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Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 9-1 in Calder Cup Playoffs action since being reassigned from the Predators to Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Admirals--the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate--split the first two games of the Calder Cup finals over the weekend, defeating the Hershey Bears 2-1 Friday then losing 6-3 Saturday. The series, which opened with Games 1 and 2 in Milwaukee's Bradley Center, will resume on Saturday, June 10 in Hershey, Pa.
For the Admirals, Saturday's loss was the team's first in over a month of playoff action. Milwaukee dropped a 4-2 decision in Game 6 of a West Division Semifinal series against Iowa on April 28, then ran off a string of 10 consecutive wins. Bolstered by the reassignment of Predators Jordin Tootoo, Scottie Upshall, Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne to the club, the Admirals swept both the Houston Aeros and the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Upshall, who posted goals on both Friday and Saturday, has 14 points (5g, 9a) in 10 games since returning to Milwaukee and goaltender Pekka Rinne is 9-1 with a goals against average of 2.40 and a save percentage of .924. Tootoo, who sparked the April 30th Game 7 win over Iowa that started the winning streak, has eight goals and two assists in 11 games. Weber has eight points in 10 games (5g, 3a). Forward Darren Haydar, who spent the full 2005-06 season in Milwaukee, leads all playoff players in scoring with 15 goals and 16 assists in 17 games.
View: Game 1 Summary (Milwaukee 2, Hershey 1)
View: Game 2 Summary (Hershey 6, Milwaukee 3)
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