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Chicago 4, ROCKFORD 3 (Series tied, 3-3)
SUNDAY’S THREE STARS:
1. Jason Krog netted a pair of goals – including the game-winner – and added an assist as
2. Joel Kwiatkowski posted a goal and two helpers in the winning effort for the Wolves.
3. Petri Kontiola tallied two goals and an assist for the IceHogs.
MONDAY’S SCHEDULE (all times ET):
Game 7 –
2008 CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS:
Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A1-Providence Bruins vs. A3-Portland Pirates || Preview
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 26 – PROVIDENCE 4, Portland 0
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 27 – PROVIDENCE 7, Portland 1
Game 3 – Fri., May 2 – PORTLAND 4, Providence 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Sun., May 4 – PORTLAND 3, Providence 2 (OT)
Game 5 – Tue., May 6 – PORTLAND 3, Providence 2
Game 6 – Fri., May 9 – Portland 5, PROVIDENCE 4
East Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
E1-W-B/Scranton Penguins vs. E2-Philadelphia Phantoms || Preview
Game 1 – Thu., May 1 – Philadelphia 5, W-B/SCRANTON 2
Game 2 – Sat., May 3 – W-B/SCRANTON 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT)
Game 3 – Mon., May 5 – W-B/Scranton 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (WC)
Game 4 – Wed., May 7 – W-B/Scranton 8, PHILADELPHIA 4 (WC)
Game 5 – Fri., May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 3, Philadelphia 1
North Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
N1-Toronto Marlies vs. N2-Syracuse Crunch || Preview
Game 1 – Fri., May 2 – Syracuse 5, TORONTO 1
Game 2 – Sun., May 4 – Syracuse 3, TORONTO 1
Game 3 – Tue., May 6 – Toronto 8, SYRACUSE 2
Game 4 – Wed., May 7 – SYRACUSE 5, Toronto 4 (OT)
Game 5 – Fri., May 9 – TORONTO 4, Syracuse 3 (OT)
Game 6 – Sat., May 10 – Toronto 3, SYRACUSE 2
Game 7 – Mon., May 12 –
West Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
W1-Chicago Wolves vs. W2-Rockford IceHogs || Preview
Game 1 – Thu., May 1 – CHICAGO 4, Rockford 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 3 – CHICAGO 7, Rockford 3
Game 3 – Sun., May 4 – ROCKFORD 3, Chicago 1
Game 4 – Wed., May 7 – ROCKFORD 3, Chicago 2
Game 5 – Fri., May 9 – Rockford 5, CHICAGO 1
Game 6 – Sun., May 11 – Chicago 4, ROCKFORD 3
Game 7 – Tue., May 13 –
*if necessary… All times Eastern… (WC) –
GAME NOTES (all times ET):
Game 7 –
TV: Leafs TV, Time Warner Cable
A berth in the Western Conference championship series is on the line tonight at Ricoh Coliseum as
GAME 7 BY THE NUMBERS:
38-31 – Home teams’ record all-time in AHL Game 7’s (.551), including eight wins in nine tries since 2006.
18 – Teams who have come back to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 2-0, including only five who had lost the first two games on home ice (like Toronto did in this series).
3 – Number of times
1 – Since the AHL began two-conference play in 1995-96, number of times that both second-round series in the same conference extended to Game 7 (1997 Northern Conference: Hamilton defeated St. John’s, Albany defeated Rochester)… Both the North and West Division finals in this year’s Western Conference are headed for Game 7’s.
GAME 7: CRUNCH ON CUSP
The dark side of the Syracuse Crunch emerged on Sunday morning as players prepared for a road trip that no one wanted or expected to take. Faces were grim, voices were low and objects weren’t flying through the air at unwitting targets. Gone were the loud, playful banter and frat house antics. That’s how a Game 6 loss to
WOLVES BITE BACK, FORCE GAME 7
After winning three straight games against the Chicago Wolves and leading after one period Sunday, the Rockford IceHogs had a flashback to Games 1 and 2. It wasn’t pretty, and the timing stunk. It was something
WOLVES WIN FORCES SHOWDOWN WITH ICEHOGS
The Wolves couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to kick-start their power play. With their season hanging in the balance, the Wolves scored four goals with a man advantage in the second period—a franchise record for power-play scores in one postseason period. They went on to claim a 4-3 victory over the Rockford IceHogs at the Rockford MetroCentre on Sunday. “We got some ugly ones – rebounds [and] traffic in front,” said Wolves center Jason Krog, who had the first and fourth power-play goals in the second. “We know it’s do-or-die and we know the power play hasn’t been an asset for us so we had to get it going. This series has just been a battle and now we’re best-of-one.”
PENS’ CAPUTI, JEFFREY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
Jonathan Bombulie, The Citizen’s Voice
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are a special breed. Richards led the Philadelphia Flyers in scoring this season and is a lock to inherit the team’s captaincy. Carter scored 29 goals and is one of the most skilled forwards for a team that has reached the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals. Both are just 23 years old. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rookies Luca Caputi and Dustin Jeffrey aren’t Richards and Carter. It would be unfair to stamp expectations that high on a pair of youngsters with 12 career AHL games between them. But they are following the path Richards and Carter took to the NHL. After finishing up their junior eligibility in 2005, the Flyers duo joined the Philadelphia Phantoms for a run to a Calder Cup title.
THERRIEN, STEVENS HAVE HAD RUN-INS BEFORE
Pierre LeBrun, Canadian Press
Before the NHL’s Eastern Conference final is over and done with, there’s a chance John Stevens and Michel Therrien will rekindle their personal rivalry. Or perhaps, as they’ve tried to spin it to the media over the last week, they’ve left all that personal animosity behind them in the AHL and they’re above that now. “Coach Therrien and I had dinner together,” Stevens said jokingly Sunday when asked about Saturday’s day off. Both coaches have downplayed their past run-ins. “Thanks for reminding me,” Therrien said this weekend when asked about their AHL battles. “He’s doing what he has to do to be successful. And I have to do what I have to do to be successful for our own team. He’s a good coach. He had success in the American Hockey League. What he did this year coming up from a tough year last year with the Flyers, he deserves a lot of respect. But the focus is not on the coaches.”
Maxime Talbot netted a goal and 1994 Calder Cup champion Sergei Gonchar chipped in three assists as Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia, 4-2, last night to take a 2-0 series lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals… 2005 Calder Cup champions Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored for the Flyers in the losing effort.
2007 AHL All-Star Ville Koistinen and 2005 AHL All-Star Mikko Koivu tallied third-period goals as
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