If Game 1 on Friday night is any indication, then the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs are going to be loaded with big plays, big hits, remarkable goals and continuous drama. Prepare for the next phase of the hunt with this Tale of the Tape:
No. 2 Chicago Wolves (1-0) at No. 7 Rochester Americans (0-1)
6:05 p.m. Saturday
Blue Cross Arena
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
|1 of 4||Power plays||2 of 6|
|4 of 6||Penalty kills||3 of 4|
|0:00||Regulation time with lead||43:32|
GAME 1 RECAP
Rochester jumped on the Wolves for the game’s first two goals and carried a 3-1 lead into the third period. Just as they did twice in late March against Lake Erie, the Wolves scored twice late to force overtime and claimed their first playoff OT since May 2, 2010, when Dmitrij Jaskin scored 1:06 into the extra session.
Chicago and goaltender Jake Allen surrendered three goals and 15 shots in the opening 21:47, but gave up no goals on 14 shots in the final 39:19.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Wolves left wing Dmitrij Jaskin
Jaskin started his Friday morning in the National Hockey League, but was reassigned to the Wolves at 9:30 a.m. and hopped a plane to Rochester in order to play in Game 1. His first game for the Wolves since March 15 ended when he scored the winner at 1:06 of overtime.
Americans goaltender Andrey Makarov
The 21-year-old rookie made his Rochester debut on March 25 and sparked the Americans down the stretch as he went 7-0-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. Game 1 marked the first time Makarov gave up more than 3 goals in a game with Rochester.