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While most here were enjoying a great Habs victory - the Bulldogs also were putting on an impressive show, beating Oklahoma 5-2.

They looked strong right from the start - especially the Boyd-Dawes-Palushaj line and MacIntyre was stellar.

Fortier left the game injured after a dirty hit from behind by former Hab Greg Stewart.

Here is the report from the Bulldogs website:

Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 5-2 in the opening game of their first round Calder Cup playoff series at Copps Coliseum on Thursday night. Nigel Dawes had a goal and an assist while Andreas Engqvist and Kyle Klubertanz had two assists in the win.

The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 1:38 of the first period with a power-play goal. Kyle Klubertanz fired a shot on net that was tipped by Dustin Boyd. Oklahoma City starting goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made the save but Nigel Dawes grabbed the loose rebound and fired it past the netminder. The ‘Dogs took a 2-0 lead at 9:43. Andrew Conboy deked past a Barons defender before snapping a shot on net. The rebound bounced out to Olivier Fortier, who fired it past a diving Deslauriers. Ryan Russell gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead at 16:41. Russell received the puck from Andreas Engqvist while positioned in front of the net. Russell took the pass on his backhand before moving the puck to his forehand and firing a shot past Deslauriers. Martin Gerber replaced Deslauriers in the Oklahoma City net to start the second period.

The Barons got on the scoreboard at 7:23 middle frame. Ryan O’Marra sent the puck behind the net to Ben Ondrus. Ondrus skated up to the side of the net before stuffing the puck between the legs of Hamilton starting goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

The ‘Dogs took a 4-1 lead at 13:39 of the second stanza while on the power play. Klubertanz received a pass from Dawes before sending a cross-ice pass to Aaron Palushaj, who was positioned to the left of the net. Palushaj one-timed a shot that sailed over the shoulder of Gerber and into the net.

Hamilton added its fifth goal at 1:29 of the final frame on the power play. Engqvist dropped the puck to Joe Stejskal, who was stationed at the right point. Stejskal blasted a shot that sailed through traffic and past Gerber. The goal was Stejskal’s first of his professional career.

Oklahoma City scored their second goal at 7:00 of the third period. Ondrus sent the puck to Linus Omark, who proceeded to feed a cross-ice pass to Bryan Helmer. Helmer one-timed the puck past MacIntyre’s blocker and into the net.

The Bulldogs will meet the Barons for Game 2 of their first round series on Saturday, April 16th at 4:00 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. All Hamilton Bulldogs playoff broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Tickets for all Hamilton Bulldogs playoff home games are available now for only $19.50! They can be purchased at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at www.ticketmaster.com or through charge-by-phone at 1-855-872-5000.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

1. HAM – Nigel Dawes – 1 (Dustin Boyd, Kyle Klubertanz) – 1:38 (PP)

2. HAM – Olivier Fortier – 1 (Andrew Conboy, Gabriel Dumont) – 9:43

3. HAM – Ryan Russell – 1 (Andreas Engqvist, J.T. Wyman) – 16:41

2nd Period:

4. OKC – Ben Ondrus – 1 (Ryan O’Marra, Greg Stewart) – 7:23

5. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 1 (Kyle Klubertanz, Nigel Dawes) – 13:39 (PP)

3rd Period:

6. HAM – Joe Stejskal – 1 (Andreas Engqvist) – 1:29 (PP)

7. OKC – Bryan Helmer – 1 (Linus Omark, Ben Ondrus) – 7:00

Scoring:

Oklahoma City: 0-1-1-2

Hamilton: 3-1-1-5

Shots:

Oklahoma City: 8-12-6—26

Hamilton: 6-14-9—29

Goaltending:

Oklahoma City: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (6 shots, 3 saves), Martin Gerber (23 shots, 21 saves)

Hamilton: Drew MacIntyre (26 shots, 24 saves)

Power Play:

Oklahoma City: 0-for-3

Hamilton: 3-for-6

Attendance: 3,292

Three Stars:

1. HAM – Nigel Dawes (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots)

2. HAM – Andreas Engqvist (2 assists, +1, 2 shots)

3. HAM – Kyle Klubertanz (2 assists, 3 shots)

Flamboro Downs Workhorse of the Game: Ryan Russell

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thanks for the thread swansee, great job Bulldogs.

How good/bad is this team they are playing?

They finished fifth in their division - the AHL has a weird crossover rule - so they were better than Abbotsford and the Marlies - so they came over

to play us (the first place team)

They are very big, have NHL experience goalies in Deslauriers and Gerber but we outclassed them last night.

The one wild card is that Edmonton sent back five players from the NHL and of course we have none.

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GO DOGS!

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Much tighter game today - but we came out ahead 2-1 so we are up two games to none :)

Started the first pretty strongly - lots of posts and close calls but as Clues noted - 1-1 at the end - which included a goal by us

with less than 3 seconds left!!!!!

