Wolves blank Marlies, take 2-0 lead in Western Finals


Chicago scored three times before the tilt was seven minutes old and cruised to a 5-0 win over Toronto on Sunday in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Allstate Arena.

AHL MVP Jason Krog netted two of those first three markers and assisted on the other, giving him nine goals and 12 points in his last five games. The Wolves now hold a 2-0 series lead.

Krog tallied his first of the afternoon just 25 seconds after the opening face-off, and he made it a 2-0 game at the 3:08 mark.

Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski extended the advantage to 3-0 with a power play goal at 6:51, with Darren Haydar and Krog picking up the helpers.

Chicago received second-period tallies from Bryan Little and Joey Crabb – his first goal of the playoffs – and neither team scored in the final 20 minutes.

Wolves rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves to secure his second shutout of the playoffs. Pavelec (10-5) improved his GAA to 2.05 and his save percentage to .932, both of which lead active goaltenders.

The series shifts to the Marlies’ Ricoh Coliseum for Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Wednesday.