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May 19, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) News Release

TUESDAY'S SCORES:

Game 4 - MANCHESTER 1, Hershey 0 (Series tied, 2-2)

TUESDAY'S THREE STARS:

1. Manchester rookie Dwight King notched the game's only goal midway through the second period as Manchester knotted the Eastern Conference Finals with a 1-0 win over Hershey.

2. Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Bernier turned aside all 18 shots he faced for his league-leading third shutout of the postseason.

3. Hershey netminder Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 of 26 shots in the losing effort.

TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Game 3 - Hamilton at Texas, 8:30 (HAM leads series, 2-0)

2010 CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS:

Complete Results II Scoring Leaders II Goaltending Leaders

Eastern Conference Finals - Series "M" (best-of-7)

E1-Hershey Bears vs. A3-Manchester Monarchs

Game 1 - Wed., May 12 - HERSHEY 4, Manchester 2

Game 2 - Sat., May 15 - HERSHEY 3, Manchester 2 (OT)

Game 3 - Mon., May 17 - MANCHESTER 3, Hershey 2 (OT)

Game 4 - Tue., May 18 - MANCHESTER 1, Hershey 0

Game 5 - Thu., May 20 - Hershey at Manchester, 7:00

Game 6 - Sat., May 22 - Manchester at Hershey, 7:00

*Game 7 - Sun., May 23 - Manchester at Hershey, 5:00

Western Conference Finals - Series "N" (best-of-7)

N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. W2-Texas Stars

Game 1 - Fri., May 14 - HAMILTON 3, Texas 2

Game 2 - Sun., May 16 - HAMILTON 3, Texas 1

Game 3 - Wed., May 19 - Hamilton at Texas, 8:30

Game 4 - Fri., May 21 - Hamilton at Texas, 8:30

*Game 5 - Sat., May 22 - Hamilton at Texas, 8:00

*Game 6 - Mon., May 24 - Texas at Hamilton, 7:30

*Game 7 - Wed., May 26 - Texas at Hamilton, 7:30

*if necessary... All times Eastern

GAME NOTES (all times ET):

Game 3 - Hamilton at Texas, 8:30 (HAM leads series, 2-0)

Video Webcast: AHL Live

Satellite Radio: XM 204, Sirius 208

The Western Conference Finals shift to suburban Austin tonight as Texas - looking to cut into the Bulldogs' 2-0 series lead - hosts Hamilton for Game 3... The Stars, who have played eight of their first 13 postseason games on the road, are back at Cedar Park Center for the first time since May 7, when they took a 5-3 win over Chicago in Game 5 of the West Division Finals... Texas is 4-1 on home ice this postseason, while Hamilton is just 3-3 on the road after setting an AHL record with 60 points (27-7-1-5) away from home in the regular season... The Bulldogs did not trail at any point in securing the first two games of this series, and Hamilton has now won four straight and six of its last seven contests overall... Captain Alex Henry tallied the eventual game-winning goal in Hamilton's 3-1 Game 2 triumph on Sunday, his second goal of the playoffs after not scoring in 68 regular-season matches... Mike Glumac notched his team-leading ninth goal of the postseason (9-3-12) for the Bulldogs and extended his points streak to four games (4-1-5) in the process... Ryan Russell rounded out Hamilton's scoring with his third goal in a five-game span (3-1-4)... Brock Trotter, who posted a pair of assists in the win, is now riding a three-game scoring streak (3-2-5) and ranks second on the 'Dogs with 14 points (7-7-14) in 14 games... Hamilton points leader David Desharnais (7-10-17) picked up an assist in Game 2 and now has a point in four straight outings (3-4-7) and 12 of 14 playoff contests overall... Bulldogs goaltender Curtis Sanford extended his postseason mark to a perfect 4-0 by making 22 of 23 saves on Sunday... Sanford leads all AHL netminders in both goals-against average (1.25) and save percentage (.952) during these playoffs... Texas is 1-3 in its last four games; the one win was a 6-5 decision at Chicago in Game 7 of the division finals, but the Stars have totaled just three goals in the three losses over that span... Warren Peters netted the lone marker of Game 2 for the Stars to snap a five-game goal-scoring drought... After registering a pair of goals in the series opener, Texas leading playoff scorer Jamie Benn (10-7-17) was held without a point in Game 2 on Sunday... Matt Climie made 27 saves in the Game 2 loss... The Stars sport four of the AHL's top nine players ranked by postseason plus/minus in Benn (+10), Dan Jancevski (+9), Maxime Fortunus (+8) and Aaron Gagnon (+8)... Hamilton's lone visit to the Cedar Park Center during the regular season came on Oct. 24, and the Bulldogs captured a 2-1 shootout win... Including this series, Hamilton is 16-3-0-1 against the West Division this season and 25-4-0-1 vs. teams from outside the North Division... Home teams are 6-0 during the 2010 conference finals round.

MORNING HEADLINES:

STARS LOOK FOR WAY OUT OF 0-2 HOLE - Austin American-Statesman

If the Texas Stars can't make history starting tonight, they might just be history. When they take the ice tonight against Hamilton at the Cedar Park Center, they'll be trying to become just the sixth AHL team in 73 years to come back from an 0-2 deficit in the conference finals. Rochester was the last to do it, rattling off four straight wins over Philadelphia for the 1999 Western crown.

http://www.statesman.com/sports/pro/stars-look-for-way-out-of-0-2-696099.html

DOWN IN TEXAS, PACIORETTY HAS A SPRING IN HIS STEP - Hamilton Spectator

Max Pacioretty and Eric Neilson had a little extra jump in their step yesterday at practice. It was just enough to tell an interested observer that maybe, just maybe, the two injured Hamilton Bulldogs forwards could be back in the lineup, possibly as early as tonight in Game 3 of the AHL Western Conference Finals.

