AHL Morning Skate: 5.22.19

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.

Playoff Brackets | Today’s Scoreboard | League Stats | Series Infographics

Game 4 – Thursday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(CHA leads series, 2-1)

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. N3-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 17 – Toronto 2, CHARLOTTE 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sat., May 18 – CHARLOTTE 5, Toronto 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Tue., May 21 – Charlotte 5, TORONTO 1 | Recap/Highlights
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

Game 3 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 1-1)

The Western Conference Finals head to California with San Diego and Chicago all tied at one game apiece entering tonight’s Game 3… Kevin Boyle made just his third start of the postseason in Game 2 on Saturday and stopped all 29 shots he faced in the Gulls’ 3-0 victory… An AHL All-Star in 2019, Boyle (2-0, 2.10, .927) has allowed one goal on 49 shots in his last two appearances after giving up three goals on six shots in 6:15 of work in the first-round opener against San Jose… Sam Carrick (6-7-13), Jack Kopacka (1-1-2) and Sam Steel (5-7-12) scored San Diego’s goals in Game 2, and Kiefer Sherwood (4-4-8) added two assists… Max Comtois (5-4-9) picked up an assist for his ninth point in eight playoff games… Oscar Dansk (7-4, 2.36, .911) made 20 saves for Chicago in the Game 2 loss… San Diego scored the game’s first goal for just the fourth time in 12 playoff contests (4-0); Chicago allowed the first goal for the fifth time in 13 games (2-3)… The Gulls are 1-for-5 on the power play in the series, while the Wolves are 1-for-6… Game 2 marked the Wolves’ first home shutout loss in a playoff game since the opener of the 2005 Calder Cup Finals vs. Philadelphia (Antero Niittymaki)… Chicago has never lost a Calder Cup Playoff series after winning Game 1 (14-0).

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) | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sat., May 18 – San Diego 3, CHICAGO 0 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Wed., May 22 – Chicago at San Diego, 10:00, AHLTV
Game 4 – Fri., May 24 – Chicago at San Diego, 10:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
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

Alumni Watch
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, St. Louis won the Western Conference championship with a 5-1 victory over San Jose… Jordan Binnington, who spent the first half of the 2018-19 season with AHL San Antonio, made 25 saves for his 12th win of the playoffs.

In the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia yesterday, Jan Rutta, who played 26 AHL games this season between Rockford and Syracuse, scored the winning goal with 1:27 remaining as the Czech Republic beat Switzerland, 5-4… 2009 AHL All-Star Artem Anisimov scored in Russia’s 7-4 win over Sweden… 2000 AHL All-Star Ladislav Nagy had an assist and scored in the shootout as Slovakia beat Denmark, 2-1… Kyle Turris and Jared McCann scored and Matt Murray made 28 saves as Canada shut out the United States, 3-0… Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Philipp Grubauer made 39 saves as Germany defeated Finland, 4-2.

Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
Don’t miss a second on the road to the 2019 Calder Cup championship. AHLTV features live streaming of every AHL game in high definition on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices, as well as OTT platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. A subscription is just $24.99 for the entire postseason, or just $7.99 for a day pass. Visit theahl.com/AHLTV for details.