CALDER CUP UPDATE:
The Sound Tigers and Wolves clash in a crucial Game 4 tonight (7:30 CT, 8:30 ET), less than 24 hours after Chicago took a 2-1 series lead with a convincing 4-0 victory in Game 3 on Thursday. Pasi Nurminen made 28 saves for his second shutout of the postseason and his second straight on Allstate Arena ice, as the Wolves extended their home winning streak to seven games. Dan Snyder, Kamil Piros, Rob Brown and Ben Simon scored off former Wolves goaltender Rick DiPietro, who finished the night with 19 saves.
Piros scored his goal during a five-minute advantage early in the second period… Brown, in search of the first championship of his 15-year professional career, had a goal and an assist to extend his league-leading totals to 22 assists and 27 points… Simon closed out the scoring with his first goal since Game 5 of the conference quarterfinals against Grand Rapids… Defensemen Kirill Safronov and Bob Nardella added two assists each for the Wolves… Chicago has outscored their opponents by a 27-6 margin during their seven-game home winning streak… Pasi Nurminen’s home shutout streak sits at 133:06 entering Game 4… Tonight, the Wolves will tie the 1996 Portland Pirates’ record with their 24th game of this postseason… The Sound Tigers have held the opposition to 221 shots on goal over the last 10 games, but have allowed 25 goals (.887)… Former Hobey Baker Award winner Jason Krog had his seven-game point-scoring streak snapped in Thursday’s loss… Chicago’s Andreas Karlsson has 15 points in the last nine games after recording three points in his first 12 playoff contests… All the action of Game 4 can be heard via cybercast by following the links at caldercup.com.
Calder Cup 2002 Final Bridgeport vs. Chicago Game 1 - Chicago 5, BRIDGEPORT 4 (OT) Game 2 - BRIDGEPORT 2, Chicago 1 Game 3 - CHICAGO 4, Bridgeport 0 Game 4 - Fri 5/31 at Chicago, 7:30 Game 5 - Mon 6/3 at Chicago, 7:00 *Game 6 - Thu 6/6 at Bridgeport, 7:05 *Game 7 - Fri 6/7 at Bridgeport, 7:35 (Chicago leads series, 2-1) *if necessary… All times local
BY THE NUMBERS:
5 – Most game-winning goals by one player in one AHL postseason… In Game 3, Chicago’s Dan Snyder, who has seven total goals in these playoffs, tied the mark that was first set by Cleveland’s Wally Hergesheimer in 1951. Roman Oksiuta matched the record in 1993, as did Jim Montgomery in 1998. All three of those players achieved the feat en route to a Calder Cup championship.
FROM CALDER TO STANLEY:
The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings will determine the NHL’s Western Conference champion in Game 7 tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Avs head coach Bob Hartley led the Hershey Bears to a Game 7 victory in the conference finals en route to the Calder Cup championship in 1997.
ON THE AIR:
*Game 6 - Chicago at Bridgeport - AT&T Broadband (Chicago) - 6:05 CT
*Game 7 - Chicago at Bridgeport - AT&T Broadband (Chicago) - 6:35 CT