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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

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday