AHL Playoffs: Charlie Lindgren made it personal against Rocket

The Thunderbirds finally showed their true colors in this final game that resulted in the elimination of the Laval Rocket on Wednesday night. Their powerplay unit, having been neutralized 29 times, ended up producing two goals.

Cayden Primeau was once again outstanding, but the Rocket couldn’t prevail, lacking the energy to turn things around.

“They did well, they scored the first goal. You have to give them credit, I think it was their best game of the series, analyzed head coach Jean-François Houle. They put us under a lot of pressure and could rely on their numerical advantage. They had the wind in their sails. »

“They were a bit more opportunistic than us; We also had chances to score, but they didn’t come, said Xavier Ouellet, who has 9 points in 15 playoff games. It’s been an extremely close streak, I think every game could have gone one way or the other. »

Charlie Lindgren played the game of his life. After the match, he admitted that he wanted to eliminate his former club in this series at all costs. He made it personal and his game showed it in Game 7 with an exceptional performance.

“I’ve felt this good for a long time. I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario,” said Lindgren, who sent his team through to the final with a shutout with 34 saves. I have experienced many emotions. Our group is incredible. »

“It was the best year of my career. It’s been quite a journey! »

Captain Xavier Ouellet and the team’s veterans realize they are missing an opportunity that rarely passes in a career. But the group remains proud of the trip, which will be remembered for a number of reasons.

Rocket 0 – Thunderbirds 4

“It’s not easy. I’m very proud of the group of players we had. We really gave everything. It’s difficult to accept at the moment, but nobody in the room can regret it,” said Ouellet.

“It’s a very nice bunch of players, we have heavy hearts. I’m happy with their effort,” said Houle.

“Everyone got along well, everyone pushed in the same direction,” added Rafaël Harvey-Pinard. We can be proud of our journey, we gave everything. I’m not sure if people were expecting us to go to the semifinals and lose in Game 7 early or mid-season.”

The Thunderbirds advance to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. Springfield won the American League championships in 1990 and 1991 when the team was called the Indians.

The final series begins Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

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