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AHL Conference Finals: Game 3 Recap

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The higher seeds have taken the lead in their series and home-ice advantage switches back to the winning teams. Here are the Game 3 results:

St. John’s IceCaps 5 at Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 0

The IceCaps led 2-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second period. The IceCaps lead the series (2-1). St. John‘s outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 32-30, but the power-play numbers tell the story. St. John‘s (2/5, 40%) | Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0/6, 0%)

Game 4 – Thursday, May 29 – St. John’s at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 PM EST

Texas Stars 3 at Toronto Marlies 2

The Marlies led 1-0 after the first period, but the Stars scored a goal in the second period to have a 1-1 game going into the third period. Texas outshot Toronto 30-22 in the game and outscored the Marlies 2-1 in the third, giving Texas a (2-1) series lead. Texas (0-3) and Toronto (0-3) combined for (0-6) on the power-play.

Game 4 – Thursday, May 29 – Texas at Toronto, 7:00 PM EST

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AHL Conference Finals: Game 3 Previews; both series at 1-1

 

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The Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals have both switched to the lower seed’s venue. Here are the matchups for Game 3:

Eastern Conference Finals: (4) St. John’s IceCaps at (6) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

In Game 1, the Penguins were up 3-1 after 2 periods, out-shooting the IceCaps 26-19 in that span. The IceCaps out-shot the Penguins 14-6 but only managed to score 1 in the third, losing 3-2. Having won Game 1, the Penguins shift home-ice advantage to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Game 2 showed a desperate St. John’s team, scoring the first 2 goals of the game and out-shooting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 22-21 after 2 periods. Heading into the third period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was down 2-0. The Penguins out-shot St. John’s 14-7 in the third period, but only scored 1 goal, evening the series at 1 game apiece. The Penguins can close the series at home by winning 3 straight.
Game 3 – Wednesday, May 28 – St. John’s at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 PM EST

Western Conference Finals: (1) Texas Stars at (3) Toronto Marlies

The hottest team remaining in the postseason is the Toronto Marlies, who won 7 straight games heading into the Western Conference Finals. The winner of this series will have home-ice advantage against the Eastern Conference winner.

Game 1 included a shot differential of 50-19, but the outcome was different than expected. After 2 periods, Toronto was up 3-0 while being out-shot 29-15 and the trend continued in the third period. The Stars out-shot the Marlies 21-4 but were outscored 2-1, losing 5-1. With the 5-1 victory, the Marlies remained unbeaten in the postseason (8-0) and shifted home-ice to Toronto.

Understanding that giving Toronto a 2-0 lead cannot happen, the Stars played much stronger in Game 2. Texas out-shot Toronto 52-30 and evened the series at 1 with a 6-3 victory. Toronto can close the series at home by winning 3 straight.
Game 3 – Wednesday, May 28 – Texas at Toronto, 7:00 PM EST

 

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

AHL Game 7: Eastern Conference Semifinal: Bruins at Penguins Preview

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Mohegan Sun Arena, home of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, will be the host of Game 7 for an American Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals berth on the line. The Penguins‘ opponent is the Providence Bruins.

The winner of this matchup will be the away team against the St. John’s IceCaps, AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. Pending the job status of Dan Bylsma, current head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Hynes may be coaching his final game as Wilkes-Barre Scranton head coach.

Both Pittsburgh and Boston take pride in all their hockey affiliates, and Game 7 will show that competitive nature.

For a full detailed list of playoff games, here is where you can see those matchups.