19 May 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 19

Wed. May 21
at Toronto Marlies
Ricoh Coliseum
6:30 p.m.

*Fri., May 23 (POK)
vs. Toronto Marlies
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

*Sun., May 25
at Toronto Marlies
Ricoh Coliseum
3:00 p.m.

*Tue., May 27 (POL)
vs. Toronto Marlies
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

* If necessary

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The Wolves tallied their fourth straight win on Sunday - tied for a playoff high - to open up a 2-games-to-0 Western Conference Final series lead over the Toronto Marlies; this marks the 13th time Chicago has entered the third contest of a playoff series with a 2-0 advantage, notching a 12-0 all-time series mark.


--- Jason Krog: Recorded a point in six straight games, which includes a goal in five consecutive and seven (5G, 2A) in the first two tilts of the Western Conference Final ... Notched Chicago's game-winning goal in four straight contests, which leads the AHL ... Potted the franchise's ninth all-time postseason hat trick in Game 1 on Friday ... Leads the league with 15 assists and 24 points and ranks second with nine markers ... Led the AHL in goals (39), assists (73) and points (112) during the regular season

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Matched a franchise record with his second shutout of the postseason on Sunday in his 15th career professional playoff outing ... Leads the AHL with 10 wins and paces active league netminders with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage ... Held opponents to just two goals in the last three tilts, posting 88 saves on 90 shots ... Notched two shutouts in 52 regular-season matchups

--- Joel Kwiatkowski: Netted a power-play goal and an assist in Sunday's Game 2 victory, his fifth multiple-point effort of the postseason ... Leads AHL defensemen with four goals - one shy of matching a postseason franchise record - and ranks second with 12 points in 15 playoff matchups ... Notched a point in six of his 15 postseason tilts, during which Chicago has posted a perfect 6-0 record ... Led league defensemen and set a club record for a blueliner with 21 goals during the regular season

--- Darren Haydar: Collected a point in five straight games (G, 7A), which includes one goal and three assists in the first two games of the conference final ... Ranks second on the Wolves and is tied for fifth in the AHL with 14 points and holds second on the squad and shares sixth in the league with seven goals

--- Joe Motzko: Dished out five assists in his last three games after being held to five points (2G, 3A) in his previous 10 playoff tilts ... Ranks second on the club with nine assists and fourth with 11 points in 15 playoff outings

--- Bryan Little: Bagged his fifth goal of the playoffs on Sunday, tied for third-best on the team ... Shares fifth on the team with eight points in 15 postseason outings

For complete team postseason statistics, click here


--- Tuesday's Game 3 in Toronto marks Chicago's first visit to Ricoh Coliseum
since dropping an 8-3 decision on April 9; the eight goals allowed were the most in five years.

--- The Wolves have accrued a 3-3 record on the road during the postseason; the squad is averaging 2.33 goals per game on the road and 3.78 per tilt on home ice during the postseason.

--- The Wolves have notched an 8-0 record during the playoffs when potting at least four goals, which includes Sunday's 5-0 victory in Game 2 of the Western
Conference Final.

--- Sunday's victory marked Chicago's second shutout of the postseason- tied for a club record - and 17th all-time in playoff action.

--- Chicago also opened up a 2-games-to-0 West Division Final series lead against the Rockford IceHogs before losing Games 3 and 4 on the road and Game 5 at the Allstate Arena.

--- Center Jason Krog's goal 25 seconds into Sunday's Game 2 established a franchise record for the quickest from the start of a postseason matchup.

--- Chicago has thwarted all 11 of Toronto's power-play chances through the first two games of the Western Conference Final.


Wolves Head Coach JOHN ANDERSON is a Toronto native and played eight of his 12 National Hockey League seasons with the Maple Leafs (189G, 204A); ANDERSON, who was the Maple Leafs' first-round draft pick in 1977, skated four years with the OHA's Toronto Marlboros (1973-1977) prior to turning professional.


Sun, May 18 (Game 2)
(at) Chicago 5, Toronto 0
--- The Wolves scored three times in the opening 6:51 of the contest and Ondrej Pavelec posted saves on all 24 shots he faced to give the squad a 5-0 win and a 2-games-to-0 Western Conference Final lead at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Jason Krog lit the lamp twice in the first 3:08 of the tilt, while Joel Kwiatkowski, Bryan Little and Joey Crabb padded the lead with tallies of their own

Fri., May 16 (Game 1)
(at) Chicago 4, Toronto 1
--- Center Jason Krog scored two late third-period goals to complete a hat trick and Ondrej Pavelec notched 26 saves on 27 shots to lead Chicago to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies at the Allstate Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final
--- Captain Darren Haydar also scored, while right wing Joe Motzko dished out two assists for Chicago to open up a 2-0 lead in the second period