Milwaukee one win away from Cup Finals

Darren Haydar and Timofei Shishkanov scored 1:08 apart midway through the second period as Milwaukee turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory over Rochester on Sunday evening in Buffalo.

The Admirals now own a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference championship series, and can secure a berth in the Calder Cup 2004 Final with a win in Rochester on Wednesday night.

The Amerks raced to a two-goal advantage on goals by defensemen David Cullen and Steve Lingren, a pair of former Calder Cup champions. Jason Pominville set up both goals.

Milwaukee began its comeback when Libor Pivko scored with 4:50 left in the first.

Haydar’s goal, his eighth of the postseason, came at the 9:51 mark of the second, and Shishkanov ended a 10-game drought just 68 seconds later.

Wade Flaherty, who made 40 saves in the Admirals’ overtime win on Saturday, came back with 35 stops in Game 4, improving his playoff record to 11-5.

Rochester now faces a 3-1 series deficit for the second time this spring. In the division semifinals, the Amerks became the 12th team in AHL history to dig out of such a hole when they eliminated Syracuse in seven games.