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by George Malik on 06/19/13 at 01:03 AM ET
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!
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