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AHL Playoffs: Second Round

The second round of the AHL playoffs was completed yesterday.  I will summarize them today.  First here is my first round summary:

St John's IceCaps defeat Norfolk Admirals four games to two.  St John's is Winnipeg's AHL affiliate and Norfolk belongs to Anaheim.  Eric O'Dell and Andrew Gordon led the St John's offence, Zach Redmond was their top defenceman and Michael Hutchinson has been their goaltender.  Norfolk was led by Andre Petersson and Max Friberg.  Brad Thieseen and John Gibson shared their goaltending as Gibson spent some time in the NHL during the series.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat Providence Bruins four games to three.  W-B/S is Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate and Providence belongs to Boston.  This was the closest of the second round series.  The Penguins offence was led by Chuck Kobasew and Conor Sheary, Brian Dumoulin contributed from defence and Peter Mannino was their goaltender.  Providence was led by the two top scorers in the playoffs in Ryan Spooner (with 15 points) and Alexander Khokhlachev (with 14 points), Joe Morrow was significant on defence and Niklas Svedberg was their top goalie.

Texas Stars defeat Grand Rapids Griffins four games to two.  Texas is Dallas's top affiliate and Grand Rapids belongs to Detroit.  Travis Morin and Brendan Ranford led their offence, Derek Meech was their top defenceman and Christopher Nilstorp was their top goalie.  Grand Rapids was led by Teemu Pulkkinen and Cory Emmerton led their offence, Ryan Sproul was a top defenceman and Petr Mrazek was their top goaltender.

Toronto Marlies beat Chicago Wolves in a four game sweep.  The Marlies are the Toronto Maple Leafs farm team and Chicago belongs to St Louis.  This was by far the most one-sided of the second round series.  Toronto's offence has been led by Jerry D'Amigo and Trevor Smith, TJ Brennan led their defence and Drew MacIntyre has played very well in their goal.  Chicago's offence has been led by Dmitrij Jaskin and Keith Aucoin, their defence by Brent Regner and Jake Allen has been their goalie (who had a rather poor playoff for a player who has been all but given an NHL job next year).

In the semi-finals, St John' and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play and Texas and Toronto will play.  These series start on Saturday and Friday respectively.

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