Chicago edges Lake Erie 3-2. The Monsters are winless in their last four games and have dropped to 10th place in the Western Conference. Greg Mauldin (15) scored for Lake Erie in the first period, which tied the game at one. The Monsters would not score again until four seconds remained in regulation. Patrick Rissmiller scored his 12th of the sesaon.
Cedrick Desjardins stopped 29 shots in the loss. Mauldin was named the third star of the game. Lake Erie was 0-2 on the power play. The Monsters will try to crawl out of their current rut when they face Toronto on Saturday.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals -- Best-of-7 -- Game 1
Ottawa trips up Belleville in overtime 3-2. The 67's had 43 shots, including 26 in the second period. Stephen Silas was plus two for the Bulls. Belleville came up empty on five power play chances. Game two is set for Friday.