|Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the Calder Cup Playoffs
in today’s Morning Skate.
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Chris Mueller‘s shorthanded goal 11:39 into overtime gave Hartford a 5-4 win over Hershey on Wednesday night and a 3-2 series lead heading into tonight’s Game 6 at the XL Center in downtown Hartford… It was the second goal of the night and fifth goal of the playoffs for Mueller (5-4-9); in addition to Wednesday’s game-winner, he has scored the game-tying goal in all three of the Wolf Pack’s overtime wins this postseason… Hartford rallied to win after being down 3-1 after the first period and 4-3 with less than four minutes remaining in regulation… Chris Bourque (4-7-11) tallied a goal and two assists in Game 5, giving the former Bear 3-5-8 in the series and 5-6-11 in five career playoff games as a visitor at Giant Center… With 89 career points, Bourque is now alone in 10th place on the AHL’s all-time playoff scoring list… Danny Kristo (2-3-5) and Conor Allen (1-0-1) also scored for the Wolf Pack on Wednesday, and Yann Danis (6-4, 1.88, .935) made 34 saves to become the 16th goaltender in AHL history with 25 career postseason victories… Joey Crabb (3-2-5) tallied an assist in Game 5 for Hartford; he has a point in all five games of the series after going scoreless in the first round vs. Providence… Garrett Mitchell (1-2-3) and Chandler Stephenson (1-4-5) each had a goal and an assist for Hershey in Game 5… Former Wolf Pack forward Kris Newbury (0-3-3) has been held scoreless in the series… Hershey has received forward Andre Burakovsky and defenseman Nate Schmidt back from Washington after the Capitals’ elimination by the N.Y. Rangers on Wednesday… Burakovsky had 3-4-7 in 13 games with the Bears during the regular season and tallied 2-1-3 in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Caps; Schmidt is Hershey’s leading scorer this postseason with 3-5-8 in seven games… The clubs have combined for six power-play goals and five shorthanded markers in the series… Hartford is 13-6 all-time with a chance to close out a series, including 10-4 at home… Since joining the AHL in 1938, Hershey is 61-53 when facing playoff elimination but just 15-36 away from home, including five straight losses since their last series-saving road win in 2000 (at Philadelphia)… Tonight’s game can be heard on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (Sirius 211, XM 218).
Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
|Last Night’s Recaps/Highlights
Bertuzzi lifts Griffins to Game 4 win
Comets head home with 3-2 series lead
There have been 14 overtime games played in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 7-7:
May 14 – Grand Rapids 2, ROCKFORD 1 (Tyler Bertuzzi, 0:13)
Tyler Bertuzzi‘s game-winning goal 13 seconds into overtime for Grand Rapids last night was the fourth-fastest OT winner in Calder Cup Playoff history:
0:08 – Dennis Kassian, Buffalo Bisons (Apr. 26, 1970 vs. Springfield)
|In Short Order
Chris Mueller‘s game-winner for Hartford on Wednesday night was just the fifth shorthanded overtime goal scored in the Calder Cup Playoffs since 1994:
May 13, 2015 – Chris Mueller, Hartford Wolf Pack (at Hershey)
In the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championships yesterday, Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves as the United States defeated Switzerland, 3-1… Hellebuyck finished second in the AHL with 28 wins, first in minutes played and saves, and tied for third with six shutouts playing for the St. John’s IceCaps in 2014-15… 2008 Calder Cup champion Ondrej Pavelec made 19 saves in the Czech Republic’s 5-3 win over Finland.
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