Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Houston Aeros on the brink of title

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: June 5, 2011 - 7:48 AM

Very, very quick blog.

I've been out of pocket, but in the few days since we last spoke, the Houston Aeros, who held a 2-1 advantage in the Calder Cup Finals, lost consecutive games Friday and Saturday night to put themselves on the brink of elimination,

The latest was a 4-2 defeat last night to Binghamton with the recap here.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in Houston with Game 7, if necessary, on Thursday night in Houston. According to the AHL, when a Finals is tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has won the championship 18 of 19 times in history.

The Aeros have played a couple elimination games this postseason -- Game 7 in Milwaukee after holding a 3-2 series advantage and Game 7 at home against Hamilton after holding a 3-0 series advantage.

Now, it's desperation time, but the Aeros are banged up.

Cody Almond and Jared Spurgeon suffered injuries last night.

That's it from here, but I wanted to give you a quick update. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody.



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