AHL Morning Skate: May 19

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Game 2 – 8:00 ET
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St. John’s tries to pull even in the Eastern Conference Finals as Norfolk hosts Game 2 tonight… The Admirals rolled to a 6-1 win in Thursday’s series opener, with defensemen scoring four of Norfolk’s six goals… Mike Kostka (3-5-8) scored twice, Jean-Philippe Cote (1-1-2) netted his first goal in 33 career playoff games and Keith Aulie (1-1-2) picked up his first goal in 73 games during 2011-12… Ondrej Palat (4-3-7) had a goal and an assist in Game 1 for the Admirals and Michel Ouellet (1-2-3) scored his first postseason goal since 2005… Dustin Tokarski (5-2, 2.21, .917) finished with 29 saves in the victory… Zach Redmond (1-2-3) scored the only goal for the IceCaps, his first since Apr. 3… Norfolk, 7-for-60 on the power play through the first two rounds, was 2-for-5 in Game 1; St. John’s was 1-for-7… Eddie Pasquale (7-5, 2.44, .920) allowed four goals on 21 shots before giving way to David Aebischer, who stopped 10 of 12 shots in his first Calder Cup Playoff action since 2000 with Hershey… Norfolk has outscored its opponents 12-2 in winning its last three games.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
1-Norfolk Admirals vs. 2-St. John’s IceCaps

Game 1 – Thurs., May 17 – NORFOLK 6, St. John’s 1 || Recap
Game 2 – Sat., May 19 – St. John’s at Norfolk, 8:00 
Game 3 – Mon., May 21 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00
Game 4 – Tue., May 22 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00 
*Game 5 – Sat., May 26 – Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00 
*Game 6 – Tue., May 29 – St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15
*Game 7 – Wed., May 30 – St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15

nor  tor
Series tied, 1-1

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
1-Oklahoma City Barons vs. 2-Toronto Marlies

Game 1 – Thurs., May 17 – Toronto 5, OKLAHOMA CITY 0 || Recap
Game 2 – Fri., May 18 – OKLAHOMA CITY 5, Toronto 1 || Recap
Game 3 – Mon., May 21 – Oklahoma City at Toronto, 3:00 
Game 4 – Wed., May 23 – Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00 
Game 5 – Fri., May 25 – Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00 
*Game 6 – Mon., May 28 – Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00 
*Game 7 – Wed., May 30 – Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00

   *if necessary… All times Eastern

From Calder to Stanley

Several coaches remaining in the Stanley Cup conference finals have Calder Cup experience on their resumes… New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella won an AHL championship as bench boss of the Rochester Americans in 1996… New Jersey assistant coaches Larry Robinson (Nova Scotia Voyageurs, 1972) and Adam Oates (Adirondack Red Wings, 1986) won Calder Cups during their playing careers, and Devils assistant Dave Barr was the general manager of the Calder Cup champion Houston Aeros in 2003… Los Angeles assistant coach and AHL Hall of Famer John Stevens won three Calder Cups as a player (Hershey Bears, 1988; Springfield Indians, 1991; Philadelphia Phantoms, 1998) and a fourth as head coach of the Phantoms in 2005… Phoenix associate coach Jim Playfair was head coach of the Saint John Flames, winning a Calder Cup in 2001, and Coyotes assistant John Anderson won Calder Cups as head coach of the Chicago Wolves in 2002 and 2008.

By the Numbers

6 – Of 54 games played in the first two rounds of this year’s postseason (11.1 percent) that were decided by four goals or more.

3 – Of three games played to date in the conference finals decided by four goals or more.

On This Date

May 19, 2010 – Down 2-0 in the series, Texas gets a goal from Ethan Graham 2:13 into overtime to grab a 5-4 win over Hamilton in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

May 19, 2007Kyle Wilson and David Steckel score twice, Tomas Fleischmann records three assists and Hershey rolls to a 7-2 win over Manchester in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

May 19, 2003Stacy Roest scores 6:30 into the second overtime as Grand Rapids staves off elimination with a 5-4 win at Houston in Game 5 of their Western Conference Final.

May 19, 2000 – J.F. Labbe makes 39 saves as Hartford snaps Providence’s AHL-record 16-game home playoff winning streak with a 5-3 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

May 19, 1983 – Led by head coach Mike Keenan, the Rochester Americans win the Calder Cup with a 3-1 win at Maine, completing a four-game Finals sweep.

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