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Griffins draw first blood in Western Conference finals

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Jared Coreau

Detroit – Grand Rapids opened the AHL Western Conference finals Saturday night with a 3-1 victory in San Jose.

Goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 26 shots and the Griffins – the Red Wings’ minor league affiliate – killed all six San Jose power plays, as the Griffins took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Grand Rapids has now killed 20 consecutive penalties in the playoffs.

Game 2 is Sunday in San Jose, before the series shifts Wednesday to Grand Rapids.

Mitch Callahan, Ben Street and Matthew Ford (power play) scored Griffins goals, and Eric Tangradi had two assists.

The Griffins are now 8-1 during the playoffs.

Griffins vs. Barracuda

What: Grand Rapids Griffins vs. San Jose Barracuda in best-of-seven AHL Western Conference finals series

At stake: Spot in Calder Cup finals

Tickets: griffinshockey.com

SCHEDULE

Home games at Van Andel Arena

Saturday: Grand Rapids 3, San Jose 1

Sunday: at San Jose, 8 p.m.

Wednesday: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

Friday: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

*Saturday, May 27: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

*Tuesday, May 30: at San Jose, 10 p.m.

*Wednesday, May 31: at San Jose, 10 p.m.

*If necessary