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Calder Cup Notebook: May 24

Notes from an exciting weekend of action in the AHL’s Calder Cup 2004 conference final series:

  • Milwaukee moved one step closer to a trip to the Calder Cup 2004 Final with back-to-back wins over Rochester at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo over the weekend… Darren Haydar and Timofei Shishkanov scored 68 seconds apart midway through Game 4 as the Admirals turned a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory.

  • Total attendance for the two games in Buffalo was 15,319.

  • Shishkanov’s game-winning goal was his first tally in 10 games for Milwaukee… Haydar’s goal was his team-leading eighth of the postseason.

  • Wade Flaherty stopped 75 of 78 shots in the two games, and has now won nine of his last 11 starts.

  • After tallying 11 points in his previous five outings, Rochester’s Domenic Pittis was held scoreless in Games 3 and 4.

  • Three weeks ago, the Amerks became the 12th team in AHL history to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3-1, beating Syracuse in the division semifinals… No team has ever accomplished that feat twice in the same postseason.

  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled out a 5-4 win in Hartford on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference final at two wins apiece.

  • Kris Beech scored two goals and assisted on another, and the Penguins converted on three of six power play opportunities.

  • Sebastien Caron got the call for Wilkes-Barre in Game 4, his first start since Game 2 of the division finals against Philadelphia on May 7.

  • Matt Murley has finished off each of the Penguins’ last three victories with an empty-net goal.

  • The Wolf Pack scored two shorthanded goals in Saturday’s 3-2 victory, giving them five man-down scores in 13 playoff games… Philadelphia owns the AHL playoff record with six SHG during its 1998 championship run.

  • All four games played on Saturday and Sunday were decided by one goal… The Game 4 loss was Hartford’s first one-goal setback since a 1-0 loss to Portland on Mar. 20… Records in one-goal games this postseason: Hartford (6-1), Milwaukee (6-3), Wilkes-Barre (5-5), Rochester (1-6)… The most one-goal games played in a single postseason was Houston’s 15 during the Calder Cup 2003 Playoffs.

    QUOTABLE:

  • “Obviously I shouldn’t write anything on the board.” — Hartford head coach Ryan McGill, after Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored three power play goals in Sunday’s 5-4 win. Before the game, McGill’s one-word message on the chalkboard in the Wolf Pack locker room was Discipline.

    ON THIS DATE:

  • May 24, 2002Bob Nardella scores with 2.7 seconds left in regulation and Andreas Karlsson scores 13:58 into overtime as Chicago defeats Bridgeport, 5-4, in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Final.
  • May 24, 2000J.F. Labbe makes 26 saves as Hartford beats Rochester in the first 1-0 Calder Cup Final game in 19 years.
  • May 24, 1998Martin St. Louis records a goal and an assist and Tyler Moss makes 32 saves in relief of Jean-Sebastien Giguere as Saint John scores seven times off Dan Cloutier and posts a 7-3 win over Hartford to advance to the Calder Cup Final.
  • May 24, 1991Michel Picard‘s goal six minutes into the third period stands up as the game-winner as Springfield defeats Rochester, 5-3, to win its second consecutive Calder Cup.

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    Previous Calder Cup Notebooks:
    Sunday, May 23
    Saturday, May 22
    Friday, May 21
    Thursday, May 20
    Wednesday, May 19