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Thursday, 04.27.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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JUST NEED ONE MORE!
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Bridgeport, Friday at 7:30 pm

FOR TIX: 203.368.1000 or www.ticketmaster.com

By Corey Witt

Masi Marjamaki's overtime goal on Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has put the Bridgeport Sound Tigers back on track. After the teams split the first four games, the best-of-seven East Division semifinal all of sudden became a best-of-three heading into last night. With Bridgeport's win, it's now a "win-and-advance" situation for the Sound Tigers, who are up three games to two in the series. One more win and they advance to the East Division finals against the Hershey Bears.

The news gets better for the Sound Tigers. Game Six will take place tomorrow night at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard with the puck dropping at 7:35. More good news is that the Sound Tigers had a 21-13-4 regular season record at home. But the bad news is that the road team has won each of the first five games of the series. That's an obvious trend the Sound Tigers want to break.
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According to Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post, coming into this postseason, a total of 85 best-of-seven series have been tied 2-2 according to the AHL. The winner of Game Five has gone on to win 81.2 percent of those series.

For those who missed it, Islanders 2005 first round draft pick Ryan O'Marra returned to the Sound Tigers' lineup last night and made his AHL post-season debut. He missed the first four games of the series with an eye infection. He centered a line with Blake Comeau and Chris Thompson and looked steady and solid.

Great seats are still available for Game Six on Friday night and Sound Tigers playoff tickets cost as little as $11. Tickets can be purchased at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard box office by calling 203-368-1000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Sound Tigers Playoff Gift Packs -- which include four tickets, an autographed puck and four SportsCenter of CT activity passes -- are also on sale for as little as $69.

Long Island fans can purchase a special $16 round-trip fare on the Port Jefferson Ferry during the playoffs. Advance purchase is required through New England Tours by calling 631-473-5138 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. The last ferry will also wait until 15 minutes after the end of the game or 10:30 pm, whichever comes first, to depart following weekend playoff games at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard. Log on to www.bpjferry.com to find out more.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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