A day after its scheduled start, the puck finally dropped on Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night and the Grand Rapids Griffins blanked the Oklahoma City Barons, 4-0, to even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
Game 4 was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was delayed by a tornado emergency and eventually postponed after heavy rains caused parts of the Cox Convention Center to flood.
Game 5 is set for Sunday afternoon at 5 ET (AHL Live).
The Griffins, trying to snap a two-game skid, got a season-high 40 saves from Petr Mrazek, who earned his third shutout of the playoffs.
Grand Rapids opened the scoring 12:08 into the game, as Gustav Nyquist fed Joakim Andersson down low and Andersson swept a shot past Yann Danis (28 saves) for a power-play goal. Nyquist and Andersson were both making their return to Grand Rapids following Detroit’s elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs earlier in the week.
Less than seven minutes later, with the teams skating four aside, Landon Ferraro finished off a nifty passing play and put Grand Rapids ahead 3-0.
Jan Mursak hit an empty net from just outside the blue line with 1:49 to go in regulation, making the final margin 4-0.
The Griffins, 0-for-9 on the power play in the series prior to Saturday, went 2-for-2 with the man advantage in Game 4. The Barons were 0-for-4.
Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
3-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. 5-Oklahoma City Barons
Game 1 – Fri., May 24 – GRAND RAPIDS 2, Oklahoma City 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 25 – Oklahoma City 4, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Game 3 – Wed., May 29 – OKLAHOMA CITY 4, Grand Rapids 1
Game 4 – Sat., June 1 – Grand Rapids 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 0
Game 5 – Sun., June 2 – Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City, 5:00
Game 6 – Tue., June 4 – Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 5 – Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern