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AHL Morning Skate: 5.27.19

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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Charlotte vs. Toronto
(CHA wins series, 4-2)
 

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 4, TORONTO 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 6 – Sun., May 26 – CHARLOTTE 4, Toronto 3 (2OT) | Recap/Highlights


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:

2019 – Charlotte Checkers 4, Toronto Marlies 2
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


San Diego @ Chicago
Game 6 – Tonight, 8:00 ET, AHLTV
(CHI leads series, 3-2)
 

The Chicago Wolves can secure their first trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 11 years with a victory tonight in Game 6 against San Diego… The Wolves return home with a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals after a 5-2 victory over the Gulls in Game 5 on Saturday… Daniel Carr (5-5-10) scored with 14:36 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie, his second consecutive game-winning goal… Cody Glass (6-6-12), Tomas Hyka (3-11-14) and Tye McGinn (6-7-13) recorded a goal and an assist each for the Wolves in Game 5… In his first action since Apr. 23, Max Lagace (2-1, 3.34, .865) made 19 saves and also became the first goaltender in AHL history to be credited with scoring a goal in a playoff game… Chicago held San Diego’s high-powered offense to just 21 shots on goal in Game 5, seven in each period… Adam Cracknell (7-9-16) and Jacob Larsson (2-5-7) scored and Trevor Murphy (1-5-6) notched two assists for the Gulls, who lost in regulation for the first time since Game 2 of their first-round series with San Jose on Apr. 18… Kevin Boyle (3-2, 2.09, .925) turned aside 22 of 25 shots in the loss… Neither team has scored a power-play goal since Game 1 (both 0-for-12)… San Diego is 1-2 all-time when facing playoff elimination… Chicago has never lost a Calder Cup Playoff series when up three games to two (6-0).

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 – SAN DIEGO 3, Chicago 2 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Fri., May 24 – Chicago 2, SAN DIEGO 1 (2OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 5 – Sat., May 25 – Chicago 5, SAN DIEGO 2 | Recap/Highlights
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


Goals Scored by AHL Goaltenders
On Saturday night, Chicago’s Max Lagace became the 15th goaltender in AHL history to be credited with scoring a goal, and the first ever in the Calder Cup Playoffs:

Darcy Wakaluk, Rochester – Dec. 5, 1987 at Utica
Paul Cohen, Springfield – Mar. 28, 1992 vs. Rochester
Robb Stauber, Rochester – Oct. 9, 1995 at Prince Edward Island
Christian Bronsard, Syracuse – Oct. 30, 1999 at Rochester
Jean-Francois Labbe, Hartford – Feb. 5, 2000 at Quebec
Chris Mason, Milwaukee – Oct. 15, 2001 at Utah
Antero Niittymaki, Philadelphia – Apr. 11, 2004 at Hershey (OT goal)
Seamus Kotyk, Milwaukee – Apr. 17, 2005 at San Antonio
Drew MacIntyre, Manitoba – Feb. 20, 2008 at Chicago (OT goal)
Chris Holt, Binghamton – Mar. 19, 2010 vs. Rochester
Reto Berra, Lake Erie – Jan. 16, 2015 at Chicago
Jonas Gustavsson, Bakersfield – Mar. 24, 2017 vs. San Diego
Alex Nedeljkovic, Charlotte – Mar. 10, 2018 vs. Hartford
Tristan Jarry, W-B/Scranton – Nov. 14, 2018 at Springfield
Max Lagace, Chicago – May 25, 2019 at San Diego (playoffs)


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 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia yesterday, Rockford IceHogs goaltender Kevin Lankinen stopped 43 of 44 shots to lead Finland to a 3-1 victory over Canada in the gold-medal match… Mikhail Grigorenko and Artem Anisimov scored in regulation and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves as Russia captured the bronze medal with a 3-2 shootout win over the Czech Republic… Canada’s Mark Stone was selected as MVP of the tournament.


Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
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