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Hershey Bears Begin AHL Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday Night

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Capitals prospects are 8-0 in the Calder Cup playoffs

Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2006 – The Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Washington Capitals, continue their quest for the Calder Cup Wednesday, May 17, when they begin the Eastern Conference Finals against the Portland Pirates in Portland, Maine.

The Bears, seeking their ninth Calder Cup championship and first since 1997, have swept both Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the first two rounds of the AHL playoffs. They are the only team without a loss thus far in the playoffs.

Twenty-two Capitals prospects have seen action for the Bears during their playoff run, including 15 players who appeared in at least one game with the Capitals in 2005-06. The Bears’ roster includes seven players who were first-round NHL draft picks, including Capitals’ first-round picks from 2004 (Mike Green and Jeff Schultz), 2003 (Eric Fehr) and 2002 (Boyd Gordon).

Goaltender Frederic Cassivi has a 1.67 goals-against average (second in the AHL) and a .937 save percentage (third) in his league-leading eight playoff wins, including a 1-0 shutout of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in Game 4 of the East Division Finals. Four Bears have averaged at least a point per game offensively, led by center Kris Beech (four goals, six assists in eight games) and left wing Tomas Fleischmann (three goals, six assists in seven games). Centers Graham Mink and Dave Steckel share the team lead with five goals each. Mike Green leads Hershey defensemen and ranks tied for fifth among AHL defensemen with seven points (all assists).

Capitals fans can follow the Calder Cup playoff action at or, and can listen to live audio of the Bears’ games at

AHL Eastern Conference Finals Schedule
Wed., May 17    Game 1: Hershey at Portland    7:05 p.m.
Thurs., May 18    Game 2: Hershey at Portland    7:05 p.m.
Sat., May 20    Game 3: Portland at Hershey    7 p.m.
Sun., May 21    Game 4: Portland at Hershey    6 p.m.
*Tues., May 23    Game 5: Hershey at Portland    7:05 p.m.
*Wed., May 24    Game 6: Hershey at Portland    7:05 p.m.
*Tues., May 30    Game 7: Portland at Hershey    7 p.m.
* If necessary
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