Beautiful goal - a lazer shot in the second was the difference, then we went into defensive mode- not really well done but MacIntyre stole the game for us - he was absolutely outstanding and got the first star.

Fortier is still out and I think that hurt us a bit - our first line of Boyd, Dawes and Palshaj continued their excellent play - Palushaj in particular has really stepped up his game since his call up with Montreal - he plays hard and fills in some of what we lost when DD went up for good. Gerber started in net and played very strongly - it is weird seeing Stewart and Stortini playing against us.

Nearly forgot - Nash had an outstanding game today and has been playing very well of late.

Next three games are in Oklahoma.

Here is today's game report from the Bulldogs Official Site:

April 16, 2011

Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 2-1 in Game 2 of the North Division Semi-Final to take a 2-0 series lead. Drew MacIntyre made 38 saves while Nigel Dawes recorded the game-winning goal.

The Barons opened the game’s scoring at 17:18 of the first frame. Colin McDonald skated into the Bulldogs zone on the right side of the ice before centering a pass to Brad Moran. Moran blasted a shot that beat Hamilton starting goaltender Drew MacIntyre over the blocker.

The ‘Dogs tied the game 1-1 at 19:57 of the opening period. Andreas Engqvist received the puck from Brendon Nash while positioned to the left of the net. Engqvist sent a shot towards the net that bounced off the skate of Oklahoma City starting goaltender Martin Gerber and over the goal line.

Hamilton took a 2-1 lead at 1:03 of the second stanza while on the power play. Frederic St. Denis gave the puck to Aaron Palushaj, who was at the left side boards. Palushaj fed the puck to Dawes, who was in the slot. Dawes one-timed a shot over the glove of Gerber and into the top of the net.

The Bulldogs will travel to Oklahoma City to battle the Barons in Game 3 on Tuesday, April 19th at 8:05 p.m. EST. All Hamilton Bulldogs playoff broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Tickets for all Hamilton Bulldogs playoff home games are available now for only $19.50! They can be purchased at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at www.ticketmaster.com or through charge-by-phone at 1-855-872-5000.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

1. OKC – Brad Moran – 1 (Colin MacDonald) – 17:18

2. HAM – Andreas Engqvist – 1 (Brendon Nash, J.T. Wyman) – 19:57

2nd Period:

3. HAM – Nigel Dawes – 2 (Aaron Palushaj, Frederic St. Denis) – 1:03

3rd Period:

No Scoring

Scoring:

Oklahoma City: 1-0-0--1

Hamilton: 1-1-0--2

Shots:

Oklahoma City: 12-12-15—39

Hamilton: 13-8-2—23

Goaltending:

Oklahoma City: Martin Gerber (23 shots, 21 saves)

Hamilton: Drew MacIntyre (39 shots, 38 saves)

Power Play:

Oklahoma City: 0-for-3

Hamilton: 1-for-6

Attendance: 3,911

Three Stars:

1. HAM – Drew MacIntyre (39 shots, 38 saves)

2. HAM – Nigel Dawes (1 goal, -1, 6 shots)

3. OKC – Teemu Hartikainen (3 shots)

Flamboro Downs Workhorse of the Game: Andreas Engqvist

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I guess MacIntyre wasn't a bad acquisition eh? Just by looking at the box score, he looks to be on fire. 38/39... wow!

Always good to see baby Habs do well.

Ya!Festerling for MacIntyre was a great deal for us.Look at his stats since he started playing with the Dogs.

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April 22, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 2-0 in Game 5 of the North Division Semi-Final to take a 3-2 series lead. Aaron Palushaj and Nigel Dawes had goal and an assist while Dustin Boyd recorded two assists. Drew MacIntyre made 20 saves to earn the shutout.

The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 7:31 of the first frame with a power-play goal. Boyd fired a shot on net that was stopped by Oklahoma City starting goaltender Martin Gerber. Dawes whacked at the rebound but was also stopped by Gerber. Palushaj grabbed the next rebound before flipping the puck over the shoulder of Gerber and into the net.

The ‘Dogs increased their lead to 2-0 at 19:17 of the second stanza. Boyd sent the puck to Dawes, who was positioned in front of the net. Dawes scooped up the puck before firing a shot past a screened Gerber and into the back of the net.

The Bulldogs will return to Hamilton to try and finish off the Barons in Game 6 when they host Oklahoma City for a 4:00 p.m. game at Copps Coliseum on Sunday, April 24th. All Hamilton Bulldogs playoff broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

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April 22, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 2-0 in Game 5 of the North Division Semi-Final to take a 3-2 series lead. Aaron Palushaj and Nigel Dawes had goal and an assist while Dustin Boyd recorded two assists. Drew MacIntyre made 20 saves to earn the shutout.

