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Grand Rapids Griffins Calder Cup multimedia post

It was a wild, woolly and sometimes scary ride as the Grand Rapids Griffins blew a 3-0 lead over the Syracuse Crunch and headed back to New York hoping to avoid a Game 7 situation, but the Griffins captured the Calder Cup in what may have been the tightest 5-2 win I've seen in a long, long time, and as such, the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy-winning (playoff MVP thanks to his 16 goals) Tomas Tatar and his closest friends will be holding a victory party at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday evening (6 PM, doors open at 5)--after flying home on Red Bird III and enjoying a long night of celebrating their victory.

This post is simply dedicated to the oodles of multimedia issued following the Griffins' win--and beware as SendToNews's highlight clip is a classic "auto-play" clip, right at the bottom of the entry.

Here is the last minute-and-change's of the game and the first three minutes of the post-game celebrating...

And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner posted a quick clip of the post-game celebrations:

WOOD TV posted a highlight clip as well...

Pictures tell the story sometimes--nerves included:

As you might imagine, the players were giddy:

And here's that cursed SendToNews highlight clip:

Update: The Syracuse Post-Standard posted a 20-image photo gallery from the game.

Update #2: Michigan Hockey's Matt Gajtka captured the game's final moments, too:

Update #3: Back home!

Update #4:

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Comments

SYF's avatar

Watching Jeff Hoggan finally lifting his Cup reminded me so much of Stevie Y.  I got goosebumps.

Congrats to the Griffs!  Well done, boys.  Come on home and let’s party.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/19/13 at 12:24 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

At the airport to welcome them HOME.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 06/19/13 at 12:43 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

SYF, did you see Paek on the bench?  Good for all those guys.  Hope this was an eye-opener for Babs about Tatar.  No reason he should ever get the least amount of ice-time in a game, not if you want to win.  Kid scores goals.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/19/13 at 09:48 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Yeah, Jimmy Paek probably celebrated the most on that bench.  He wanted it so bad.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/19/13 at 12:30 PM ET

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