Alexandre Giroux celebrates after his overtime goal in Game 5. (Image via the Patriot News).

Celebration In Chocolatetown: The Hershey Bears Are Your 2010 Calder Cup Champions

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Recap: Bears 4, Stars 0

The AHL has released the official game recap of the Bears 4-0 Calder Cup clinching victory over the Texas Stars.

Forward Chris Bourque was named playoff MVP:

Bears forward Chris Bourque won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, finishing with a league-leading 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 21 games. The 24-year-old Boston native and son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque turned pro in 2005 and has played five seasons in Hershey, making four Finals appearances and winning three Calder Cups.

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Bears Win 4-0 To Clinch Second Consecutive AHL Title

The Hershey Bears have clinched their second consecutive Calder Cup Championship on the heels of a 4-0 shutout victory over the Texas Stars in Game 6.

John Carlson and Karl Alzner scored in the first period and Patrick McNeill added goals in the second and third period to lead Hershey. Michael Neuvirth was credited with the shutout.

This is the 11th Calder Cup Championship for the Bears, and third as the minor league affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

The Bears went 60-17-3 in the regular season for 123 points, the greatest regular season in AHL history.

Stay tuned to this stream for updates following the game.

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Bears Come Back In Series, And In Every Game They've Won

If the Hershey Bears have one thing going for them in the Calder Cup Finals, it's resiliency.

As Bears winger Andrew Gordon told Russian Machine Never Dies, even when the team falls behind, the players don't lose hope.

After allowing the first goal of the game (another unfortunate bounce off of poor Karl Alzner’s face), we remained calm and composed. It was as if the goal had never even happened. To me, this is a sign that we were ready for battle. Playoff games are often won in the third period or later, so allowing a goal in the first didn’t intimidate us. We have come from behind in every game we’ve won in this series, as well as many times in prior series, so it did not seem insurmountable.

The Bears' overtime victory in Game 5 proved that. On Monday night, the Hershey Bears will go for their second straight Calder Cup, and 11th all time. A win in Game 6 on Monday, or in Game 7 on Wednesday if necessary, would also make the Bears the first team in AHL history to go down 2-0 on home ice and still come back to win the final series.

So if the Bears fall behind early tomorrow night, don't worry. Falling behind early actually suits them quite well.

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Alexandre Giroux Delivers 2-1 Overtime Victory For Bears

The Hershey Bears took a definitive three games to two lead over the Texas Stars with a 2-1 overtime victory in game five of the Calder Cup Finals tonight at Cedar Park Center. Tonight’s win was their third consecutive in Texas to take the series lead.

The Bears fell behind early as Aaron Gagnon of the Stars earned a goal in the first period, but the Bears fought back and tied the game halfway through the second period with a goal from Francois Bouchard. That’s how the score remained through the end of regulation.

The real stars tonight were goalkeeper Michal Neuvirth, who made several key saves to keep the Bears in the game, and left wing Alexandre Giroux who added the game winner in overtime. The goal was Giroux’s 14th of the playoffs.

The Bears will have a chance to close out the series and win their second straight Calder Cup at home on Monday night.

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NHL Network To Carry Remaining Games In Calder Cup Finals

Good news for hockey fans: the remaining three games of the Calder Cup Finals between the Hershey Bears and the Texas Stars will be carried live on NHL Network, according to the Capitals.

Great news from @NHL Network: it will carry Games 5-6-7 of the Calder Cup in the US (Games 6-7 in Canada). No blackouts.    

If you don't get NHL network, no worries, the games will be on Comcast SportsNet as well. Game 5 is tonight at 8:30 from Dallas, with the series tied at two games apiece.

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John Carlson Scores Game Winning Goal, Series Even At Two

With the game tied up at 2-2 deep in the third period, John Carlson scored a power play goal to put the Bears up 3-2. Alexander Giroux added an empty net insurance goal to make the final score 4-2 over the Texas Stars.

The series is now tied up with both teams winning two games on the road and just three games left to decide the Calder Cup champion.

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Join The Game Thread At Japers' Rink

Join fellow Capitals and Bears fans at SB Nation's Capitals blog, Japers' Rink, to discuss every moment of this crucial Game 4.

The game is being aired live on Comcast Sportsnet in the Washington, DC area.

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Hershey Bears Look To Even Up Calder Cup Finals At Two

For a moment, it looked like the Hershey Bears were going to go down 3-0 to the Texas Stars. The Bears fell behind 3-1 in the first period of Game 3, and it didn't look good. But then, like their NHL affiliate did so often this year, the Bears went on an offensive explosion, scoring five straight goals in a 6-3 win to cut Texas' lead to 2-1.

