AHL: Conference Finals Set; Penguins Hold on for Final Berth

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With a 5-4 victory in Game 7 over Providence in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins enter the Eastern Conference Finals as the lowest-seeded team remaining.

When a sports broadcaster yells “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”, that is when you know Brian Gibbons made a great play.

Interesting facts of these series (standings):

  • Toronto and Texas are in the postseason as division winners
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and St. John’s are in the postseason as wild card teams

Western Conference Finals

3 Toronto Marlies at 1 Texas Stars

Toronto is a perfect 7-0 heading into the Western Conference Finals and have been off since Friday, May 16. Texas took down the defending champion Grand Rapids Griffiths 4 games to 2 on Sunday, May 18. The Marlies defeated the Stars in a shootout to start the 4 game series. The Stars won the next 2 and Toronto won the final matchup in the regular season series. The Stars therefore had a 2-1-1 advantage.

Game 1 – Fri., May 23 – Toronto at Texas, 8:30

Eastern Conference Finals

6 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 4 St. John’s IceCaps

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and St. John’s were 2-2 against each other in the regular season and are due for a phenomenal conference finals matchup. The Penguins defeated the Bruins 4 games to 3, using home-ice to their advantage. The IceCaps defeated the Norfolk Admirals 4 games to 2

Game 1 – Sat., May 24 – W-B/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00


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