The Grand Rapids Griffins captured their first Calder Cup title in franchise history on Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch. The Detroit Red Wings affiliate won the series in six games and held the Crunch to an 0-for-6 mark on the power play during the deciding contest.
Tomas Tatar chipped in with two goals for the Griffins, including an empty-netter to clinch the trophy for Grand Rapids. He won the Jack A. Butterfield Award as the most valuable player in the American Hockey League playoffs. Tatar had 16 goals and 21 points during Grand Rapids’ post-season run.
The Toronto Marlies and their fans can take solace in the fact that they were eliminated by the best in Grand Rapids. If the Boston Bruins are able to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks and win the Stanley Cup, then both Toronto franchises will have the distinction of losing to the eventual champions.