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Tatar scores twice to lead Grand Rapids Griffins to Calder Cup championship

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tatar scores twice to lead Grand Rapids Griffins to Calder Cup championship

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Tomas Tatar scored twice as the Grand Rapids Griffins won the Calder Cup on Tuesday with a 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the American Hockey League's championship series.

Tatar scored on the power play 12:41 into the second period then added an empty-net goal for some insurance in the final minute of play.

Defenceman Brennan Evans had the winner for Grand Rapids, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Mitch Callahan had a goal and an assist for the Griffins. Joakim Andersson also had an empty-net goal.

Petr Mrazek made 17 saves for the win.

Richard Panik gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead near the end of the first period. Andrej Sustr also scored for the farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins stopped 13 of 16 shots for the Crunch.

Grand Rapids went 2 for 4 on the power play, while Syracuse couldn't score on six man advantages.

Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3