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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 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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