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the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.
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The Central Division Finals get underway tonight at Quicken Loans Arena with Lake Erie hosting Grand Rapids in Game 1… The Monsters were 21st in the 30-team AHL in offense during the regular season, but scored 15 goals in their three-game sweep of Rockford to advance to the second round for the first time in franchise history… Lake Erie was the first team since Hershey in 2010 (vs. Albany) to score at least five goals in three consecutive games in the same playoff series… Grand Rapids, meanwhile, swept first-place Milwaukee while allowing just three goals — and just one at even strength — in the entire three-game series… Josh Anderson (4-1-5) leads the Monsters in playoff scoring, with Oliver Bjorkstrand (2-2-4) and Alex Broadhurst (1-3-4) adding four points each… Joonas Korpisalo (3-0, 2.00, .924) allowed six goals on 79 shots in the first round for Lake Erie… Anthony Mantha (3-1-4) notched four points for the Griffins in the first round vs. Milwaukee, matching his total (2-2-4) from 16 games last postseason… Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi (3-0-3) accounted for six of Grand Rapids’ nine goals in the series… Tom McCollum (3-0, 1.00, .968) stopped 91 of 94 shots to earn all three wins for the Griffins… Grand Rapids won seven of 12 meetings with Lake Erie during the regular season… The Monsters, who were 5-for-40 on the power play against the Griffins in 2015-16, were 5-for-11 on the power play in the first round vs. Rockford… Tonight marks the latest calendar date for an AHL contest in Cleveland since the Barons hosted Rochester in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals on May 13, 1966 (see below).
Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
The budding rivalry between Ontario and San Diego ramps up as the teams meet in the Pacific Division Finals beginning tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena… The SoCal neighbors — and top development teams of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks — met 12 times during the regular season, with the Gulls (8-4-0-0) being the only team to post a winning record against the Reign in 2015-16… Ontario and San Diego took similar paths to the second round; both won Game 1 and lost Game 2 on the road before returning home and closing out their respective series in four… The Reign got past a pesky San Jose club in the division semis, escaping with three narrow wins despite outshooting the Barracuda by a 151-80 total… Nic Dowd (2-2-4) led Ontario in scoring, and Jonny Brodzinski (2-1-3), Adrian Kempe (2-0-2) and Kurtis MacDermid (2-0-2) added two goals apiece in the series… Peter Budaj (3-1, 1.51, .925) has now started 64 of Ontario’s 72 games this season… Chris Mueller (2-3-5) and Mike Sgarbossa (1-4-5) led San Diego’s offense in the first round vs. Texas, and 10 different Gulls skaters scored a goal in the series… In 2014, Anaheim’s AHL affiliate (then Norfolk) upset Los Angeles’s AHL affiliate (then Manchester), three games to one, in a first-round meeting between the 8-seed and the 1-seed in the Eastern Conference.
Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
|About Last Night|
#HERvsWBS: Daniel Sprong scored twice and Casey DeSmith made 33 saves for his first professional shutout as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Hershey, 4-0, in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Finals
There have been 5 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:
Apr. 28 – Portland 2, HERSHEY 1 (Rob Flick, 43:10)
|Cleveland in Springtime|
Despite its 50-season history in the AHL (1936-72, 2001-06, 2007- ), tonight is just the fifth time the city of Cleveland has ever hosted an AHL games during the month of May:
May 5, 2016 – Grand Rapids Griffins at Lake Erie Monsters
In Stanley Cup Playoff action last night, Matt Murray continued his standout play with 34 saves to backstop Pittsburgh to a 3-2 overtime win over Washington in Game 4 of their series… Murray, who has won 15 of his 18 decisions in his brief NHL career, was a Second Team AHL All-Star with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16 after being named the AHL’s outstanding rookie and outstanding goaltender in 2014-15.