CALDER CUP UPDATE:
Pekka Rinne stopped 36 of 37 shots as Milwaukee struck first in the 2006 Calder Cup Finals with a 2-1 win over Hershey last night… Scottie Upshall and Darren Haydar scored in the first period, and Rinne made 29 of his saves over the final 40 minutes as the Admirals won their 10th game in a row… Game 2 is tonight at the Bradley Center (8:00 ET), with the Bears looking to avoid an 0-2 deficit from which only two teams have ever come back in a Calder Cup championship series (Springfield 1991, Nova Scotia 1972)… Frederic Cassivi turned aside 34 shots in the loss for Hershey…
2006 Calder Cup Finals
W1-Milwaukee vs. E2-Hershey
Game 1 – MILWAUKEE 2, Hershey 1
Game 2 – Sat 6/3 at Milwaukee, 8:00
Game 3 – Sat 6/10 at Hershey, 7:00
Game 4 – Sun 6/11 at Hershey, 6:00
*Game 5 – Tue 6/13 at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Thu 6/15 at Milwaukee, 8:00
*Game 7 – Sat 6/17 at Milwaukee, 8:00
All times Eastern… *if necessary
BY THE NUMBERS:
2-1 — Final score of eight of the 16 Calder Cup Finals games played since 2003, including last night’s Game 1… Philadelphia and Chicago played two 2-1 games last year, Milwaukee and Wilkes-Barre played two in 2004, and Houston and Hamilton played three 2-1 games in 2003.
ON THIS DATE (June 3):
2002 – Steve Maltais nets a hat trick and Yuri Butsayev scores 2:05 into the second overtime period to give Chicago a 4-3 win over Bridgeport and its first Calder Cup championship… 1998 – Peter White gets the winner at 2:54 of OT as Philadelphia beats Saint John, 4-3, the third straight overtime game to begin the Calder Cup Finals.
Hershey Bears forward Dave Steckel is scheduled to enter the AHL Chat Room to answer fans’ questions live on theahl.com and caldercup.com, Wednesday, June 7, at 2:00 p.m. ET.
AHL ON B2 NETWORKS:
B2 Networks brings all the action of the 2006 Calder Cup Finals to your computer with live video webcasts of every game… Click here for details.