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For the Grand Rapids Griffins, rest helps the wicked

Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs are attempting to level the QMJHL's championship series against Baie-Comeau today, but he's the only Red Wings prospect skating today.

The Grand Rapids Griffins saw to that thanks to their 5-3 series-winning victory over the Abbotsford Heat on Friday, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Griffins worked hard to earn their game's worth of rest (they'll probably face the Toronto Marlies in the 2nd round)--after spending last spring winning the hard way:

The win puts the defending Calder Cup champs into the Western Conference semifinals against either No. 1 Texas or No. 3 Toronto, depending on the outcome of the No. 2 Chicago-No. 7 Rochester series, which is tied 2-2. They play Game 5 at 4 p.m. Sunday. Either way, the Griffins will start on the road, likely either Thursday at Texas or Wednesday at Toronto.

Last year, the Griffins played 24 out of a possible 26 playoff games. Unlike last year against Houston, they didn’t need five games to finish off a first-round opponent.

“Yeah, we made it hard on ourselves last year so this is much better,” said Hoggan. “We get an off day to relax and rest.”

“It nice,” said Riley Sheahan, who came directly from Detroit after the Red Wings were eliminated April 26, to Grand Rapids the following day. “We got a day off tomorrow. We’ll rest, regroup and then we’ll have a big series ahead of us.”

The Griffins have played every Saturday but one since the end of the December. That was April 12 while in between games at Charlotte.

Wallner continues, discussing the Griffins' injuries and first-round statistical leaders; Fox 17 posted an auto-play highlight clip this morning, and this afternoon, the Griffins posted their "In-Arena Open" video on YouTube:

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MoreShoot's avatar

If Val-d’Or gets eliminated, can they sign or assign Mantha to GR ?

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/03/14 at 04:15 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Yes. That’s the only way Mantha can join Grand Rapids.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/03/14 at 04:23 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Well, bring it then. Let’s get the boy playing against some pros.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/03/14 at 04:55 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Val-d’Or down, 2-3, after 2

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/03/14 at 05:04 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s just Game 2…Games 3, 4 and 5 take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/03/14 at 05:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Pierre-Maxime Poudrier ties it, 3-3, for Val-d’Or with 1:33 to go in reg

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/03/14 at 05:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

OT

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/03/14 at 05:44 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

here’s a link to the radio broadcast of the game ... if you understand French

blank stare

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/03/14 at 06:25 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Val-d’Or wins in the 1st OT, 4-3, on a PP goal by Guillaume Gélinas, his 2nd of the game.

Anthony Mantha had 2 assists.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/03/14 at 06:29 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

http://theqmjhl.ca/schedule/show/game/67207

2 assists, +3

They said their opponent is the top D team in the league, <2 goals per game.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/03/14 at 09:24 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Seven minutes remaining in the Kings ducks game.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/03/14 at 09:25 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

OT

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/03/14 at 09:56 PM ET

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