What to know about playoff series

The goal is to play in the National Hockey League, and every player on the Rochester Amerks roster is hoping to someday get that chance, either with the parent Buffalo Sabres, or some other club.

But right now, no one wearing the Amerks red, white and blue crest is thinking about the Sabers or the NHL. Right now, there is only one goal in mind, and Seth Appert’s gritty squad is laser-focused on the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs, and that was abundantly evident Thursday night in Utica.

“Those guys aren’t worried about Buffalo, they’re worried about trying to win a Calder Cup,” Appert said after the Amerks rallied for three third-period goals to overtake the Comets and win 4-2 in the deciding fifth game of their hotly contested North Division semifinal series.

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