A few quick updates towards the end of a long weekend (more to come later this evening):
Manchester Monarchs fans can breathe easily. The Monarchs took a 3-0 lead in their decisive Game 5 against Portland last night, surrendered three unanswered goals, and won the game on a pair of huge markers by Michael Mersch and Adrian Kempe 20 seconds apart early in the third period. They won the series three games to two and will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the second round. Before quotes are posted later today, click here for the Union Leader’s recap.
The second round schedule:
Game, Date / Time, Home / Away
1 May 6 / 7 p.m. vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
2 May 7 / 7 p.m. vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
3 May 9 / 7:05 p.m. at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
4 May 11 / 7:05 p.m. at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
5* May 12 / 7:05 p.m. at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
6* May 15 / 7 p.m. vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
7* May 16 / 7 p.m. vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Make sure to read my LAK.com story on Nick Shore and the Monarchs’ playoff quest: SHORED UP
At the World Championships yesterday, Marian Gaborik and Slovakia beat Denmark, Anze Kopitar and Slovenia lost to Belarus, and Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist in the United States’ 2-1 win over Norway.
Early Sunday at the World Championships, Anze Kopitar had a goal, but Russia defeated Slovenia, 5-3.