The Texas Stars are down 3-2 in the Calder Cup Final following a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies. The Stars face elimination tomorrow, and history is not on their side:
Teams that have won Game 5 in a 2-2 series are 19-1 all-time in the Calder Cup Final. The 1987 Rochester Americans are the only team to come back and win Games 6 and 7 against the Sherbrooke Canadiens after losing Game 5 in a 2-2 series.
A big question going forward is the officiating. Many fans were upset about the lack of calls in Game 5, and it seems as if the referees have swallowed their whistles in the Final in general:
So far in the Calder Cup Final there have been 22 power plays for 68 penalty minutes, an average of 4.4 power plays per game and 13.6 PIM/game.
By comparison, the Stanley Cup Final had 30 combined power plays in five games and 129 penalty minutes. That was an average of six power plays per game and 25.8 PIM per contest.
You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s 20/20 thoughts on Saturday’s game here.
Around the League
Sunday is always a slow news day, doubly so when the season is over. So I apologize for the lack of links.
As reported yesterday, it looks like the San Jose Sharks plan to buyout Paul Martin. But who else might be out of a job this offseason?
The Vegas Golden Knights were rumored to be the top bidder for Erik Karlsson at the trade deadline. Elliotte Friedman discusses whether the trade could still happen plus more in his 31 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
Alright, now this is going to be prime-time entertainment:
Ovechkin, Holtby set to guest on The Tonight Show https://t.co/jEGbNrFiUB— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 10, 2018
Finally, the Stanley Cup playoffs have come and gone, but what should we take away from it all?