- Centre Jason Krog scored two goals as the Chicago Wolves thumped the Toronto Marlies 5-0 on Sunday for a two-game lead in the American Hockey League Western Conference championship series.
Krog, the AHL regular season most valuable player, scored twice within the game's opening four minutes and now has five goals in the series' first two games - both Chicago victories at suburban Allstate Arena.
Wolves defender Joel Kwiatkowski made it 3-0 on a power play at the 6:51 mark of the first period, while Chicago centre Brian Little and right winger Joey Crabb each collected second-period goals.
The Marlies, meanwhile, had just 14 shots on goal in the first two periods and failed on five power-plays opportunities.
Chicago goalie Ondrej Pavelec turned back 24 Toronto shots as he lowered his series goals against average to 0.5, while Marlies keeper Scott Clemmensen saved 21 of 26 shots by the Wolves.
The Wolves have now won four straight post-season games as they seek their first Calder Cup appearance since 2005.
The Marlies are off to an 0-2 start for the second consecutive playoff series. They rallied to win four of the final five games against Syracuse in the AHL North Division finals earlier this month.
The series moves to Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday and would return to suburban Chicago next Friday for Game 5.
The Marlies beat the Wolves 8-3 in the teams' only meeting in Toronto back on April 8.