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Game 2 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live (ABB leads series, 1-0)
Abbotsford has already stolen home-ice advantage thanks to a Game 1 win over Toronto; now the Heat can take a commanding series lead back home with a repeat in Game 2 at Ricoh Coliseum tonight… The Heat extended their winning streak to 11 games (including a 4-0 mark in the playoffs) with a 3-1 win over the Marlies in the series opener on Tuesday… Max Reinhart, a third-round draft choice by Calgary in 2010, scored the first goal in Game 1 and assisted on Chris Breen‘s game-winner at 8:17 of the second period… Reinhart now has 3-1-4 in his first three professional games… Breen’s goal was his first in 47 games, since Dec. 29 vs. Texas… Guillaume Desbiens (1-0-1) capped the scoring with an empty-net goal after Matt Frattin (2-2-4) had drawn the Marlies to within 2-1 early in the third period… Danny Taylor (4-0, 1.75, .938) stopped 31 of 32 shots to run his personal winning streak to nine games… Toronto has won nine of its last 12 games, but all three losses have been at the hands of the Heat.
Game 1 – 8:00 ET, AHL Live
Oklahoma City and San Antonio kick off their Western Conference semifinal at the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC tonight… The teams split their eight meetings in a regular-season series that was dominated by defense; the Barons managed just 15 goals in the eight games, while the Rampage scored only 11… The last two decisions were both 1-0 Rampage wins, Feb. 19 in Oklahoma City and in the season finale on Apr. 15 in San Antonio… Mark Arcobello (1-4-5) had a team-high five points for the Barons in a first-round series victory over Houston which saw the West’s top seed outscore the Aeros 14-4 over four games… Ryan Keller (2-2-4), Tyler Pitlick (2-2-4), Josh Green (2-1-3) and Hunter Tremblay (2-1-3) share the Barons team lead with two goals apiece in the postseason… Yann Danis (3-1, 1.01, .947) stopped 72 of 76 Houston shots in the first round… San Antonio’s Jon Matsumoto (3-6-9) led all AHL scorers in first-round scoring and is already the leading playoff scorer in Rampage franchise history… San Antonio was 2-0 in overtime in its first-round decision over Chicago, getting goals from defensemen Colby Robak (Game 1) and Roman Derlyuk (Game 5).
From Calder to Stanley
Dan Girardi assisted on the game-winning goal 14:41 into the third overtime period to send the N.Y. Rangers to a 2-1 win over Washington in Game 3 last night… Ryan McDonagh, who played 38 AHL games in Hartford last season, led all skaters with 53:17 of ice time and eight blocked shots… Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for his first career Stanley Cup Playoff shutout in Nashville’s 2-0 win over Phoenix last night… Rinne had four shutouts in 24 career AHL postseason appearances, including three for Milwaukee during their run to the 2006 Calder Cup Finals.
By the Numbers
6 – Goals scored by Abbotsford defenseman Chris Breen in his 148-game professional career.
3 – Career game-winning goals scored by Breen.
On This Date
May 3, 2008 – Down 1-0 in the series and 4-1 in the third period of Game 2 of the East Division Finals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallies and defeats Philadelphia, 5-4, on Chris Minard’s goal 2:07 into overtime.
May 3, 2003 – Ray Emery makes 26 saves as Binghamton shuts out Bridgeport, 3-0, to take a 3-2 lead in their conference semifinal series.
May 3, 2002 – The final game ever played at Hersheypark Arena goes to the Houston Aeros, as Jamie McLennan stops 32 shots in a series-clinching 7-1 win over Hershey.
May 3, 1997 – In a game that features 11 goals, five goaltenders and a league-record 350 penalty minutes, Philadelphia defeats Hershey, 7-4, in Game 2 of the Mid-Atlantic Division final.
May 3, 1978 – The Maine Mariners advance to the Calder Cup Finals in their first season with a 2-1 win over two-time defending champion Nova Scotia in a Game 7 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
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