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17 May 2010

Weekly Press Notes For May 17


WOLVES POSTSEASON HEADLINES


--- Tim Stapleton: Paced the Wolves and shared fifth in the AHL with 14 points (4G, 9A) at the conclusion of the division finals ... His nine assists in 14 games ranked second on the team and held fifth in the league at the time of the Wolves elimination ... Ranked second on the Wolves and shared 10th in the AHL with a career-high 30 goals and held second on Chicago with 59 points in 73 regular season games ... Tallied two goals in six NHL outings with the Atlanta Thrashers

--- Anthony Stewart: Paced the team and shared second in the AHL with nine goals and led the league with six power-play strikes at the end of the division finals ... Shared second on the team and eighth in the league at the time of the club's elimination with 12 points in 13 games ... Ended the postseason on an eight-game point streak, which is tied for the third longest streak in the AHL this postseason; Bagged seven goals and 10 points during that span ... Shared 10th on the team with 12 goals and 19 assists and ranked 10th with 31 points in 77 regular-season games

--- Jason Krog: Dished out six assists in 14 postseason contests to match the AHL's all-time record for career postseason helpers with 76 ... Shared fourth on the team with 11 points (5G, 6A) this postseason to move into third place on the AHL's all-time postseason scoring register with 118 points (42G, 76A) in 101 games ... Led the team and ranked second in the AHL with 61 assists and ranked first on the Wolves and seventh in the league with 75 points in 78 games during the regular season this year ... Became the 79th player in AHL history to reach 500 points, amassing 523 points (171G, 352A) in 455 career AHL games

--- Matt Anderson: Shared first in the AHL with 12 assists at the conclusion of the division finals ... Shared second on the team and eighth in the league with 12 points in 14 games at the time of the Wolves elimination ... Shared third on the team with a career-high 29 assists, sixth with a career-most 16 goals and ranked seventh with a career-best 45 points in 63 regular-season games

--- Spencer Machacek: Held second on the team and sixth in the league with seven goals at the conclusion of the division finals ... Shared fourth on the Wolves with 11 points in 13 games during his playoff debut ... Shared fourth on the team with 20 goals, third with a career-high 29 assists and ranked sixth with 49 points in 79 games during the regular season

--- Nathan Oystrick: Ranked second among league defensemen with 10 points in 13 playoff outings at the conclusion of the division finals ... His eight assists shared first among league blueliners and held third on the Wolves at the time of the club's elimination ... Ranked second on the Wolves with 96 penalty minutes and held fourth among team blueliners with 23 points (7G, 16A) in 43 matchups during the regular season

--- Joey Crabb: Ranked third on the team with six goals and shared fourth with 11 points in 14 postseason matchups ... Set career-highs in every offensive category with 24 goals, 29 assists and 53 points in 79 games during the regular season this year

--- Brett Sterling: Shared fifth on the team with four goals and seventh with 10 points in nine postseason matchups ... Led the team and shared sixth in the league with 34 goals, despite appearing in only 55 games during the regular season ... Held third on the team with 56 points

WOLF TRACKS


--- Chicago's Game 7 loss to Texas in the West Division Finals was just the second time in franchise history the team has lost a winner-take-all matchup (7-2) and first time they lost one at the Allstate Arena (5-1).

--- The Wolves set a postseason franchise record with three shutouts during the 2010 Calder Cup playoffs; goaltender Peter Mannino matched a club playoff record with two shutouts in one postseason, while netminder Drew MacIntyre pitched the other blanking.

--- Despite being eliminated by Texas in Game 7 of the West Division Finals, the Wolves staved off elimination in Game 6 and are 16-10 all-time (.615) when facing elimination in the postseason, which includes a 12-5 mark in the Calder Cup playoffs (.706).

--- Four of Chicago's 14 playoff games were decided in overtime (1-3), which matches a postseason franchise record; the Wolves went 4-0 in extra time in the 2002 postseason en route to claiming their first Calder Cup title.

--- Defenseman Chris Chelios, the NHL's all-time leader with 266 career Stanley Cup playoff games played, accrued 12 penalty minutes in 14 contests during his Calder Cup playoff debut.

--- Nine of Chicago's 14 playoff games were decided by one goal (4-5), which includes three of the seven West
Division Finals matchups.

MAN-ADVANTAGE MANIA


--- Eight of Chicago's 24 goals during the West Division Finals were scored on the power play (eight of 26); the Wolves finished the postseason ranked second in the AHL with a 30.8 power-play rating (16 of 52), after notching a franchise-low 56 power-play strikes on 324 chances (17.3) during the regular season.

WEST DIVISION FINALS REWIND (3-4)


Tue., May 11
Texas 6, (at) Chicago 5 (OT)
--- The Chicago Wolves took the lead three times but the Texas Stars battled back on each occasion and forced overtime before forward Jamie Benn snared the game-winner to give Texas the 6-5 win in Game 7 of the West Division Finals at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Spencer Machacek (2G), Brett Sterling, Tim Stapleton and Jason Krog lit the lamp for Chicago
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre turned aside 47 of 53 shots in regulation and overtime

 

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