As we noted earlier, the Lighting’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, are playing the Pens’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in the first round of the AHL playoffs. That series got underway last night, and the Adirmals took after their parent club and beat the Baby Pens to take a 1-0 series lead.
The Baby Pens are heavy favorites in this series. They ran away in all the regular-season categories and are the clear-cut favorite to win the Calder Cup, but like the Hershey Bears were last season. The Admirals won 2-1 in WB/S. Ritola and Pouliot scored for the Admirals in the second, and Veilleux scored for the Pens in the third.
Game 2 is tonight, and you can listen online on the Admirals website while you are deprived of NHL playoff hockey.