:40)
Apr. 25 – Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (Dmitrij Jaskin, 1:06)
Apr. 25 – Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (Ryan Sproul, 39:26)
Apr. 26 – BINGHAMTON 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (Stephane Da Costa, 11:07)
Apr. 26 – Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (Brendan Ranford, 15:04)

Comeback Central
Twelve of the first 17 games in this year’s Calder Cup Playoffs have been come-from-behind victories:

Game 2 – Norfolk 3, MANCHESTER 2 (trailed 0-2)
Game 1 – Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT; trailed 0-1)
Game 3 – SPRINGFIELD 3, Providence 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 – W-B/Scranton 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 2 – BINGHAMTON 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-3)
Game 2 – ALBANY 4, St. John’s 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 – Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT; trailed 0-2)
Game 2 – Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 1 – Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT; trailed 0-2, 1-3)
Game 2 – ROCHESTER 3, Chicago 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 – Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (2OT; trailed 0-1)
Game 2 – Grand Rapids 7, ABBOTSFORD 2 (trailed 0-1, 1-2)

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