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AHL Morning Skate: 5.24.19

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.

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CharlotteToronto
Game 5 – Tonight, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
TV: TSN2, Leafs Nation Network
Satellite Radio: NHL Network Radio (SiriusXM 91)
(Series tied, 2-2)

 

The Eastern Conference Finals will take another turn tonight as Toronto hosts Charlotte in Game 5 at Coca-Cola Coliseum… Michael Carcone scored his third goal of the game at 7:29 of overtime to give the Marlies a 4-3 win in Game 4 last night, tying the series at two games each… Carcone (6-4-10), acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs from Vancouver on Dec. 3 in exchange for Josh Leivo, set personal highs with three goals and four points in the contest… Carcone is the first player to score three goals including the overtime winner in a Calder Cup Playoff game since Bud Holloway for the Manchester Monarchs on Apr. 17, 2011 (at Binghamton)… Jeremy Bracco (4-10-14) also scored in Game 4 for the Marlies, who erased 2-1 and 3-2 deficits during a back-and-forth third period… Nicolas Roy (2-8-10), Jesper Sellgren (2-0-2) and Andrew Poturalski (8-9-17) scored for the Checkers… Trevor Carrick (1-8-9) has points in eight consecutive games after picking up an assist last night; it is the longest playoff scoring streak by an AHL defenseman since Chicago’s Joel Kwiatkowski and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Alex Goligoski had eight-game streaks in 2008… Charlotte was 1-for-4 on the power play in Game 4 and scored once shorthanded, their first two special-teams goals of the series… Toronto was 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 4, dropping to 2-for-14 (14.3 percent) in the series… Kasimir Kaskisuo (9-2, 2.04, .931) returned to the Marlies crease after being lifted following the second period in Game 3, and finished with 29 saves last night… Alex Nedeljkovic (7-3, 2.29, .911) turned aside 24 shots for the Checkers… The Marlies have now won their last eight playoff overtime games, tied for the third-longest such streak in Calder Cup history… Toronto’s Chris Mueller (5-5-10) has totaled 32 goals and 42 assists for 74 points in 99 career Calder Cup Playoff games; the two-time champion will be the 20th player ever to reach 100 postseason games played… In Calder Cup Playoff history, there have been 138 best-of-seven series that were tied at 2-2; the Game 5 winner has gone on to take the series 113 times (81.9 percent)… Tonight’s game will air live on TSN2 in Canada and can be heard on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

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 – TORONTO 4, Charlotte 3 (OT) | Recap/Highlights
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


Eastern Conference Finals History
The Richard F. Canning Trophy is presented each season to the playoff champions of the AHL’s Eastern Conference… Here are the results of the Eastern Conference Finals since the league split into two conferences in 1995-96:

2018 – Toronto Marlies 4, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 0
2017 – Syracuse Crunch 4, Providence Bruins 1
2016 – Hershey Bears 4, Toronto Marlies 1
2015 – Manchester Monarchs 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
2014 – St. John’s IceCaps 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
2013 – Syracuse Crunch 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1
2012 – Norfolk Admirals 4, St. John’s IceCaps 0
2011 – Binghamton Senators 4, Charlotte Checkers 0
2010 – Hershey Bears 4, Manchester Monarchs 2
2009 – Hershey Bears 4, Providence Bruins 1
2008 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Portland Pirates 3
2007 – Hershey Bears 4, Manchester Monarchs 0
2006 – Hershey Bears 4, Portland Pirates 3
2005 – Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Providence Bruins 2
2004 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3
2003 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Binghamton Senators 1
2002 – Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2001 – Saint John Flames 4, Providence Bruins 1
2000 – Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3
1999 – Providence Bruins 4, Fredericton Canadiens 2
1998 – Saint John Flames 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
*1997 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Albany River Rats 1
*1996 – Portland Pirates 4, Saint John Flames 3
*known as Northern Conference


Chicago @ San Diego
Game 4 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
TV: NHL Network, FOX 5 San Diego
Satellite Radio: NHL Network Radio (SiriusXM 91)

(SD leads series, 2-1)
 

San Diego hosts Chicago in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals tonight, looking to build on Wednesday’s 3-2 victory that gave the Gulls a 2-1 series lead… Sam Steel (6-7-13) and Trevor Murphy (1-3-4) scored unassisted goals in the second period of Game 3 to break a 1-1 tie and send San Diego to its second straight win… Murphy added an assist on a first-period goal by Corey Tropp (4-2-6) for a two-point night, and Kevin Boyle (3-0, 2.06, .923) turned aside 21 shots in the win… Steel’s goal was the Gulls’ second shorthanded tally of the postseason… Tye McGinn (5-6-11) and Curtis McKenzie (6-3-9) scored Chicago’s goals in Game 2… Oscar Dansk (7-5, 2.42, .910), making his 11th consecutive start in the Wolves net, stopped 26 of 29 shots… San Diego captain Jaycob Megna (0-2-2) is tied for the AHL lead with a plus-13 rating this postseason… The Gulls are 1-for-7 on the power play in the series, while the Wolves are 1-for-10… San Diego has gone 11 straight games without losing in regulation time (eight wins, three overtime losses)… Chicago has lost two straight games for the second time this postseason, but the Wolves haven’t had a three-game losing streak since Dec. 31-Jan. 4… Tonight’s game will air live on NHL Network and can be heard on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

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 – SAN DIEGO 3, Chicago 2 | Recap/Highlights
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


Western Conference Finals History
The Robert W. Clarke Trophy is presented each season to the playoff champions of the AHL’s Western Conference… Here are the results of the Western Conference Finals since the league split into two conferences in 1995-96:

2018 – Texas Stars 4, Rockford IceHogs 2
2017 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, San Jose Barracuda 1
2016 – Lake Erie Monsters 4, Ontario Reign 0
2015 – Utica Comets 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 2
2014 – Texas Stars 4, Toronto Marlies 3
2013 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Oklahoma City Barons 3
2012 – Toronto Marlies 4, Oklahoma City Barons 1
2011 – Houston Aeros 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2010 – Texas Stars 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2009 – Manitoba Moose 4, Houston Aeros 2
2008 – Chicago Wolves 4, Toronto Marlies 1
2007 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Chicago Wolves 1
2006 – Milwaukee Admirals 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 0
2005 – Chicago Wolves 4, Manitoba Moose 0
2004 – Milwaukee Admirals 4, Rochester Americans 1
2003 – Houston Aeros 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 3
2002 – Chicago Wolves 4, Houston Aeros 1
2001 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Hershey Bears 0
2000 – Rochester Americans 4, Hershey Bears 0
1999 – Rochester Americans 4, Philadelphia Phantoms 2
1998 – Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Albany River Rats 2
*1997 – Hershey Bears 4, Springfield Falcons 3
*1996 – Rochester Americans 4, Syracuse Crunch 1
*known as Southern Conference


Alumni Watch
In the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia yesterday, Mark Stone scored his second goal of the game 5:07 into overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win over Switzerland… Mihkail Grigorenko scored the winning goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves as Russia defeated the United States, 4-3… Rockford IceHogs goaltender Kevin Lankinen made 14 saves and assisted on the winning goal as Finland beat Sweden, 5-4… Jan Kovar, who began the 2018-19 season in Providence, notched two goals and an assist in the Czech Republic’s 5-1 win over Germany.


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.