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by George Malik on 05/03/14 at 03:31 PM ET
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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