Thursday, May 12, 2005

Cincy Ducks win 3-2; Calder Cup hopes still alive

The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks beat the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in game four of their AHL West Division Final series to avoid elimination and force a fifth game.

Fredric Cassivi, who helped the Wolves win the 2002 Calder Cup, was between the pipes for the Mighty Ducks and had 31 saves. All three of the Mighty Ducks goals came in the first period. Joffrey Lupul scored his third goal of the playoffs to tie the game off assists from Aaron Rome and Zenon Konopka. Dustin Penner then scored on the power play with assists to Lupul and Chris Kunitz. Less than three minutes later Stanislav Chistov scored a power play goal from Shane O'Brien and Kunitz to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead. Chicago scored with 8:15 left in regulation but the Ducks held on for the 3-2 win.

The Mighty Ducks killed off all 11 of the Wolves power plays and outshot Chicago 36-32 in the game. Game five is tomorrow night in Chicago and the Ducks are just 1-5 on the road this postseason.


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