Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s AHL Morning Skate.
Charlotte and Toronto go back at it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Bojangles’ Coliseum tonight… The Marlies opened the series with a hard-fought, tightly contested 2-1 victory last night, their eighth straight win to open the postseason… Mason Marchment (3-2-5) scored the decisive goal 57 seconds into the third period, his third goal in the last two games for Toronto… Dmytro Timashov (3-6-9) scored during a two-man advantage in the second period; Toronto is now 10-for-25 on the power play this postseason (40.0 percent)… Timashov has recorded a point in all eight playoff games for the Marlies… Jeremy Bracco (2-10-12) recorded an assist for his team-leading 12th point of the playoffs… Kasimir Kaskisuo (8-0, 1.49, .950), who made 26 saves in Game 1, has allowed just 12 goals on 242 shots this postseason… Haydn Fleury, coming off a seven-week stint in the NHL that included nine Stanley Cup Playoff games with Carolina, scored the Checkers’ only goal in Game 1… Jake Bean and captain Patrick Brown also returned to the Charlotte lineup after being assigned by the Hurricanes… Alex Nedeljkovic (6-2, 2.01, .918) stopped 26 of 28 shots in the loss, the Checkers’ first since Game 2 of the first round vs. Providence and their first setback on home ice since Apr. 6 vs. Springfield… Andrew Poturalski (5-8-13) and Morgan Geekie (5-6-11) were both held off the scoresheet for the first time in the playoffs… The Marlies are the ninth team in AHL history to begin a postseason with at least eight consecutive wins, and the first since the 2014 version of the Marlies also started 8-0… Toronto won for the 14th time in its last 16 road games, and improved to 11-0 over the last two postseasons in games when the series is tied.
Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. N3-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 17 – Toronto 2, CHARLOTTE 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 18 – Toronto at Charlotte, 6:00, AHLTV
Game 3 – Tue., May 21 – Charlotte at Toronto, 7:00, AHLTV
Game 4 – Thu., May 23 – Charlotte at Toronto, 7:00, AHLTV, TSN2
*Game 5 – Fri., May 24 – Charlotte at Toronto, 7:00, AHLTV, TSN2
*Game 6 – Sun., May 26 – Toronto at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV
*Game 7 – Tue., May 28 – Toronto at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV
*if necessary… All times Eastern
Chicago and San Diego play Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals after a back-and-forth affair in the series opener last night… Cody Glass scored on a breakaway 14:03 into overtime to give the Wolves a 5-4 victory in last night’s Game 1… The 20-year-old Glass (5-4-9), the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, joined the Wolves on Apr. 1 after his junior season with Portland (WHL) ended and has totaled 8-6-14 in 18 games with Chicago, including two overtime goals this postseason… The Wolves led by a goal on three separate occasions in regulation last night, but trailed 4-3 before Nic Hague (3-4-7) scored with 3:05 remaining… Tobias Lindberg (2-0-2), Daniel Carr (3-5-8) and Tye McGinn (4-6-10) also scored for Chicago in Game 1, and Tomas Hyka (2-8-10), Zach Whitecloud (2-6-8) and T.J. Tynan (2-6-8) notched two assists apiece… Maxime Comtois (5-3-8) led the Gulls with two goals, giving him eight points in seven playoff games… Corey Tropp (3-2-5) and Andy Welinski (3-6-9) scored San Diego’s other goals, and Adam Cracknell (6-8-14) recorded two assists to take over the league scoring lead with 14 points… Oscar Dansk (7-3, 2.39, .912) made 40 saves for the Wolves, who were outshot by a 44-28 margin in the game… Jeff Glass (6-4, 2.43, .912) stopped 23 shots in the loss… The Wolves have now won six straight home games… The Gulls have scored at least four goals in eight of their 11 playoff outings… San Diego has lost just once in regulation all postseason, but is 2-3 in overtime games… Tonight’s Game 2 is airing live on NHL Network.
Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. P3-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Fri., May 17 – CHICAGO 5, San Diego 4 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., May 18 – San Diego at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
Game 3 – Wed., May 22 – Chicago at San Diego, 10:00, AHLTV
Game 4 – Fri., May 24 – Chicago at San Diego, 10:00, AHLTV
*Game 5 – Sat., May 25 – Chicago at San Diego, 10:00, AHLTV
*Game 6 – Mon., May 27 – San Diego at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV
*Game 7 – Wed., May 29 – San Diego at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV
*if necessary… All times Eastern
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, Ivan Barbashev and Tyler Bozak scored and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves as St. Louis defeated San Jose, 2-1, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.
In the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia yesterday, 2012 Calder Cup champion Richard Panik tallied a goal and two assists in Slovakia’s 6-3 win over France… Dmitrij Jaskin recorded two goals and an assist as the Czech Republic shut out Italy, 8-0.
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