AHL Morning Skate: May 12
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Game 7 - 6:00 ET, AHL Live, (Series tied, 3-3)
The first Game 7 of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs pits the St. John's IceCaps against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on the line... While this is obviously the first Game 7 for the first-year IceCaps, it's the third AHL Game 7 ever played in St. John's; the St. John's Maple Leafs were 0-2, losing to Hamilton in 1997 and to the Adirondack Red Wings in the finale of the 1992 Calder Cup Finals... Wilkes-Barre is 6-1 all-time in winner-take-all games and 4-1 in Game 7's... Having already staved off elimination twice with wins in Games 5 and 6, the Penguins are bidding to become the 18th team in AHL history to win a series after trailing 3-1... Zach Sill (3-1-4) scored the go-ahead goal with 14:19 left in the third period last night to send Wilkes-Barre to a 4-2 win in Game 6... Jason Williams (3-9-12), Cal O'Reilly (5-3-8) and Paul Thompson (2-1-3) also scored for the Penguins, and Brad Thiessen (6-5, 2.06, .909) stopped 29 of 31 shots... Patrice Cormier (3-0-3) and Raymond Sawada (2-2-4) scored for the IceCaps, who got 27 saves from Eddie Pasquale (6-4, 2.24, .927)... The Penguins are 4-for-24 on the power play (16.7 percent) in the series after last night's 2-for-6 effort... St. John's was 2-for-5 in Game 5 and is now 5-for-21 (23.8 percent) for the series... Wilkes-Barre improved to 17-10 all-time when facing elimination, including 3-0 this postseason... This will be the 85th Game 7 in Calder Cup Playoff history... Tonight's winner moves on to face the Norfolk Admirals beginning Thursday night.
From Calder to Stanley
There's a Game 7 in the NHL tonight also, with the New York Rangers hosting the Washington Capitals for the right to move on... Rangers Marc Staal, Daniel Girardi and Brandon Dubinsky all played in a Game 7 during the first round of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs with the Hartford Wolf Pack, a 2-1 win over Manchester... John Mitchell played in two Game 7's for the Toronto Marlies during the 2008 AHL postseason, and scored the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Syracuse in the second round... John Tortorella was 1-1 in Game 7's as head coach of the Rochester Americans; the win came vs. Portland in the 1996 Calder Cup Finals... Keith Aucoin and John Carlson were on the winning end of a Game 7 with Hershey three years ago tonight (see On This Date below)... Mike Green and Brooks Laich helped Hershey to a Game 7 win over Portland in the 2006 AHL conference finals.
By the Numbers
45-39 – Record of home teams all-time in AHL Game 7’s... Road teams are 6-3 since 2010.
17 – Calder Cup Playoff Game 7’s that have gone into overtime... Road teams are 8-3 in Game 7 overtime contests since 1992.
6 - Series, of the 11 completed this postseason, that have ended on an overtime goal, tied for the most ever in a single playoff year (1996).
On This Date
May 12, 2011 - Erik Condra, Kaspars Daugavins and Andre Benoit all tally a goal and two assists as Binghamton blitzes Charlotte, 7-4, in the opener of the Eastern Conference Finals.
May 12, 2009 – Michal Neuvirth becomes the first goaltender in AHL history to record shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of a series, leading Hershey to the conference finals with a 3-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton... Keith Aucoin scores the winning goal for the Bears.
May 12, 2004 – Kari Lehtonen stops 43 of 44 shots as Chicago avoids elimination with a 2-1 win at Milwaukee in Game 5 of the West Division Finals.
May 12, 1998 – Dan Cloutier makes 52 saves, Derek Armstrong scores and Marc Savard adds two assists as Hartford keeps its season alive with a 4-1 win at Worcester in Game 6 of their division final series.
May 12, 1984 – Bud Stefanski scores his second overtime goal of the series as the Maine Mariners take a 3-2 victory and a 3-1 series lead over Rochester in the Calder Cup Finals.
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