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Sabres Daily: Americans Eliminated; Cup Final Predictions



The Rochester Americans Calder Cup playoff came to an end on Friday, as the Hershey Bears made a second-period goal from Shane Gersich stand up in a 1-0 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Bears goalie Hunter Shepherd made 24 saves for his second shutout of the series. Hershey’s stifling defense was most apparent on the road, where they won all three games at Blue Cross Arena, and in the six games, they limited the Americans to one power-play goal.

After the loss, Amerks head coach Seth Appert was appreciative of what a group comprised of AHL veterans and top prospects Jiri Kulich and Isak Rosen accomplished.

“If you would have said at the beginning of the year that you have finished in second place and be in the Conference Finals, pushing for the Calder Cup. I think we all would have been ‘I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but that’s great.’ Amerks head coach Seth Appert said after the loss. “I think that the growth of the team is probably the thing that sticks out the most.”


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Cup Predictions Buffalo-Style

Long-time Swedish reporter Per Bjugman annually compiles predictions on the Stanley Cup Final from dozens of reporters and former and current Swedish NHLers.

In the Buffalo Sabres sphere, winger Victor Olofsson predicts that the Vegas Golden Knights will win the series starting Saturday in six games. Former Sabres goalie Mikael Telleqvist also picked Vegas, while former Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark (who lost to Florida in a first-round upset) predicted the Panthers to win in six games. Ex-Buffalo first-rounder Calle Johansson and former Sabre Marcus Johansson also chose Florida.


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