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Nash Daily: Admirals Keep Calder Cup Run Alive In Convincing Fashion

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Coach Karl Taylor and his Milwaukee Admirals seem to perform best when their backs are against the wall.

The Admirals improved to 5-0 when facing elimination in this year’s AHL Calder Cup Playoffs with a 7-2 win over the Coachella Valley Firebirds at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Thursday night. Coachella Valley still holds a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.

“They just want to continue the season,” Taylor told reporters after the game. “Obviously, there’s a lot of desperation in the room. Elimination games, like we’ve talked about, can be difficult. But this is a team that is really tight … and they don’t want it to end.”

Six different Milwaukee players scored on Thursday, led by Fedor Svechkov with two goals. Wade Allison, Joakim Kemell, Zachary L’Heureux, Phil Tomasino and Roland McKeown also registered tallies.

Svechkov’s power-play goal 12:44 into the second period broke a 2-2 tie. From there, the Admirals reeled off four unanswered goals to earn their seventh postseason win.

Milwaukee enters another must-win situation in Game 5 at home on Saturday night. If the Admirals manage another victory, the series will head back to California for Games 6 and 7.

Taylor believes his team is up to the task.

“This is a fun group to watch,” Taylor said. “You can tell how much they care about each other, and how hard they support each other, whether it’s physically or when we score. All those things that you’re looking for – the good signs – are there with this group. As a fan or someone who loves sports, this is a great opportunity to see a team that’s blue-collar and going to work really hard to try to put a great product out there for you.”

Nashville Hockey Now

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman gave 102.5 The Game an update on the Juuse Saros situation Thursday. Nashville Hockey Now’s Clay Brewer worked through what it means for the Predators.

Michael Gallagher’s final story as a full-time writer for Nashville Hockey Now was an informative mailbag which touches on multiple Predators prospects and who the team could target in trades this offseason.

If you missed it, Nashville recently brought back longtime assistant coach Mitch Korn to serve as the organization’s director of goaltending. Korn and general manager Barry Trotz have a close working relationship from their tenures with the Predators, Washington Captials and New York Islanders.

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