Both teams get a day off Friday to recover from a hard-fought Game 1, which saw Philadelphia get the early jump with a 1-0 win over Chicago at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.Philadelphia has won Game 1 in all four of its series this postseason… The Phantoms are also 3-0 in Game 2 so far, and still have not trailed a series in the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs.Chicago is now 12-4 lifetime in Game 1’s at home… They went on to win each of the 15 previous series they opened at Allstate Arena.Last night’s game was the first 1-0 road win in Calder Cup Finals history, and the first 1-0 Finals game since Saint John’s Cup-clinching win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2001.Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs… The AHL record for a single postseason is six, set by Rochester’s Mika Noronen in 2000.Kari Lehtonen suffered the loss despite a 31-save effort… It was just the fifth loss in Lehtonen’s last 30 starts.Mike Richards scored the only goal of the game, taking a centering pass from Jon Sim on a power play 5:58 into the second period… The 2003 first-rounder, who made his professional debut in the division finals, now has 14 points in his first 11 games.Chicago was 0-for-5 on the power play in Game 1, dropping to 9-for-96 (9.4%) in the playoffs… Richards’ goal was just the seventh PPG allowed by the Wolves in 91 chances (92.3%).Chicago, which had led the AHL in postseason scoring averaging 3.29 goals per game, was shut out on home ice for the first time since a 2-0 defeat against Milwaukee back on Dec. 10, 2003… The Wolves (3.07) are now second to Philadelphia (3.11).Chicago mayor Richard Daley and Philadelphia mayor John Street have formed a friendly wager based on the outcome of the 2005 Calder Cup Finals… If the Wolves win the Cup, Street will send a dozen Philly cheesesteaks to Daley; if the Phantoms win, five large deep-dish pizzas head to Philadelphia.
QUOTABLE:“Both goalies played solid. The goal was a weird bounce. I don’t think God could have stopped it, but Kari did try.” — Chicago head coach John Anderson, on the performance of Kari Lehtonen and Antero Niittymaki in Thursday’s Game 1.
ON THIS DATE:June 3, 2002 — Steve Maltais nets a hat trick and Yuri Butsayev scores 2:05 into the second overtime to give Chicago a 4-3 win over Bridgeport and its first Calder Cup championship in front of 15,132 fans at Allstate Arena.June 3, 1998 — Peter White gets the winner 2:54 into overtime as Philadelphia beats Saint John, 4-3, in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals… It was the third straight OT game in the series.
2005 Calder Cup Finals schedule