ROSEMONT, Ill. (theahl.com) … Patrick Sharp scored on an odd-man rush 3:50 into double overtime on Saturday night as Philadelphia defeated Chicago, 2-1, in Game 2 of the 2005 Calder Cup Finals at the Allstate Arena.
The Phantoms take a 2-0 series lead home to the Wachovia Center, where they play Game 3 on Wednesday.
In a game that featured 21 power plays, the only offense generated in regulation came on a pair of 5-on-3 advantages.
Steve Maltais broke the Wolves’ scoreless drought 4:52 into the second period, and John Slaney answered at the 14:11 mark.
Chicago had four separate two-man advantages on the night – including one in the first overtime period – and 13 power plays total, but managed just the one goal. The Wolves are now 10-for-109 on the power play in the postseason.
The Wolves also controlled the game from midway through the third period all the way through nearly 24 minutes of overtime, finishing with a 49-28 edge in shots, including 17-3 in OT.
The winning goal came on a 2-on-1 break, as Jeff Carter feathered a pass to Sharp, who beat Kari Lehtonen for his fifth goal of the postseason.
Antero Niittymaki again was a hero for the Phantoms, making 48 saves.
A crowd of 10,902 took in the game, which lasted exactly four hours.
Only four teams in AHL history have won a best-of-seven Calder Cup Playoff series after losing the first two games on home ice.