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Crunch, Penguins to battle for East crown

May 22, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League has announced the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The series will pit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, top affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, against the Syracuse Crunch, top development club for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a best-of-seven series beginning Saturday night in Syracuse.

The Penguins advanced on Wednesday night with a 5-0 victory at Providence, becoming the third team in the 77-year history of the American Hockey League to come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win.

Syracuse earned a spot in the conference finals with a four-game sweep of the Springfield Falcons in the second round.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
3-Syracuse Crunch vs. 5-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Game 1 – Sat., May 25 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 2 – Sun., May 26 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 29 – Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 4 – Fri., May 31 – Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., June 1 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 6 – Mon., June 3 – Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Wed., June 5 – W-B/Scranton at Syracuse, 7:00
    *if necessary... All times Eastern

In the Western Conference Finals, the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) will take on the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers) beginning Friday night.

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
3-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. 5-Oklahoma City Barons

Game 1 – Fri., May 24 – Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 25 – Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 29 – Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City, 8:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 31 – Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City, 8:00
*Game 5 – Sat., June 1 – Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City, 8:00
*Game 6 – Tue., June 4 – Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 5 – Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7:00
    *if necessary... All times Eastern