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Jason Krog Heats Up at Right Time for Chicago Wolves

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IMay 18, 2008

In the Chicago Wolves' first 10 playoff games, AHL MVP Jason Krog failed to find the back of the net.  In his last five, he has been making up for lost time.

He scored his first goal of the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of the Rockford series, and has been on a tear ever since.

In the Wolves' last five games, Krog has scored nine goals, and he already has five in the first two games of the Western Conference Finals against the Toronto Marlies.

It's no coincidence, then, that the Wolves hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The league MVP tallied Chicago's last three goals in Game 1, and followed up with two quick goals in the first three minutes of Game 2.  At the time, he scored five straight goals for the Wolves.

Krog's outburst has vaulted him to the top of the scoring list for the playoffs. 

He leads the AHL in playoff points with 24, and his nine goals put him one behind Tim Brent of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the most in the league this postseason.

The scoring binge has made Wolves fans forget he didn't score a goal in the first 10 playoff games, and that line mate Brett Sterling has struggled to put up the numbers that have come to be expected of him.

Sterling was scratched from Sunday's Game 2.

His absence from the lineup didn't slow Chicago's vaunted offense, as Joel Kwiatkowski, Bryan Little and Joey Crabb also scored for the Wolves.

Chicago's challenge now will be to keep up the high level of play on the road as the series shifts to Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum for Games 3 and 4.

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