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Tale of the Tape: Game 5 of Western Conference Quarterfinals


The Wolves had a chance to clinch their best-of-five series on Friday, but Rochester scored twice in the opening two minutes to set the game’s tone and force today’s decisive Game 5.

GAME 5

No. 7 Rochester Americans (2-2) at No. 2 Chicago Wolves (2-2)
3 p.m. Sunday
Allstate Arena
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
Radio: AHLLive.com

WOLVES   AMERICANS
3.00 Goals per game 3.25
31.8 Shots per game 27.5
5 of 22 Power plays 6 of 23
2 Shorthanded goals 0
53:21 Regulation time with lead 121:24

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Top-seeded Texas, third-seeded Toronto and fourth-seeded Grand Rapids already have won their Western Conference Quarterfinals. The Wolves had a chance to clinch their best-of-five series on Friday, but Rochester scored twice in the opening two minutes to set the game’s tone and force today’s decisive Game 5. If the Wolves win today, then they face Toronto in the Western Conference Semifinals. If Rochester wins today, then it plays Texas in the next round.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

  • When the Wolves won Game 3, they converted 3 of 8 power plays and killed all four of Rochester’s power plays. When the Americans won Game 4, they converted 3 of 8 power plays and killed all four of Chicago’s power plays.
  • The Wolves own a 7-3 record during their 20-year history when faced with a decisive playoff game. They are 1-0 in decisive Game 3s, 2-1 in decisive Game 5s and 4-2 in decisive Game 7s. Chicago has posted a 5-2 record in winner-take-all games at Allstate Arena.
  • When Rochester scored 7 goals in Game 4, it represented the most goals the Wolves have allowed in a game during the 2013-14 season and the most goals they’ve allowed in a postseason game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Nathan Longpre

Wolves forward Nathan Longpre

Longpre played a career-high 66 games this season and set career marks for assists (14) and points (20). The 25-year-old speedster has been strong on the penalty kill all season, but has picked up his scoring in the playoffs. He scored the first goal in Game 2 and scored the Wolves’ first goal in Game 4.

Joel ArmiaAmericans right wing Joel Armia

The Buffalo Sabres’ first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has enjoyed his first season in North America. The 20-year-old from Pori, Finland, posted 7 goals and 20 assists in 54 regular-season games, but has stepped up his play in the playoffs. Armia delivered 2 goals and 2 assists in Game 4 on Friday and leads everyone in the series with 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).

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