Tonight, the Bears try to knot the series at two. The game, which is in Texas, will air at 8:30 p.m. tonight on Comcast SportsNet. You know you'd rather watch this than the Stanley Cup Finals. 

To get you excited for this game, here is Andrew Gordon's take, via Russian Machine Never Breaks.

GO BEARS!

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Game Recap of the Hershey Bears 6-3 Win Over Texas Stars

AHL.com has the full game story of what took place in the exciting Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals where the Bears beat the Stars 6-3, bringing the series to 2-1 going into Game 4.

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Game Over, Hershey Defeats Texas 6-3

A furious comeback, including a dominating five unanswered goals, was good enough to give the Bears their first win against Texas in the quest for the Calder Cup. The Bears now trail the Stars 2-1 in the series.

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Five Unanswered Goals Give The Bears A 6-3 Lead

Via Mike Vogel:

Alzner blasts one from pt. to make it 6-3. Looked like he was going off when puck came to him. That goal longer than previous five combined.    

It appears that the Bears have taken total control of this one with less than six minutes to play in Game three.

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Two Quick Goals Give Hershey A 5-3 Lead

Perreault scores his second goal of the game immediately after Chris Bourque scores giving the Hershey Bears a 5-3 lead against the Texas Stars.

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Perreault's Quick Strike Ties The Game, 3-3

Mathieu Perreault scored just 88 seconds after Kyle Wilson, as the Bears have tied Game 3, 3-3.

Via Mike Vogel:

Bears have scored on consecutive shots on goal and have three tallies on just 11 shots for the night.

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Bears Draw Closer In The Second, Now Trail 3-2

Kyle Wilson scored his second goal on the night, ending an 0-16 power play slump for the Bears and cutting the Texas Stars’ lead in half to 3-2.

Keith Aucoin fought through a Stars’ defenseman and fed Wilson in the crease, who deposited the puck into the empty net.

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Stars Add Yet Another Tally To End High Scoring First Period, Lead 3-1

John Carlson gambled in the neutral zone and it cost Hershey, as Raymond Sawada scored on a feed from Scott McCulloch, pushing the Stars lead to 3-1.

The Carlson-Alzner pairing, soon to be featured in Washington, struggled in the first period.

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Neuvirth's Gaffe Gives Texas A 2-1 Lead

Michal Neuvirth misplayed the puck in his own zone and Francis Wathier capitalized for Texas, who now leads 2-1 after the shorthanded tally.

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Bears Respond To Tie The Game, 1-1

Kyle Wilson finished a beautiful passing sequence off a feed from Francois Bouchard as Hershey evened the score at one apiece in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals.

The even strength goal came at 10:33 of the first period.

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Stars Strike First To Take 1-0 Lead

With Matthieu Perrault in the penalty box for high sticking, Texas’ Andrew Hutchinson scored on a four on three power play just 5:59 into the first period, staking the Stars to a 1-0 lead over the Bears.

Hutchinson’s cross-ice pass deflected off of Hershey forward Boyd Kane’s stick and past goalie Michal Neuvirth.

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Join The Game 3 Open Thread At Japers' Rink

The game is on Comcast Sportsnet and the open thread can be found at Japers’ Rink.

Tonight lacking any Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBA Finals, or local baseball action, you have no excuses to miss out on a crucial Game 3 for the CapitalsAHL affiliate.

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Hershey Heads To Texas For Game 3

Tonight, the Hershey Bears will look to secure their first win of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals when the head to Texas to take on the Stars.

The Stars lead the series 2-0 after stealing both games in Hershey, the defending Calder Cup champions.

Live coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Sportsnet. Additionally, be sure to check this stream throughout the game for updates.

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Stars Score In Final Minute, Take 2-0 Series Lead Back To Texas

Given the nature of the game, it was only fitting that tonight’s game would be decided in the final minute. Here’s stream favorite Corey Masisak with the breakdown of the final goal:

Texas scores with 45.3 left. Backhanded knuckler over Neuvirth’s shoulder.

Original shot went off end wall. Shot knuckled and floated over Neuvirth, who took a swipe with his glove and missed.

The loss means the Bears have to win three straight, including the next two in Texas. The good news is that the Bears won’t have the opportunity to give up a 3-1 series lead.

Game 3 is Monday night in Texas.

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We Have Another Tie! Hershey Evens It At 3-3 In The Third Period

It’s heating up in Hershey, here’s the latest from the Caps’ Twitter account:

Bears tie it up 3-3. Under ten mins remain

Looks like we have a thriller on our hands. Stay tuned.

