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Game 4 – 8:00 ET, AHL Live, NHL Home Ice Radio (OKC leads series, 2-1)
Oklahoma City and San Antonio resume their Western Conference semifinal series tonight with Game 4 at the AT&T Center… The Barons took a 2-1 series lead with back-to-back overtime wins, most recently Monday’s 2-1 decision on Chris VandeVelde‘s goal 15:50 into the extra session… VandeVelde (2-0-2), who hadn’t scored since Mar. 13 before Game 2 of the series, now has a goal in two straight contests… Anton Lander (2-1-3) got Oklahoma City on the board just 1:18 into the game, and the lead held up until James Wright (3-4-7) tied it for the Rampage with 8:54 left in regulation… Yann Danis (5-2, 2.03, .904) stopped 25 of 26 shots on the night to improve to 3-0 for his career in Calder Cup Playoff overtime games… Jacob Markstrom (4-2, 2.81, .908) took the loss in Game 3 despite shutting out the Barons for 74:32 between goals… Jon Matsumoto recorded an assist for San Antonio and is tied for the AHL playoff scoring lead with 4-8-12 in eight games… The Rampage were 1-for-5 on the power play, and have now scored at least one PPG in seven of their eight postseason games (13-for-36, 36.1 percent)… Oklahoma City ranks first in the AHL in goals scored (3.57 per game), second in goals allowed (2.14), third in shots per game (35.1) and first in shots allowed (22.4 per game) during the playoffs… The Barons are 3-0 on the road this postseason, outscoring their hosts 11-2.
From Calder to Stanley
Jason Chimera, a Calder Cup conference finalist with Hamilton in 2002, scored the game-winning goal on an assist from two-time Calder Cup winner John Carlson as the Washington Capitals pulled out a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their second-round series last night… Braden Holtby, a member of Hershey’s championship team in 2010, made 30 saves in the win, which evened the series at three games apiece.
By the Numbers
4 – Honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame in attendance at last night’s Norfolk-Connecticut playoff game… Gordie Howe, Mark Howe, Mark Messier and Ray Bourque all took in the contest from Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
4 – Consecutive wins by the Toronto Marlies to finish off Abbotsford in five games and advance to the Western Conference Finals… It was the Heat’s first four-game losing streak of the season.
On This Date
May 10, 2011 – Casey Wellman scores the tiebreaking goal with 1:21 left in regulation and Houston advances to the Western Conference Finals with a 4-2 win in Game 7 at Milwaukee.
May 10, 2010 – David Desharnais nets the winning goal and records an assist as Hamilton finishes off its division final series in six games with a 4-0 win over Abbotsford.
May 10, 2008 – Scott Clemmensen makes 30 saves to backstop Toronto to a 3-2 win at Syracuse, forcing a seventh game in their second-round playoff series.
May 10, 2007 – Loui Eriksson scores eight seconds into the game, Matt Niskanen records two assists and Dan Ellis makes 36 saves as Iowa staves off elimination with a 5-1 win over Chicago in Game 5 of their West Division final.
May 10, 2005 – Mike Richards, R.J. Umberger, Joni Pitkanen and Patrick Sharp all score for Philadelphia in a 5-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the Phantoms take a 3-1 series lead in the East Division Finals.
May 10, 1994 – Jeff Sirkka scores 4:52 into overtime, sending Portland to the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-3 win in Game 6 at Adirondack.
May 10, 1982 – The New Brunswick Hawks, led by rookies Steve Larmer and Steve Ludzik, win the Calder Cup with a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Whalers.
May 10, 1966 – At Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Mike Walton’s hat trick in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals leads Rochester to a 7-0 win over Cleveland and a 3-2 series lead.
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