The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 7:31 of the first frame with a power-play goal. Boyd fired a shot on net that was stopped by Oklahoma City starting goaltender Martin Gerber. Dawes whacked at the rebound but was also stopped by Gerber. Palushaj grabbed the next rebound before flipping the puck over the shoulder of Gerber and into the net.

The ‘Dogs increased their lead to 2-0 at 19:17 of the second stanza. Boyd sent the puck to Dawes, who was positioned in front of the net. Dawes scooped up the puck before firing a shot past a screened Gerber and into the back of the net.

The Bulldogs will return to Hamilton to try and finish off the Barons in Game 6 when they host Oklahoma City for a 4:00 p.m. game at Copps Coliseum on Sunday, April 24th. All Hamilton Bulldogs playoff broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Thanks Habs-Rule for updating - been busy with Easter and all - will only be able to go briefly to tomorrow's game - again Easter gets in the way of hockey!!

Listening to last night's game it certyainly looks like they are back on track!! Palushaj had a great game after his illness (he is not sure if it was flu or food poisoning.

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Thanks Habs-Rule for updating - been busy with Easter and all - will only be able to go briefly to tomorrow's game - again Easter gets in the way of hockey!!

Listening to last night's game it certyainly looks like they are back on track!! Palushaj had a great game after his illness (he is not sure if it was flu or food poisoning.

Won 3-1 after a hard fought game to eliminate a tough Oklahoma City team. more later

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Sorry - make that 4-1 (TWO empty net goals) - I ran out for Easter dinner after the first one :wacko:

Report from the Hamilton Spectator (Garry McKay)

For way too long Sunday afternoon, the Hamilton Bulldogs seemed determined not to shoot the puck at Oklahoma City Barons goaltender Martin Gerber.

Through almost 2½ periods, the Dogs had tested him fewer than a dozen times.

Fortunately for them, defenceman Frédéric St. Denis had no such compunction.

When he got the puck on a power play late in the game, he just teed it up and let it fly. The shot deflected off a Barons defenceman and past Gerber for the winning goal at 17:04 of the third as the Dogs downed Oklahoma City 4-1 to win their the best-of-seven American Hockey League North Division semifinal four games to two.

“It was a bit lucky, but I just threw the puck at the net to see what would happen,” said St. Denis.

“We have to practise shooting the puck more because we have the speed and the talent but we have to make sure we get more pucks on net. Nineteen shots in our barn? That’s not enough to win a series.”

The Barons outshot Hamilton 25-19 but the Bulldogs scored on their 17th, 18th and 19th shots of the game to make a close game look more one-sided than it actually was.

The teams had battled through more than two periods of scoreless hockey before Alexandre Giroux gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 5:41 of the third.

The Dogs responded almost immediately when Nigel Dawes was left open in front and beat Gerber with a shot that went in of the crossbar after a great feed from Aaron Palushaj behind the net.

“I think their goal woke us up a bit,” said Hamilton coach Randy Cunneyworth. “Mentally, it was ‘oh my goodness’ and I credit the guys for reacting the way they did.”

After St. Denis scored the winner, the Dogs iced it with a pair of empty-net goals. Dawes scored his fifth of the playoffs and second of the night at 19:15 and J.T. Wyman got his first of the post-season at 19:48.

The victory moves the Bulldogs into the North Division final for the second straight year. They will face the winner of the Manitoba Moose-Lake Erie Monsters semifinal.

The Moose won 3-1 Sunday in Cleveland to tie that series at 3-3. They play the seventh and deciding game in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Regardless of who wins that series, the first two games will be in Hamilton, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Hits and Misses

Molson Cup Three Stars: 1. Frédéric St. Denis, Hamilton. 2. Nigel Dawes, Hamilton. 3. Alexandre Giroux, Oklahoma City.

Flamboro Downs Workhorse of the Game (hardest-working Bulldog): Aaron Palushaj.

Scratches: Curtis Sanford, Olivier Fortier, David Urquhart, Alexander Avtsin, Sebastien Bisaillon, Joe Stejskal, Hunter Bishop.

Shots on goal: Oklahoma City 25, Hamilton 19.

Power plays: Oklahoma City 0-4. Hamilton 1-5.

Attendance: 2,684.

AHL North Division semifinal series:

Game 1 — Oklahoma City 2 at Hamilton 5

Game 2 — Oklahoma City 1 at Hamilton 2

Game 3 — Hamilton 0 at Oklahoma City 2

Game 4 — Hamilton 2 at Oklahoma City 5

Game 5 — Hamilton 2 at Oklahoma City 0

Game 6 — Oklahoma City 1 at Hamilton 4

Hamilton wins the best-of-seven 4-2.

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I dont really care which team wins the Stanley, now that my Hab's have been eliminated.

The only other team i support is the DOG'S.

All the way boy's. ;)

Plus 100 they are our future,can't wait for a few of them to join the big boys,but that means some of our big boys won't be here Boo Hoo

GO DOGS GO :lol: :lol:

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