On Friday night the Chicago Wolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead eventually winning the game 7-3. On Saturday the Griffins did the same, jumping out to a 3-0 advantage in the first 11 minutes of the game and won 4-2.
The Griffins will look to take a 3-1 strangle hold on the series when they face the Wolves tonight in game four of the Central Division Finals.
Tyler Bertuzzi has continued his playoff mastery now having points in all six postseason games for the Griffins. He scored what ended up being the game winning goal.
Chicago made an attempt at a comeback scoring two quick goals in the third period. But defenseman Joe Hicketts scored a goal from near the boards on a terrible angle to eventually put the game away for Grand Rapids.
Jared Coreau played much better in the win stopping 27 of the 29 Wolves shots. He is now 5-1 this post season. The Griffins penalty kill was solid again stopping the Wolves on all four of their power play chances.
To say the least, this series has been chippy. In fact, during the first three game of the series, there has been a combined total of 106 penalty minutes shared between the two teams, including three game misconduct penalties.
Brian Lashoff will be held out of the lineup for a second straight game due to an injury. Colin Campbell will be a game time decision. If Campbell is unable to play, rookie Axel Holmstrom will be inserted into the lineup for the Griffins.
With the St. Louis Blues now eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz will now be heading back to the Wolves. No word if they will be in the lineup for tonight’s game.
The puck will drop just after 7 p.m. tonight. Catch all of the play-by-play on ESPN 96.1 or on ahllive.com.