AHL Morning Skate: June 9

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2012 Calder Cup Finals – Game 4 – 3:00 ET
(NOR leads series, 3-0)
TV: Sportsnet ONE, CBS Sports Network, ESPN America
Satellite Radio: NHL Home Ice (Sirius 207, XM 92)
Webcast: AHL Live

Game Notes (PDF): http://bit.ly/KnI9YO
Daily Stat Report:

The Norfolk Admirals are one win away from their first Calder Cup championship after Thursday night’s 1-0 overtime win over Toronto in Game 3… Etobicoke, Ont., native Mike Kostka (4-6-10) scored the only goal of the game 9:09 into overtime when his dump-in from the center-ice dot caromed off a stanchion deep in the Marlies zone and rolled into the net vacated by Ben Scrivens, who had gone behind the cage to play the puck… It was Kostka’s first point of the series and his first goal since scoring twice in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. St. John’s on May 17… Scrivens (11-5, 1.73, .941) made 30 saves but was saddled with Toronto’s third consecutive loss after entering the series with an 11-2 record… Dustin Tokarski (11-2, 1.49, .944) stopped 21 shots at the other end for his third shutout of the postseason… Kostka is tied for second among AHL defensemen in playoff scoring, one point behind Marlies rookie Jake Gardiner (2-9-11)… Thursday marked Norfolk’s second 1-0 overtime win in these playoffs; the Admirals also had a 2-0 series lead when they defeated St. John’s by that score in Game 3 of the conference finals… Thursday’s game also marked the first 1-0 OT game in Finals play since 1962, when Dave Creighton scored the only goal in the Buffalo Bisons’ win over the Springfield Indians… Norfolk, now 42-3 in its last 45 games going back to Feb. 10, has won nine in a row, the longest playoff winning streak in the AHL since Manitoba won 10 straight during the 2009 postseason… The Admirals have outscored its opposition 28-6 during the streak… Norfolk is 7-1 on the road in the playoffs after tying an AHL record with 28 road victories in the regular season… The Marlies are now 6-2 at home during the 2012 playoffs, and have not lost back-to-back games both played at home all season… Norfolk is 3-0 this postseason with a chance to close out a series; Toronto is 5-3 all-time when facing elimination… Toronto, 0-for-6 in Game 3, is now 1-for-20 on the power play in the series; Norfolk (0-for-4) is 1-for-13.

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 NORFOLK 4, Toronto 2 || Recap/Highlights 
Game 3 Thurs., June 7 Norfolk 1, TORONTO 0 (OT) || Recap/Highlights
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

Sportsnet.ca: Taking the high road
National Post: Marlies moving on from crushing OT loss
Globe and Mail: Marlies attempt to move on after controversy
Toronto Star: Marlies coach Eakins gracious
Toronto Sun: Marlies prayin’ to the hockey gods
Virginian-Pilot: Another twist in momentous season

From Calder to Stanley

Adam Henrique scored with 4:31 left in regulation as New Jersey staved off elimination with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final last night… For Henrique, who scored 25 goals as a rookie with the Albany Devils in 2010-11 and also appeared in three games with Albany earlier this year, it was his fourth goal of the postseason and his third game-winner… Former AHL All-Star Patrik Elias broke a scoreless tie at 7:56 of the third period, and Bryce Salvador recorded two assists for the Devils… Game 5 is tonight in Newark.

By the Numbers

2 – Teams in AHL history that have won a series after trailing 0-3: the 1960 Rochester Americans (vs. Cleveland) and the 1989 Adirondack Red Wings (vs. Hershey).

3 – Games in Calder Cup Finals history that have been played in Toronto… In addition to Thursday’s game, the Rochester Americans played two "home" games vs. the Cleveland Barons during the 1966 AHL title series at Maple Leaf Gardens.

16 – Sweeps in Calder Cup Finals history (two best-of-five, 14 best-of-seven)… The most recent came in 2005, when the Philadelphia Phantoms defeated the Chicago Wolves in four straight.

On This Date

June 9, 2010John Carlson scores the tiebreaking goal with 2:08 left in regulation as Hershey evens the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-2 win over Texas in Game 4.

June 9, 2009 – Giant Center is bursting at the seams in anticipation of seeing the Bears win the Calder Cup, but Cory Schneider makes 31 saves and Manitoba forces a Game 6 with a 3-2 win over Hershey.

June 9, 2003Tomas Plekanec and Jason Ward score first-period goals and Ty Conklin finishes with 36 saves as Hamilton pushes the Calder Cup Finals to the limit with a 2-1 win over Houston in Game 6 at Copps Coliseum.

June 9, 1999 – Steven King scores 55 seconds into the third overtime as Providence takes a 3-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals with a 3-2 win in Rochester.

June 9, 1997Ralph Intranuovo and Jeff Daw score 1:51 apart in the third period as Hamilton downs Hershey, 2-1, in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 9, 1996Scott Nichol’s overtime goal gives Rochester a 5-4 win over Portland and a 3-2 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

AHL Live

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