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AHL Morning Skate: May 3

May 3, 2014



Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest from around the American Hockey League in today's Morning Skate.

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Tonight's Previews

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Game 5 - 7:00 ET, AHL Live (Series tied, 2-2)
The Eastern Conference quarterfinal draw wraps up tonight with a winner-take-all Game 5 between the second-seeded Springfield Falcons and the seventh-seeded Providence Bruins at the MassMutual Center... Springfield is being led in scoring in the series by former Bruins forward Carter Camper (1-3-4) and two-time Calder Cup winner Patrick McNeill (0-4-4)... Captain Ryan Craig (2-1-3) is the only Falcons skater with more than one goal... Mike McKenna (2-2, 2.86, .924) has allowed 11 goals on 145 shots in the series but was lifted during Providence's 6-3 win in Game 4 back on Tuesday night... Matt Fraser (3-1-4), Ryan Spooner (2-2-4) and David Warsofsky (1-3-4) share the Bruins' scoring lead to date... Niklas Svedberg (1-2, 2.28, .916) started the first three games of the series, and rookie Malcolm Subban (1-0, 3.00, .912) got the call in Game 4... Providence has scored first in each of the first four games of the series... The Falcons are 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) on the power play, while the Bruins are 4-for-19 (21.1 percent)... Providence has a 155-117 advantage in shots on goal, and a 12-10 edge in scoring... Tonight is the 157th mutual-elimination playoff game in AHL history, and the 45th Game 5 in a best-of-five series... Since 2002, AHL teams are 41-11 when scoring the first goal in a winner-take-all game... A Springfield win tonight would pit the Falcons against Norfolk in the second round; a Providence win would set up a rematch of last year's seven-game classic between the Bruins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
2-Springfield Falcons vs. 7-Providence Bruins

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 23 – Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Providence 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 26 – SPRINGFIELD 3, Providence 2
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 29 – PROVIDENCE 6, Springfield 3
Game 5 – Sat., May 3 – Providence at Springfield, 7:00
   *if necessary... All times Eastern

About Last Night...
Andrew Gordon's hat trick led the offense and Michael Hutchinson's 39 saves made it stand up as St. John's eliminated Albany with a 4-1 win in Game 4 last night... Captain Jeff Hoggan scored twice during a three-goal second period as Grand Rapids moved past Abbotsford with a 5-3 victory in Game 4... Andrew Ebbett notched a goal and two assists as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rolled to a 5-1 win over Binghamton to eliminate their East Division rivals for the second consecutive postseason... Maxime Sauve's goal with 9:11 to play in regulation proved to be his second consecutive game-winner, lifting Norfolk to a 3-2 win over Manchester and a 3-1 series victory over the top-seeded Monarchs... Rochester scored twice in the opening two minutes of the game, setting the tone for a 7-2 victory over Chicago to force their Western Conference quarterfinal series to a fifth and deciding game.

Winner-Take-All
Springfield and Providence meet tonight in the 157th winner-take-all game in Calder Cup Playoff history... The Falcons are 1-2 all-time, including 1-0 at the MassMutual Center... The Bruins are 6-2 all-time, including 5-1 on the road.

Springfield Falcons (1-2)
2000, Game 5 - HARTFORD 7, Springfield 2
1997, Game 7 - HERSHEY 3, Springfield 1
1997, Game 5 - SPRINGFIELD 1, Portland 0 (OT)

Providence Bruins (6-2)
2013, Game 7 - W-B/Scranton 5, PROVIDENCE 0
2013, Game 5 - PROVIDENCE 3, Hershey 2
2007, Game 7 - Providence 5, HARTFORD 4
2001, Game 7 - Providence 3, WORCESTER 2 (OT)
2001, Game 5 - Providence 2, HARTFORD 1
2000, Game 7 - HARTFORD 3, Providence 2 (OT)
1997, Game 5 - Providence 3, WORCESTER 2
1995, Game 7 - Providence 6, PORTLAND 3

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)

Comeback Central
Fourteen of the first 30 games in this year's Calder Cup Playoffs have been come-from-behind victories:

Game 2 - Norfolk 3, MANCHESTER 2 (trailed 0-2)
Game 1 - Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT; trailed 0-1)
Game 3 - SPRINGFIELD 3, Providence 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 - W-B/Scranton 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 2 - BINGHAMTON 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-3)
Game 2 - ALBANY 4, St. John's 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT; trailed 0-2)
Game 2 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 1 - Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT; trailed 0-2, 1-3)
Game 2 - ROCHESTER 3, Chicago 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 - Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (2OT; trailed 0-1)
Game 2 - Grand Rapids 7, ABBOTSFORD 2 (trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 3 - Abbotsford 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1 (trailed 0-1)
Game 4 - GRAND RAPIDS 5, Abbotsford 3 (trailed 0-1)

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