Marlies take a 4-3 shootout decision in Outdoor Game

Marlies take a 4-3 shootout decision in Outdoor Game

As those who could tolerate  the Fox Sports commentators and the poor camera angles can attest to, the Marlies staged a late comeback effort to win 4-3 in shootout over the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Hockeytown Winter Festival Outdoor game. The Marlies sit 17-10-3 at the 30-game pole and now lead the North Division by three points over Hamilton with three games in hand.

This Marlies team is interesting to watch, in the sense that there is a contradistinction between their style of play and that of the big club. Aside from Spencer Abott, who at least to me appears to be more of a good AHL player than anything more, there isn’t a ton of stand out talent up front, which is something the Leafs organization needs to change. However, they put in the work and Steve Spott seems to have his team bought in and committed to the gamplan.

Perhaps a product of some of those Brian Burke acquisitions and mid round draft picks, every check gets finished, the team plays a heavy dump and chase game, retrieves pucks well, and works the boards repetitively on the cycle.  Tonight, they took down a more skilled team like Grand Rapids for the second time this season in part by doing this very thing.

In some respects this game was an odd one in terms of some of the goals scored; three of them were especially flukey, including two on McIntyre that went off his skate/pad and in. Kevin Marshall opened the scoring early in the 1st by sending a flutterball in on Thomas McCollum that fooled the Griffins goalie despite a clean look.

Among the other Marlie goal scorers were Carter Ashton, who recorded his 9th of the season (in 12 games) and sixth in seven since returning to the Marlies in mid December. Kenny Ryan, who has been out injured for much of the season, scored his second goal (8 games played) of the year to tie this game up later on in the proceedings with the Marlies trailing 3-2.

After a rocky performance in regulation, Drew McIntyre showed off his great athleticism  in turning away four Grand Rapids shooters in the shootout. Spencer Abbott added a beautiful shootout tally to his two-assist account on the night, while Greg McKegg supplemented his assist with a nice, water-bottle-popping (relax Clarkson,  it was one of the good guys) backhand finish in the shootout.

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497 comments
mike_84
mike_84

Cap wise Kadri+Fraser for McDonagh works

Cameron19
Cameron19

If the Canes are looking to make a big change, I could see it being Cam Ward they're trying to move.  Peters has been stealing games from him, and Khudboin is a good backup. Ward, despite media fanfare, has not really been great for some time now. 

mike_84
mike_84

wait whats with this Leafs shopping Kadri business??? who made up this rumour?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@mike_84 McDonagh and Girardi are probably the two pieces they won't move. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Cameron19 Like moving any big contract this year.  There are a very small number of teams that can take on salary.  In most cases it has to be dollars in, dollars out.  Ward has a big number after his name and has been hurt alot, can't see it.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@mike_84 It sounds like a long shot.  Leafs are shopping him, usually turns into, someone called about him.  Or, Brooks pulled it out of his ass and everyone else is running with it.

ingy56
ingy56

@mike_84 Kypreos and Larry Brooks...should say it all right there. 

ingy56
ingy56

@wiski Kadri to Philly for the Schenn brothers....Schenn brothers to Calgary for Monahan...it could work right? :)

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@mike_84 Cameron19  Goalies aren't worth a ton in the trade market. The goalie with the best save percentage over the past few seasons, that was 27, commanded a 9th overall pick (Schneider for Bo Horvat). That's set the precedent for the market now.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@mike_84 @Cameron19 Bryzgalov has been good.  So has Dubnyk - since the start.  Goaltending is not their issue, however much people want to look there. 

ingy56
ingy56

@Shift_Disturber1 @wiski : "Hi, this is Vito from Woodbridge...we should trade Kadri and Kulemin to Pittsburgh for Malkin and Letang"

mike_84
mike_84

@Cameron19 @mike_84 Is he winning the Nash trade?


How good would our d look


Phaneuf-McDonagh

Franson-Gunner

Rielly-Gards


Not too bad at all



theacs1966
theacs1966

@Bobsyouruncle @Cameron19 Made sense for Buff, but the Isles?  I don't know what that was about but they got fleeced, maybe they'd like to try again.  We have Liles, Reimer, Fraser, maybe Kuli, for....Frans Nielsen, Ryan Strome?  What other mistakes can we get rid of?  Clarkson?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bobsyouruncle @Cameron19 Maybe they thought getting Moulson back would be no problem, and then they'd have Moulson/Tavares, Vanek/Strome as a 1-2 punch.  Be funny if Moulson just resigns in Buffalo and Vanek goes to Minnie.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Cameron19 @theacs1966 Yep, Col, Pho, but only one of those teams could use an upgrade.  Cal would be the only taker, maybe the Isles but would Ward be that much better than Nabakov?