105 points, 50 wins, and finishing first in the AHL in the regular season mean nothing in the playoffs. The Providence Bruins are the #1 seed about to get swept by the #8 seeded Hershey Bears and it's a disaster.
Here's a quick recap of the series in case you have blocked it out from the emotional trauma it has caused:
- Game 1: Hershey wins 5-2, getting Svedberg pulled in the 2nd period, scoring on 50% of their power plays, and pretty much dominating in every way. It sucked.
- Game 2: Providence was better, but they still blew a 1-goal lead with less than 2 minutes left in the game, then lost 2 minutes later in overtime with Exelby in the penalty box for a stupid high sticking penalty.
- Game 3 is Saturday night in Hershey. If Hershey wins, they win the series, because the AHL is a bunch of assholes who think it's appropriate to make a hockey series best-of-five.
- Special teams failures.
- Poor goaltending.
- Exelby sucks.
- Hershey's Joey Crabb won the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2007-08.
- Ryan Potulny holds an AHL record - he scored the OT winner in the longest game ever played. In the 2008 playoffs as a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms, in round 1, game 5, he ended the game 2:58 into the 5th overtime. Potulny also won a Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators in 2010-11 season, and was the leading scorer in the playoffs that year.
- Nicholas Deschamps went to the Calder Cup finals with the Toronto Marlies last year (they lost to the Norfolk Admirals.)
- Boyd Kane won a Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05, then two more with Hershey in 2005-06 and 2009-10. He has over 100 career AHL playoff games.
- Jon DiSalvatore went to the finals with the Calder Cup finals with the Houston Aeroes in 2010-11.
- Casey Wellman also went to the finals with the Houston Aeroes in 2010-11.
- Matt Pope went to the finals with the Manitoba Moose in 2008-09, before losing to the Hershey Bears in the finals.