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Eastern Conference semis open Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced the following schedules for the two Eastern Conference semifinal series in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs:

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “I”
4-St. John’s IceCaps vs. 8-Norfolk Admirals
Game 1 – Tue., May 6 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00
Game 2 – Wed., May 7 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00
Game 3 – TBD – St. John’s at Norfolk
Game 4 – TBD – St. John’s at Norfolk
*Game 5 – TBD – St. John’s at Norfolk
*Game 6 – TBD – Norfolk at St. John’s
*Game 7 – TBD – Norfolk at St. John’s
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “J”
6-W-B/Scranton Penguins vs. 7-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Fri., May 9 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 2 – Sat., May 10 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 3 – Wed., May 14 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 7:05
Game 4 – Fri., May 16 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., May 17 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 7:05
*Game 6 – Mon., May 19 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Wed., May 21 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
    *if necessary… All times Eastern

The Eastern Conference quarterfinals ended tonight with the Providence Bruins knocking off the Springfield Falcons, 6-3, in their winner-take-all Game 5. The Eastern Conference saw all three division winners — Manchester, Springfield and Binghamton — eliminated in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Western Conference semifinal schedules will be set after the completion of Game 5 of the conference quarterfinal series between the Chicago Wolves and the Rochester Americans on Sunday.

In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of all players competing in the NHL are AHL graduates, and through the years the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.