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The Western Conference Finals resume with Game 3 tonight at Van Andel Arena after Utica and Grand Rapids split the first two games back in Central New York… It’s the first home game in 20 days for the Griffins, who are 5-0 on home ice this postseason… In his second game with the team, Dylan Larkin, Detroit’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, scored his first two professional goals to help Grand Rapids to a 4-2 win in Game 2 on Monday night… Teemu Pulkkinen (14-4-18) and Tyler Bertuzzi (7-4-11) each recorded a goal and an assist, and Tom McCollum (8-3, 2.56, .918) stopped 32 of 34 shots to earn the victory in net… Utica was mired in a 1-for-28 slump on the power play before Brendan Gaunce (4-3-7) and Sven Baertschi (3-6-9) scored with the man advantage late in Game 2… Jacob Markstrom (8-6, 1.97, .925) stopped 12 of 16 shots in two periods of work on Monday before yielding to Joacim Eriksson, who made his Calder Cup Playoff debut in relief… The Comets will be without forward Brandon DeFazio, who received a two-game AHL suspension following an interference incident in Game 2… The Griffins were 2-for-5 on the power play in Game 2, improving to 12-for-48 (25.0 percent) on the postseason… In Calder Cup Playoff history, there have been 191 best-of-seven series that were tied at 1-1; the Game 3 winner has gone on to win the series 136 times (71.2 percent)… Tonight’s game will air on NHL Network Radio (Sirius 211, XM 218).
Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
|Western Conference Finals History
The Robert W. Clarke Trophy is presented each season to the playoff champions of the AHL’s Western Conference… Here are the results of the Western Conference Finals since the league split into two conferences in 1995-96:
2014 – Texas Stars 4, Toronto Marlies 3
|Eastern Conference Finals
The Manchester Monarchs clinched their first-ever Eastern Conference championship with a 3-1 win over Hartford last night (recap)… The Monarchs will host Game 1 of the 2015 Calder Cup Finals on Sat., June 6.
Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
|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:
2015 – Manchester Monarchs 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
|Firing the Pul-cannon
Teemu Pulkkinen has tallied 14 goals for Grand Rapids so far this postseason… Only six players in AHL history have scored more:
26 – Bill McDougall, Cape Breton Oilers (1993)
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)
In Game 6 of the NHL’s Western Conference Final last night, Andrew Shaw scored twice and Duncan Keith recorded three assists as Chicago defeated Anaheim, 5-2, to even the series at three games apiece… Corey Crawford made 30 saves in the win… Game 7 is Saturday night in Anaheim, exactly nine years to the day after Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau led the Hershey Bears to a Game 7 win over Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and the Portland Pirates to advance to the 2006 Calder Cup Finals.
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