The Milwaukee Admirals took game 2 from the Wilkes-Barre Penguins, beating the Pittsburgh affiliate 8:4. Konstantin Koltsov scored a goal for the Penguins, but his tally was too little too late, as his club was already down 7:1 at the time of his goal. Kiril Safronov skated for the Admirals, registering three shots and chipping in an assist on the club’s final goal of the game. Timofei Shishkanov (Nashville Predators) remained fairly quiet with only one shot and an even rating for the game. The Admirals now hold a 2:0 series lead in this best of seven series.
AHL announced that the Hamilton Bulldogs forward Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) will learn his fate today. The league’s president David Andrews said he will announce on Friday what the young forward’s punishment is going to be for the ugly stick-swinging incident that occurred during an altercation between Perezhogin and a Cleveland Barons defenseman Garret Stafford. Thus far, the Canadiens prospect has been suspended indefinitely by the league pending extensive review of the incident.
The Incident: During a game, Stafford and Perezhogin tangled up and fell in front of Cleveland’s net. While trying to control the situation, Stafford took a one handed swing at Perezhogin’s head. The swing appeared to do little damage, either missing all together or glancing off Perezhogin’s helmet. Perezhogin, however, was clearly enraged by the hit, got up, turned around and took a two handed retaliatory swing with his stick at Stafford, who was just getting onto his knees. The hit connected with Stafford’s face, causing a grade three concussion, which means that the player lost consciousness due to the hit. The hit also caused a cut to Stafford’s face, which took 20 stitches to repair.
The Hartford Wolfpack advanced to the AHL Eastern Conference finals after sweeping the Worcester Ice Cats in four games. Fedor Tyutin (New York Rangers) delivered an impressive, physical series for the Wolfpack. Tyutin had three assists and a +4 +/- rating in the four games. In the last game he assisted on the squad’s key second goal, when his dump in ended up being a pass to Chad Wiseman, who took advantage of a Ice Cat defenseman’s error, taking the puck and putting it in the net. The Hartford Wolfpack next face the Philadelphia Phantoms, who defeated the Norfolk Admirals in seven games.
Ilya Bryzgalov’s (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) season is over. The young goalie performed admirably for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks throughout the playoffs, but could not deliver the series victory to his team. He allowed five goals on 42 shots in the 6:3 loss in Game 6, with Milwaukee forcing a game seven. He was once again peppered in game seven, once again surrendering 5 goals on 36 shots behind a deflated Cincinnati defense. Despite the loss, Cincinnati had a lot to be proud of, winning their first ever playoff series and coming within a game of eliminating the top seeded club out of the playoffs. Ilya Bryzgalov’s performance has for the most part been stellar, with the young goalie often keeping his team in the games.
Despite his amazing playoff performance, Alexander Semin is headed home as the Portland Pirates lost the quarterfinal series in five games to the Hartford Wolfpack. The young forward slowed down towards the end of the playoff run, losing a bit of his step seemingly bothered something, possibly an injury. As in most other games, he had his chances in game five, hitting the post with four minutes left in the first period and being robbed by LaBarbera with a great glove save with just over a minute left in the second period.
While he hasn’t been as spectacular as the Wolfpack fans may have hoped, Fedor Tyutin continues to make an impact for his team. Hartford’s second goal was scored by Wiseman, after collected a rebound off Tyutin’s booming shot and put it behind Maxime Ouellet.
Ilya Bryzgalov delivered a great performance to lead the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to their third victory over the Milwaukee Admirals. The Ducks are just one win away from winning the best of seven series and making their way to the AHL semifinals. After allowing four goals in game 4, Bryzgalov closed the net on Milwaukee, allowing just one goal on 37 shots.
Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) earned a shutout in Cincinnati’s win over Milwaukee’s Sound Tigers, stopping all 22 shots he faced. He helped the Ducks take a 2:1 lead in the series. The young goaltender has been pivotal in Cincinnati’s playoff run.
Alexander Semin was supposed to make an impact with the Pirates, helping the club make a playoff run. To the surprise of many, Semin has not only helped, but has single-handedly jumpstarted the Pirates’ offense and added a very significant threat to the lineup. During the first round of the AHL playoffs against the Providence Bruins, the Pirates scored six or more goals in both games
Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) stopped 28 of 29 shots to backstop Cincinnatti closer to the club's first ever series win. They need to win one more game to advance past the Houston Aeros in the best of three series.
Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals) lead Portland into the first official round of the AHL playoffs, collecting a hattrick and an assist in the Pirates’ 6:2 win over the Providence Bruins. The young forward scored his first goal in the second period, when he skated through traffic and beat Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. He then scored his second tally with five minutes left in the third period, again skating through traffic and letting a high wrist shot go to beat Thomas by the crossbar. His final goal was an empty netter.
The Portland Pirates went ahead of Lowell in the battle for the final playoff spot with the 3:2 win over conference rival. Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals) scored a pair of goals for Washington’s AHL affiliate, leading his club to the victory. He tied the game with his first goal when the young forward scored on a power play slap shot. He then scored the game winner with 2:43 left in the game, when he got behind opposition’s defender and put a pass from Jason Ulmer above Lowell’s Storr, who went down early to protect the low end of the net from a one timer. (Source: The Lowell Sun newspaper)