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/771610

CANADIENS' PLAYOFF RUN GETTING BOOST FROM AHL TEAM - NHL.com

Raise your hand if you thought, at the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, that the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens would still be standing in the Eastern Conference Finals. There probably aren't many hands going up. But no one who has seen the work done by the Canadiens' organization developing young talent at the American Hockey League level should be completely surprised.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id529547

MONARCHS TIE SERIES WITH 1-0 WIN - New Hampshire Union Leader

It's a brand new series. The Manchester Monarchs won an intense 1-0 game over Hershey at Verizon Wireless Arena Tuesday night. The win tied the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 with Game 5 slated for Thursday at the Verizon at 7 p.m. "We live for another day and we've got them thinking," said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. "It was a little chaotic there in our zone, but we found a way. It wasn't pretty, but we got the job done and that's the bottom line."

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?articleIdc939b612-dfe9-4221-baa9-6d8a64adad88

MONARCHS TIE CONFERENCE FINALS AGAINST BEARS - Harrisburg Patriot-News

A celebratory cheer echoed from the home locker room at Verizon Wireless Arena Tuesday night after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The decibels of delight expressed the happiness of the Manchester Monarchs, who claimed a 1-0 victory over the Hershey Bears. It also was a vocal show of confidence by a surging underdog that has rallied to tie the best-of-seven 2-2. The Monarchs, who were a bit star-struck in Game 1, are oozing self-assurance. "It's a good little bit of adversity for us," Bears head coach Mark French said. "We've got to pull together."

http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2010/05/manchester_monarchs_tie_confer.html

MONARCHS MAKE ONE GOAL STAND UP - Nashua Telegraph

Bud Holloway was just looking to get off the ice. All he wanted to do was send the puck in deep and head to the Manchester Monarchs' bench midway through the second period of Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hershey Bears. The winger one-timed Andrei Loktionov's pass toward the net and turned for a change. But when he looked back, he saw something unexpected.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/742740-222/monarchs-make-one-goal-stand-up.html?i1

BERNIER BLANKS BEARS AS MONARCHS EVEN SERIES - Canadian Press

Jonathan Bernier recorded his third shutout of the American Hockey League playoffs to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 1-0 victory over the Hershey Bears on Tuesday. Manchester's win at home tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at two games apiece with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday in Manchester.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2010/05/18/sp-ahl-monarchs.html

BOUDREAU ON HAND TO WATCH HIS OLD TEAMS - New Hampshire Union Leader

His nickname is "Gabby" and Bruce Boudreau was gabbing last night. Back in the Queen City to watch his two former AHL teams clash in the Calder Cup Eastern Conference finals, the Washington Capitals coach had some interesting thoughts on some timely topics.

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?articleIdc00be3b2-9834-4962-a318-d1ae1ca2afe0

MONARCHS EVEN SERIES - Lebanon Daily News

Now it's a three-game series for the Eastern Conference title and a berth in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Manchester Monarchs made a second-period goal stand and handed the Hershey Bears a 1-0 loss Tuesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena for their second win in as many nights, evening what started as a best-of-seven series at two games each.

http://www.ldnews.com/sports/ci_15113188

ALUMNI WATCH:

2007 AHL All-Stars Dustin Byfuglien and Troy Brouwer each tallied goals and Antti Niemi made 25 saves as Chicago doubled up San Jose, 4-2, to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals... 2008 Baz Bastien Award winner Michael Leighton recorded a 30-save shutout for his fourth win in as many starts this postseason, helping Philadelphia to a 3-0 victory over Montreal and a 2-0 edge in the Eastern Conference championship series.

2009 AHL All-Star Ryan Potulny and Brandon Dubinsky each posted a goal and an assist to help the United States claim a 3-2 shootout win over Italy on Tuesday at the IIHF World Championships in Germany... 2006 Calder Cup champion Jakub Klepis and Lukas Kaspar notched goals as the Czech Republic edged Canada, 3-2... Goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned in a 36-save shutout performance in Russia's 5-0 victory over Finland... 2008 AHL All-Star Jonathan Ericsson chipped in with two assists as Sweden knocked off Switzerland, 5-0.

BY THE NUMBERS:

8 - Teams since 2002 that have won a best-of-seven playoff series after losing the first two games, out of the 60 that have faced an 0-2 deficit (13.3 percent).

33 - Years since Hershey's last 1-0 loss in the Calder Cup Playoffs, before last night... The Bears were shut out 1-0 by Ed Walsh and the Nova Scotia Voyageurs on Apr. 6, 1977.

206 - Days since Hershey's last losing streak (excluding shootouts), back-to-back losses on Oct. 23 and 24, 2009... That seven-month stretch ended with defeats in Games 3 and 4 to Manchester.

ON THIS DATE:

May 19, 2007 - Kyle Wilson and David Steckel score twice, Tomas Fleischmann records three assists and Hershey rolls to a 7-2 win over Manchester in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

May 19, 2003 - Stacy Roest scores 6:30 into the second overtime as Grand Rapids staves off elimination with a 5-4 win at Houston in Game 5 of their Western Conference Final.

May 19, 2000 - J.F. Labbe makes 39 saves as Hartford snaps Providence's AHL-record 16-game home playoff winning streak with a 5-3 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

May 19, 1983 - Led by head coach Mike Keenan, the Rochester Americans win the Calder Cup with a 3-1 win at Maine, completing a four-game Finals sweep.

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