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#TBT: New Marlies assistant coach Davison once scored 200-foot goal

While playing with the Islanders, former defenseman turned a clear into a shorthanded score

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You can't teach 200-foot goals, but the new Toronto Marlies assistant coach might want to try.

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AHL Notebook: Sabres focused on improved development culture in Rochester

Buffalo general manager Jason Botterill saw importance while with Penguins for back-to-back Stanley Cup wins

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins used the Stanley Cup Final to show the importance of player development in the American Hockey League.

For the Predators, 96 percent of their roster had graduated from the AHL; 92 percent of the Penguins roster were AHL alumni.

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AHL Notebook: Todd Nelson praised by Grand Rapids

Coach helps Griffins win second Calder Cup in past five seasons

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson often speaks about the concept of the art and science of guiding a team.

"The science is all of the systems work," Nelson said. "The art is getting the guys to play hard for you and trying to mesh your team together. We came together as a group really early in the season."

Grand Rapids won its second Calder Cup championship in five seasons Tuesday. A 4-3 win against the stubborn Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final ended a 15-4 postseason, 10-0 at home.

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Grand Rapids wins Calder Cup, defeats Syracuse in Game 6

Red Wings affiliate scores twice in third period to earn AHL championship

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- The Grand Rapids Griffins are American Hockey League champions for the second time in five seasons after they defeated the Syracuse Crunch 4-3 in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday.

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Syracuse extends Calder Cup Finals with Game 5 win against Grand Rapids

Lightning affiliate scores five times in first period

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Syracuse scored five times in the first period and extended the Calder Cup Finals with a 5-1 win against Grand Rapids in Game 5 at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday.

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AHL Notebook: Calder Cup Final continues

Grand Rapids resumes quest for second championship, holds 2-0 lead against Syracuse in best-of-7 series

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

A last-minute win and a double-overtime victory separate the Grand Rapids Griffins from the Syracuse Crunch through the first two games of the Calder Cup Final.

Grand Rapids will take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series on the road for Game 3 on Wednesday. The American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings is seeking its second Calder Cup championship in five seasons. The Griffins defeated the Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in six games in 2013.

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AHL Notebook: Grand Rapids, Syracuse vie in Calder Cup Final

Affiliates of Red Wings, Lightning competing for championship

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The American Hockey League is flashing back to 2013 in the 2017 Calder Cup Finals.

Grand Rapids and Syracuse are playing their second final in five seasons. Grand Rapids defeated Syracuse in six games in 2013 and won Game 1 on Friday.

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AHL Notebook: Western Conference Final foes have similar looks

Grand Rapids, San Jose built around strong prospects, proven veterans, puck-possession style of play

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

Grand Rapids and San Jose are getting a look at mirror-image versions of themselves during the Western Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Each team tore through the American Hockey League this season. San Jose, the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, finished first in the Pacific Division and had the second-best points percentage in the league at .699 (95 points in 68 games), just behind the .704 (107 points in 76 games) of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins). Grand Rapids (Detroit Red Wings) had the sixth-best points percentage at .658 and had 100 points to finish second in the Central Division behind Chicago (St Louis Blues), which had 101 points.

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AHL Notebook: Game 7s will decide Eastern Conference finalists

Syracuse-Toronto, Providence-Hershey winners will advance to next round of Calder Cup Playoffs

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

There will be two Game 7s in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Wednesday.

With spots in the Eastern Conference final on the line, the Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins will play, as will the Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies. The winners face off in the next round.

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AHL Notebook: Providence making big impact in Calder Cup Playoffs

Bruins affiliate succeeding with balance of winning, player development

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

Providence, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins, has continued its impressive run through the Calder Cup Playoffs.

After eliminating regular-season champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins) in the first round, Providence is making another push against their second-round opponent, Hershey (Washington Capitals).

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