27 May 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 26

Sun., June 1 (POM)
vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Allstate Arena
3:00 p.m.

Wed., June 4
at Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
6:00 p.m.

Fri., June 6
at Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
6:00 p.m.

Sat., June 7*
at Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
6:00 p.m.

Tue., June 10* (PON)
vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

Thu., June 12* (POP)
vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

* If necessary

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FINAL DESTINATION

This marks the sixth time in 11 years the Wolves have reached the league Finals; Chicago has won the IHL's Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000 and the AHL's Calder Cup in 2002; the team also made appearances in the Finals in 2001 (IHL) and 2005 (AHL).

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Jason Krog: Leads the AHL in assists (19) and points (28) and ranks third in goals (9) in 18 postseason contests, which includes five goals and six assists during the five-game Western Conference Final ... Notched a point in nine straight games, collecting nine goals and 17 points during that span ... Paced the league in goals (39), assists (73) and points (112), during the regular season, all career highs

--- Darren Haydar: Notched a point in eight straight games (2G, 12A), which includes two goals and eight assists during the Western Conference Final ... Tallied the conference final, series-clinching, goal in Game 5 last Friday, his 51st career Calder Cup Playoff marker, tied for the most in AHL history ... Ranks second in the league with 20 points and is tied for fourth with eight goals during the postseason

--- Joel Kwiatkowski: Potted a power-play goal in each of the last four games of the conference final and seven points (4G, 3A) overall during the series ... Leads AHL defensemen with seven goals - a postseason franchise record by a blueliner - and ranks second with 17 points, third-best on the squad

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Backstopped Chicago to all 12 of its postseason wins during his professional playoff debut, tied for the AHL lead ... Recorded a 2.17 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage during the postseason, which includes holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 18 contests

For complete team postseason statistics, click here

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves will host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Games 1 and 2 of the Calder Cup Finals, marking the fourth straight series the squad will have home ice advantage during the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs.

--- The Wolves and Penguins did not face off during the regular-season; the squads have matched up in four regular-season contests since Chicago joined the AHL in 2001, with the Wolves going winless (0-3-1-0-0).

--- Chicago has recorded an 8-2 mark on home ice during the postseason, which includes wins in four straight.

--- Linemates Darren Haydar and Jason Krog share the AHL lead with four game-winning goals apiece during the postseason, accounting for eight of the club's 12 winning markers.

--- Chicago has posted a perfect 10-0 mark during the playoffs when netting at least four goals, which includes last Thursday's Game 5 Western Conference Final clincher against Toronto.

--- Four Wolves have competed in a league Finals at the AHL or NHL level, which includes Darren Haydar, who captured the 2004 Calder Cup with the Milwaukee Admirals and Joe Motzko, who was a member of the Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup Championship squad.

POWER TRIP

The Wolves have notched 27 of their 57 goals during the Calder Cup Playoffs on the power play, which includes 10 of 18 during the Western Conference Final. Chicago has registered an AHL-best 22.7 power-play efficency rating during the postseason (27 of 119).

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL REWIND (2-1)

Fri., May 23 (Game 5)
(at) Chicago 4, Toronto 2
--- Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, Chicago tied the contest with two second-period power-play tallies 16 seconds apart before netting a pair of third-period markers to capture the Western Conference Final, 4-games-to-1, with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Marlies at the Allstate Arena
--- Darren Haydar notched the game-winning goal and an assist, joining Jason Krog (2A) and Joel Kwiatkowski (G, A), who also tallied two points
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec recorded 23 saves on 25 shots

Wed., May 21 (Game 4)
(at) Toronto 6, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves trailed 2-0 4:40 into the contest and never caught up, as the Toronto Marlies exploded for a 6-1 win at Ricoh Coliseum to cut Chicago's Western Conference Final series lead to 3-games-to-1
--- Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski netted the squad's only goal - a power-play tally - with assists from Darren Haydar and Jason Krog
--- Ondrej Pavelec (28 saves on 33 shots) and Robert Gherson (one save on two shots) split the goaltending duties

Tue., May 20 (Game 3)
(at) Chicago 4, Toronto 1
--- Chicago used four power-play goals to open up a 3-games-to-0 Western Conference Final lead over the Toronto Marlies with a 4-1 win in Game 3 of the series at Ricoh Coliseum
--- Right wing Darren Haydar tallied three assists while defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski poured in a goal and an assist
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec recorded 30 saves on 31 shots