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AHL Playoffs Second Round

The second round of the AHL playoffs completed yesterday.  My first round coverage was here.  Here are the results from the second round:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat Providence Bruins four games to three.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the Pittsburgh Penguins farm team and Providence belongs to the Boston Bruins.  Providence had a 3-0 lead in this series and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fought their way back to win the series with four straight wins.  Trevor Smith and Chad Kolarik were the top scorers for the Penguins.  Brian Dumoulin led their defence.  Brad Thiessen played very well in their goal.  Chris Bourque and Carter Camper led the Providence offence.  Matt Bartowski had been their top defenceman until he got called up in the playoffs.  This may be an excuse for the Providence loss.  Niklas Svedberg was their goaltender.

Syracuse Crunch sweep Springfield Falcons in four straight.  Syracuse is Tampa Bay's minor league team and Springfield belongs to Columbus.  Ondrej Palat (his 15 points tie for the playoff lead) and Tyler Johnson led Syracuse offensively.  Matt Taormina led their defence.  Cedrick Desjardins was their goaltender.  Springfield was led by Boone Jenner at forward and David Savard on defence.  Curtis McElhinney was their goaltender.

Oklahoma City Barons defeat Texas Stars four games to one.  Oklahoma City is the Edmonton Oiler farm team and Texas belongs to the Dallas Stars.  Oklahoma City won many of these games handily.  Mark Arcobello (his 15 points tie for the playoff lead) and Toni Rajala led the Barons offensively.  Martin Marincin led their defence.  Yann Danis played a strong series in their goal.  Kevin Connauton led the Texas offence from defence with Cristopher Nilstorp in goal.

Grand Rapids Griffins defeat Toronto Marlies four games to two.  Grand Rapids is the Detroit Red Wings farm affiliate and the Toronto Marlies belong to the Maple Leafs. Grand Rapids won the first game of the series 7-0 but the rest of the series was quite close.  Tomas Tatar and Luke Glendening led the Grand Rapids offence.  Adam Almquist led their defence.  Petr Mrazek was their goaltender.  Toronto's offence was led by Greg Scott, Mike Zigomanis and Jerry D'Amigo.  Drew MacIntyre was their goalie.

The semi-finals begin on Friday.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton meets Syracuse and Oklahoma City meets Grand Rapids.

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