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Stars Take The Lead In The Third

Corey Masisak delivers the tough news for Caps and Bears fans:

Perttu Lindgren skates thru 3 Bears and leaves a pass for a lay-up goal. 3-2 Stars. McNeil-Helmer-Bouchard the goats, i believe.

The Bears are running out of time to avoid a 2-0 deficit as the series heads to Texas.

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Bears And Stars Trade Goals, Knotted Up At 2 In The Second Period

Much like the first period, Hershey and Texas traded goals very quickly in the second period.

Dallas struck first with a goal on a power play. Corey Masisak provides the details:

Stars get a PP goal – hit something in front and took a bad bounce.

Puck hit Bryan Helmer in front – Neuivrth had no chance. 2-1 Texas midway thru the second.

Shortly after, François Bouchard evened the game back up.

GOAL: Bouchard answers back with nice point shot that went lower blocker side. All tied at 2-2

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Steve Pinizotto Ties The Game At 1

Isn’t Twitter great? No TV? No problem! We now know the Calder cup is once again tied, thanks to @washcaps:

Pinizzotto, with a great hustle short-handed and a nice clapper top shelf to tie this game at one.

We have ourselves a game, folks!

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Hershey Falls Behind 1-0 In First Minute

If the Bears are going to pull out a win before heading to Texas, they'll have to do it by working out of a deficit. Corey Masisak provides the first update from tonight's action:

Alzner-Carlson yield 2 breakwaways on their 1st shift. that's one too many. 1-0 Stars 60 seconds in.

Still plenty of game to go, we'll see what happens.

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Hershey Bears Look To Even Up Calder Cup Series In Game 2

After fallin 2-1 in Game 1, Washington's minor league squad, the Hershey Bears look to get even in Game 2 of the Calder Cup series. Although you won't be able to catch tonight's game on TV, games 3-5 will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet.

Until then, check out this neat feature about the history of the Hershey Bears and their connection to the Capitals from Michael Jenkins of CSN Washington, via Russian Machine Never Breaks:


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Bears Stumble In Game 1

Texas never trailed as Hershey suffered its first home loss of the playoffs and only its second loss in the last 39 games at the Giant Center.

For more, check out the official AHL game recap and stop by Japers’ Rink Friday morning for coverage in Caps Clips.

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Join The Live Game Thread At Japers' Rink

Head over to SB Nation’s Washington Capitals blog, Japers’ Rink, to join the Game 1 Open Thread.

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David Versus Goliath In Calder Cup Finals?

Puck Daddy has an excellent feature up previewing the Calder Cup Finals matchup between the Hershey Bears and Texas Stars, which begins tonight in Hershey.

Greg Wyshynski interviews two hockey experts in his preview, among them Hershey Bears backer Marty Vance.

Vance shed light on the finals mismatch that history would suggest:

The Hershey Bears already come in to these finals as the most storied franchise in AHL history. They just completed the single greatest regular season in league history, posting a regular-season record of 60-17-3. They are the defending Calder Cup Champions; they’ve now played in four of the last five Calder Cup finals. This franchise has 61 playoff appearances in their 72 seasons. They’ve won 301 playoff games and they’ve lost 254. They’ve won 65 series and they’ve lost 50. They captured 10 titles; hell, they’ve even lost 11 others. The quintessential AHL franchise? You bet.

Their opponent? The Texas Stars. Well, these Stars, they don’t have a history. In this, their inaugural season of play, they find themselves in the Calder Cup Finals, facing arguably the greatest team in AHL history.

It’s Drago vs. Balboa. It’s David vs. Goliath. It’s USA vs. Estonia. It’s Hawks vs. Flyers. It’s the 2009-2010 Calder Cup Finals.

If you’re a sports fan and that doesn’t even mildly excite you, I’m not sure what will.

Be sure to follow Vance on twitter, as he will be updating throughout the game from Hershey.

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Hershey Bears Begin Calder Cup Defense Tonight Against Texas Stars

The Hershey Bears took a definitive three games to two lead over the Texas Stars with a 2-1 overtime victory in game five of the Calder Cup Finals tonight at Cedar Park Center. Tonight's win was their third consecutive in Texas to take the series lead.

The Bears fell behind early as Aaron Gagnon of the Stars earned a goal in the first period, but the Bears fought back and tied the game halfway through the second period with a goal from Francois Bouchard. That's how the score remained through the end of regulation.

The real stars tonight were goalkeeper Michal Neuvirth, who made several key saves to keep the Bears in the game, and left wing Alexandre Giroux who added the game winner in overtime. The goal was Giroux's 14th of the playoffs.

The Bears will have a chance to close out the series and win their second straight Calder Cup at home on Monday night.

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