Calder Cup Finals Notebook: June 3
Both teams get a day off Friday to recover from a hard-fought Game 1,
which saw Philadelphia get the early jump with a 1-0 win over Chicago
at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
Philadelphia has won Game 1 in all four of its series this
postseason... The Phantoms are also 3-0 in Game 2 so far, and still
have not trailed a series in the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Chicago is now 12-4 lifetime in Game 1's at home... They went on to
win each of the 15 previous series they opened at Allstate Arena.
Last night's game was the first 1-0 road win in Calder Cup Finals
history, and the first 1-0 Finals game since Saint John's Cup-
clinching win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2001.
Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves for his third shutout of the
playoffs... The AHL record for a single postseason is six, set by
Rochester's Mika Noronen in 2000.
Kari Lehtonen suffered the loss despite a 31-save effort... It was
just the fifth loss in Lehtonen's last 30 starts.
Mike Richards scored the only goal of the game, taking a centering
pass from Jon Sim on a power play 5:58 into the second period... The
2003 first-rounder, who made his professional debut in the division
finals, now has 14 points in his first 11 games.
Chicago was 0-for-5 on the power play in Game 1, dropping to 9-for-96
(9.4%) in the playoffs... Richards' goal was just the seventh PPG
allowed by the Wolves in 91 chances (92.3%).
Chicago, which had led the AHL in postseason scoring averaging 3.29
goals per game, was shut out on home ice for the first time since a 2-
0 defeat against Milwaukee back on Dec. 10, 2003... The Wolves (3.07)
are now second to Philadelphia (3.11).
Chicago mayor Richard Daley and Philadelphia mayor John Street have
formed a friendly wager based on the outcome of the 2005 Calder Cup
Finals... If the Wolves win the Cup, Street will send a dozen Philly
cheesesteaks to Daley; if the Phantoms win, five large deep-dish
pizzas head to Philadelphia.
"Both goalies played solid. The goal was a weird bounce. I don't
think God could have stopped it, but Kari did try." -- Chicago head
coach John Anderson, on the performance of Kari Lehtonen and Antero
Niittymaki in Thursday's Game 1.
ON THIS DATE:
June 3, 2002 -- Steve Maltais nets a hat trick and Yuri Butsayev
scores 2:05 into the second overtime to give Chicago a 4-3 win over
Bridgeport and its first Calder Cup championship in front of 15,132
fans at Allstate Arena.
June 3, 1998 -- Peter White gets the winner 2:54 into overtime as
Philadelphia beats Saint John, 4-3, in Game 3 of the Calder Cup
Finals... It was the third straight OT game in the series.