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AHL Morning Skate: May 12

May 12, 2014



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

stj  nor
Game 4 - 7:15 ET, AHL Live (STJ leads series, 2-1)
St. John's scored four goals in the third period on Saturday night en route to a 5-3 victory and a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Norfolk... The four goals were the most allowed by the Admirals in a single period since Springfield scored four times in the first period on Nov. 11, 2012, and came after Norfolk had given up a total of 10 goals in its first 21 periods this postseason... Jerome Samson (1-2-3) scored the game-winner on Saturday with 9:20 to play in regulation -- just 65 seconds after Norfolk had re-tied the score at 3-3... Josh Morrissey (2-2-4), Ben Chiarot (2-0-2) and Adam Lowry (1-0-1) also scored in the final frame for the IceCaps, who had trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes... Eric O'Dell (2-0-2) tallied a first-period power-play goal for St. John's to snap a personal five-game pointless drought... Michael Hutchinson (5-2, 1.73, .943) gave up three goals on 27 shots, but it was enough for his fifth win of the playoffs... Max Friberg (2-2-4), Jesse Blacker (1-0-1) and Josh Manson (1-0-1) scored for the Admirals, whose eight-game postseason home winning streak came to an end... Emerson Etem (0-1-1) notched an assist in his first playoff action for Norfolk... With John Gibson (4-2, 1.45, .955) recalled to Anaheim, Brad Thiessen got the start -- his first game action since Apr. 18 -- and finished with 26 saves in Game 3.

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
4-St. John’s IceCaps vs. 8-Norfolk Admirals
| Series Snapshot
Game 1 – Tue., May 6 – Norfolk 3, ST. JOHN'S 1
Game 2 – Wed., May 7 – ST. JOHN'S 2, Norfolk 1
Game 3 – Sat., May 10 – St. John's 5, NORFOLK 3 
Game 4 – Mon., May 12 – St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15
Game 5 – Tue., May 13 – St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15
*Game 6 – Fri., May 16 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00
*Game 7 – Sat., May 17 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00
   *if necessary... All times Eastern

From Calder to Stanley
In last night's Stanley Cup Playoff action, 1999 AHL All-Star Martin St. Louis tallied a goal to help the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh in Game 6 of their second-round series... 2005 Calder Cup champion Patrick Sharp assisted on both Chicago goals in the Blackhawks' 2-1 win Game 5 win over Minnesota... Erik Haula, a midseason recall from Iowa (AHL), scored for the Wild.

Johnny Be Good
On Saturday night, John Gibson made 28 saves in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut to backstop Anaheim to a 2-0 win over Los Angeles in Game 4 of their series... At the time of his recall from Norfolk on Saturday morning, Gibson led the AHL in wins (tied), shutouts (tied), goals-against average, save percentage, minutes played, saves and shots faced during the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, going 4-2 in six appearances with a 1.45 GAA, a .955 save percentage and one shutout, allowing nine goals on 198 shots... Gibson became the fourth goaltender ever to win a game in both the AHL and NHL playoffs during the same season, and the first to record a playoff shutout in both leagues in the same year:

2014 - John Gibson, Norfolk Admirals (4-2) and Anaheim Ducks (1-0)
1979 - Robbie Moore, Maine Mariners (1-2) and Philadelphia Flyers (3-2)
1939 - Bert Gardiner, Philadelphia Ramblers (3-2) and New York Rangers (3-3)
1937 - Earl Robertson, Pittsburgh Hornets (1-3) and Detroit Red Wings (3-2)

Working Overtime
There have been 10 overtime games played in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs so far... Road teams are 7-3 this year, and 27-9 in the last 36 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)
Apr. 30 - W-B/SCRANTON 3, Binghamton 2 (Chuck Kobasew, 7:32) 
Apr. 30 - NORFOLK 1, Manchester 0 (Maxime Sauve, 14:51)

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