ROSEMONT, Ill. – Darren Haydar scored twice to lead the Wolves over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-2 Sunday, giving Chicago a 2-to-0 series lead in the Calder Cup final.
Colin Stuart and Joel Kwiatkowski also scored for the Chicago.
Mark Ardelan and Tim Brent replied for the Penguins.
Haydar, who also added an assist, potted two first-period goals to give Chicago an early 2-0 lead and enter the history books as the most prolific scorer in Calder Cup Playoff history.
Haydar scored on a breakaway at 7:35, his 52nd career AHL post-season goal. That broke the record of 51 goals previously held by AHL Hall of Famer and current Rochester Americans general manager Jody Gage.
Haydar then converted on a power play at 13:31 of the first, his 120th career AHL post-season point. That surpassed the record of 119 held by AHL Hall of Famer Willie Marshall since 1971.
Centre Jason Krog, Kwiatkowski and defenceman Arturs Kulda also posted multiple-point games for the Wolves.
Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton off the board through the first 44:28 of the game before cracking for two markers late in the third, the 11th time in 20 post-season outings he has allowed two or fewer goals. The rookie netminder stifled 21 shots in the win.
“With this schedule format its almost imperative to win those first two, so it’s nice to be ahead 2-0 going into their building,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “Today I thought they played harder. I thought we played harder. It was a way tougher game.”
Stuart grabbed the only goal of the middle frame – the eventual game-winner – to give the Wolves a 3-0 edge for the second game in a row.
John Curry (12-7) stopped 24 shots for the Penguins.
The championship series shifts to Pennsylvania for Games 3, 4 and 5 at Wachovia Arena, beginning with Game 3 on Wednesday.