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the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.
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The Eastern Conference Finals resume on Wednesday night with Game 3 in Toronto, as the regular-season champion Marlies face an 0-2 deficit in the best-of-seven… The Marlies have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 12-13… Twenty-four teams in AHL history have won a best-of-seven series after losing the first two games, including Toronto in 2008 (vs. Syracuse)… Hershey is 29-1 all-time in best-of-seven series when taking a 2-0 lead (only loss: 1989 vs. Adirondack Red Wings, up 3-0).
Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
With a 2-0 series lead after a big weekend in California, Lake Erie returns home for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals tonight at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland… The Monsters defeated the Reign, 3-2, on Sunday night, handing Ontario its first back-to-back losses on home ice since dropping three in a row from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3… Lake Erie raced out to a 2-0 lead in Game 2 when Markus Hannikainen and Lukas Sedlak scored 12 seconds apart… Hannikainen (1-5-6) and Sedlak (6-4-10) each recorded a goal and an assist, Ryan Craig (3-7-10) notched two assists and Anton Forsberg (3-0, 2.04, .932) stopped 27 shots for the Monsters, who have won 18 of their last 22 games overall… T.J. Tynan (1-4-5) scored what stood up as the game-winning goal, his first goal of the playoffs… Paul Bissonnette (1-1-2) and Kevin Gravel (1-6-7) both scored their first career playoff goals for the Reign… Making his 71st start in 79 Ontario games this season, Peter Budaj (7-4, 2.05, .908) finished with 18 saves in Game 2… Lake Erie improved to 6-1 on the road and 6-1 in one-goal games this postseason… The Reign had allowed a total of two first-period goals all postseason (10 games) before the Monsters scored twice in the opening frame of Game 2… Ontario has scored 13 goals in its last six games — 10 in the third period or overtime, but just three in the second period and none in the first… Lake Erie is 2-for-8 on the power play in the series; Ontario’s opponents had been 2-for-29 over the first two rounds.
Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
There have been 13 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 8-5:
May 21 – HERSHEY 3, Toronto 2 (Carter Camper, 9:09)
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, Joe Pavelski notched two goals and an assist as San Jose defeated St. Louis, 6-3, to take a 3-2 series lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final… Joel Ward also scored twice and 2010 AHL All-Star Logan Couture recorded his 14th assist of the postseason, tied for the NHL lead… 2011 AHL All-Star Martin Jones stopped 18 shots in the win.
Seven players who skated in the American Hockey League during the 2015-16 won medals at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia… Michael Matheson (Portland Pirates) and Calvin Pickard (San Antonio Rampage) helped Canada to a gold medal; Mikko Rantanen (San Antonio Rampage), Esa Lindell (Texas Stars), Juuse Saros (Milwaukee Admirals) and Ville Pokka (Rockford IceHogs) won silver with Finland; and Alexey Marchenko (Grand Rapids Griffins) captured bronze with Russia.