AHL Morning Skate: June 2

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2012 Calder Cup Finals – Game 2 – 7:15 ET
(NOR leads series, 1-0)
TV: Leafs TV, ESPN America
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The Calder Cup Finals kicked off with a hard-fought opener last night, taken by the host Norfolk Admirals, 3-1… Cory Conacher (2-9-11) and Tyler Johnson (4-6-10), both members of the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2011-12, picked up a goal and an assist each for the Admirals in Game 1… Conacher, who took home the AHL’s Les Cunningham Award (MVP), Dudley "Red" Garrett Award (rookie of the year) and Willie Marshall Award (top goal scorer) in the regular season, scored his second goal of the postseason and his first since May 4, in Game 2 of Norfolk’s second-round series vs. Connecticut… Brandon Segal (4-4-8), playing in his third Calder Cup Finals (2004, 2006 with Milwaukee), added the empty-net insurance goal with 18.3 seconds left and the Admirals skating at a 6-on-4 disadvantage… Carter Ashton (1-1-2), who began his rookie season by tallying 19-16-35 in 56 games for Norfolk before being traded to the Toronto organization, returned to the Marlies lineup after missing 11 games due to injury and scored his first goal of the playoffs… Ashton’s goal, 3:57 into the third period, was the first allowed by Dustin Tokarski (9-2, 1.60, .940) since the second period of Game 2 of Norfolk’s conference final series vs. St. John’s… Tokarski’s personal shutout streak of 203:26 fell just 4:01 short of the all-time Calder Cup Playoff record set by AHL Hall of Famer Marcel Paille with the 1962 Springfield Indians (207:27)… Ben Scrivens (11-3, 1.64, .945) finished with 39 saves, a season high for him… The Admirals were 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in Game 1, improving to 83-for-88 (94.3 percent) for the postseason… Norfolk was also 1-for-5 on the power play, and Johnson’s second-period goal was just the fourth power-play marker allowed by Toronto this postseason (62-for-66, 93.9 percent)… Norfolk, now 40-3 in its last 43 games, has won seven in a row while outscoring its opponents 23-4… The Marlies played Game 1 without injured forwards Matt Frattin (10-3-13), Nazem Kadri (3-7-10) and Mike Zigomanis (3-2-5), who have combined to score 16 of Toronto’s 45 playoff goals this spring..

2012 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)
E1-Norfolk Admirals vs. W2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 Fri., June 1 NORFOLK 3, Toronto 1 || Recap/Highlights
Game 2 Sat., June 2 Toronto at Norfolk, 7:15 
Game 3 Thurs., June 7 Norfolk at Toronto, 7:00
Game 4 Sat., June 9 Norfolk at Toronto, 3:00 
*Game 5 Sun., June 10 Norfolk at Toronto, 3:00 
*Game 6 Wed., June 13 Toronto at Norfolk, 7:15 
*Game 7 Fri., June 15 Toronto at Norfolk, 7:30
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Morning Stories

Virginian-Pilot: Admirals take 1-0 lead in Calder Cup Finals
Virginian-Pilot: Admirals clearly have the "upper glove"
Toronto Star: Marlies drop Calder Cup Finals opener
Toronto Sun: Marlies rattled in Calder Cup opener
Canadian Press: Marlies offense sputters in Game 1 loss

From Calder to Stanley

Jonathan Quick made 16 saves as Los Angeles opened the 2012 Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 overtime win over New Jersey in Game 1 on Wednesday night… Colin Fraser, who scored three career Calder Cup Playoff goals in his time with Norfolk (2004-07) and Rockford (2007-08), netted the first goal of his NHL playoff career for the Kings, while Jordan Nolan, who skated in 40 AHL games with Manchester this season, notched an assist… Anton Volchenkov, an AHL All-Star in 2005, scored for the Devils… Game 2 is tonight in Newark.

By the Numbers

17 – Times, in the last 18 seasons, that Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals has been decided by either a single goal or a goal plus an empty-netter… The only exception since 1995 was Hamilton’s 4-0 win over Hershey to open the 2007 Finals.

3-39 – All-time Calder Cup Finals series record of teams trailing 0-2… Toronto looks to avoid that deficit in Game 2 tonight.

On This Date

June 2, 2009Jason Jaffray‘s hat trick includes the game-winning goal with 46.9 seconds left in regulation as Manitoba evens the Calder Cup Finals with a 3-1 win over Hershey in Game 2 at the MTS Centre.

June 2, 2007 – Behind two Scott Barney goals, Hershey bounces back from a Game 1 loss and doubles up Hamilton, 4-2, to even the Calder Cup Finals at a game apiece.

June 2, 2006Scottie Upshall and Darren Haydar score goals and Pekka Rinne makes 36 saves as Milwaukee defeats Hershey, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 2, 2005 – Mike Richards scores and Antero Niittymaki stops 27 shots as Philadelphia opens the Calder Cup Finals with a 1-0 win in Chicago.

June 2, 2004Andrew Hutchinson scores twice and Darren Haydar records three assists as Milwaukee downs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 8-4, in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 2, 2000Jean-Francois Labbe’s 40-save shutout leads Hartford to a 3-0 win over Rochester and a 3-2 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

June 2, 1996Steve Shields makes 29 saves as Rochester grabs a 2-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals with a 5-1 win over Portland.

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