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AHL Morning Skate: May 25

May 25, 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

wbs  stj
Game 2 - 6:00 ET - AHL Live (WBS leads series, 1-0)
Just as it did last spring, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals with a 3-2 win over St. John's at Mile One Centre last night... The Penguins defeated Syracuse in Game 1 last year before losing the next four... Chuck Kobasew (6-6-12), Conor Sheary (6-4-10) and Tom Kostopoulos (4-5-9) scored for Wilkes-Barre and Peter Mannino (8-4, 2.47, .904) made 31 saves last night as the Penguins improved to 4-2 on the road this postseason, with both losses having come in overtime... Sheary extended his point-scoring streak to seven games (6-3-9)... Andrew Gordon (8-2-10) scored both goals for St. John's, and now has 7-3-10 in 13 career playoff games vs. Wilkes-Barre... Gordon and Eric O'Dell (7-0-7) have combined to score 15 of the IceCaps' 31 playoff goals... Michael Hutchinson (7-4, 1.89, .937) finished with 29 saves for St. John's... Kyle MacKinnon (1-2-3) tallied an assist, his third straight game with a point after going scoreless in his first eight playoff games... St. John's allowed the first goal in Game 1 for just the second time in 11 outings this postseason... Excluding shootouts, St. John's has not lost consecutive home games in more than 13 months, since Wilkes-Barre won there Apr. 13-14, 2013... The Penguins are 5-0 all-time in Game 1 of a conference finals; they are 1-3 in Game 2 entering tonight.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
4-St. John’s IceCaps vs. 6-W-B/Scranton Penguins | Series Snapshot
Game 1 – Sat., May 24 – W-B/Scranton 3, ST. JOHN'S 2
Game 2 – Sun., May 25 – W-B/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 28 – St. John’s at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 4 – Thu., May 29 – St. John’s at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., May 31 – St. John’s at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 6 – Tue., June 3 – W-B/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 4 – W-B/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00
   *if necessary... All times Eastern

Alumni Watch
2012-13 AHL rookie of the year Tyler Toffoli scored the go-ahead goal and 2005 Calder Cup champion Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists as Los Angeles defeated Chicago, 4-3, to take a 2-1 lead in the NHL's Western Conference Finals last night... Two-time AHL All-Star Slava Voynov also scored for the Kings... Los Angeles's lineup included 11 former Manchester Monarchs; Chicago's lineup featured 10 former Rockford IceHogs.

Road Warriors
Road teams are 27-30 in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, but 12-2 in Game 1's:

Conference Finals
Game 1 - W-B/Scranton 3, ST. JOHN'S 2
Game 1 - Toronto 5, TEXAS 1

Conference Semifinals
Game 1 - Norfolk 3, ST. JOHN'S 2
Game 1 - Providence 4, W-B/SCRANTON 0
Game 1 - TEXAS 5, Grand Rapids 2
Game 1 - Toronto 5, CHICAGO 2

Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1 - MANCHESTER 2, Norfolk 0
Game 1 - Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Game 1 - W-B/Scranton 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT)
Game 1 - St. John's 2, ALBANY 1
Game 1 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT)
Game 1 - Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT)
Game 1 - Toronto 6, MILWAUKEE 2
Game 1 - Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (2OT)

Working Overtime

There have been 15 overtime games played in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

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)
May 13 - NORFOLK 3, St. John's 2 (Andre Petersson, 13:10)
May 14 - W-B/Scranton 5, PROVIDENCE 4 (Simon Despres, 26:32)
May 14 - TORONTO 4, Chicago 3 (Jerry D'Amigo, 3:28)
May 16 - PROVIDENCE 3, W-B/Scranton 2 (Cory Kane, 6:31)
May 16 - Texas 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (Chris Mueller, 3:18)

Eastern Conference Finals History
The Richard F. Canning Trophy is presented each season to the playoff champions of the AHL's Eastern Conference... Here are the results of the Eastern Conference Finals since the league split into two conferences in 1995-96:

2013 - Syracuse Crunch 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1
2012 - Norfolk Admirals 4, St. John's IceCaps 0
2011 - Binghamton Senators 4, Charlotte Checkers 0
2010 - Hershey Bears 4, Manchester Monarchs 2
2009 - Hershey Bears 4, Providence Bruins 1
2008 - W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Portland Pirates 3
2007 - Hershey Bears 4, Manchester Monarchs 0
2006 - Hershey Bears 4, Portland Pirates 3
2005 - Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Providence Bruins 2
2004 - W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3
2003 - Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Binghamton Senators 1
2002 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2001 - Saint John Flames 4, Providence Bruins 1
2000 - Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3
1999 - Providence Bruins 4, Fredericton Canadiens 2
1998 - Saint John Flames 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
*1997 - Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Albany River Rats 1
*1996 - Portland Pirates 4, Saint John Flames 3
  *known as Northern Conference

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