Kozun scores twice, Marlies take 2-0 series lead

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TORONTO – Whether it’s positive or negative, the Maple Leafs are consistently the talk of Toronto. The Toronto Marlies, often left behind in all the commotion, are now the centre of attention with the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs. On Saturday night, the Toronto Marlies gave their fans something to smile about. A tough matchup on paper against the Milwaukee Admirals was made to be just a fairytale by Toronto on Friday in game #1. The Marlies defeated the Admirals 6-2 on Friday and were looking to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday night.

The first period was a rough one for Toronto. While the goalies were both standing on their heads, the Marlies were outshot 15-7 in the period which is something that’s not like them. But, as we’ve all seen with the Maple Leafs, sometimes it’s the luck of the draw. With less than five minutes to play in the first period, Toronto had lady luck on their side. Trevor Smith broke across the blue line and found an open Brandon Kozun on his left wing just above the face-off circle who wristed a shot through a screen past Marek Mazanec for his 1st of the playoffs, giving Toronto the late 1-0 lead. Kozun, who was acquired by Toronto early in the season for Andrew Crescenzi, has been a fantastic addition to an already strong Marlies squad. The speedy winger had a great chance in game #1 but somehow the puck found a way to go wide of the net. For Kozun, the goal was special. Not only was it his first playoff goal as a Marlie, but it was also his first goal in 15 games. 1-0 Toronto after one.

In the second, Toronto would strike once more. After Milwaukee took three consecutive penalties, Toronto would get a long powerplay opportunity and made sure to use it to their advantage. Just past the 8 minute mark, on the 5 on 3, Sam Carrick finished a tic-tac-toe play banging home his 3rd of the post-season past an outstretched Mazenec 2-0 Toronto. Unlike the first period, Toronto was all over Milwaukee in the second. Toronto took control of the shots in the period, 13-7 but were unable to find the back of the net before the period would expire. 2-0 Marlies after two.

In the third period, it was Milwaukee’s turn to find the net. Just 53 seconds into the period, with Toronto pinned in their own end, Calle Jarnkrok one-timed a Fillip Forsberg pass by Drew MacIntyre for his 1st of the post-season, bringing the Admirals to within one. Midway through the period, Brandon Kozun received a slashing call for trying to poke a loose puck out from between the legs of Mazanec. Three minutes later, with Toronto on the powerplay, with the puck in between the legs of Mazanec once again, Kozun once again poked at the puck and this time was rewarded with his second goal of the night, 3-1 Toronto. The Admirals would run into penalty trouble in the third, and it cost them. With less than five minutes to play, and Toronto on yet another powerplay, Korbinian Holzer snapped a shot from the point which eluded Mazanec, 4-1 Toronto. With less than two minutes to play however, Milwaukee would shrink the gap once more. Brian Rodney pinching in from the point, beat MacIntyre on a rebound making it 4-2. But with time winding down, Jerry “Fear Da Beard” D’Amigo, fired his 2nd of the post season into the empty cage. 5-2 Toronto your final.

GAME NOTES:

  • Brandon Kozun scored twice and totalled three points on the night.  For some reason he wasn’t 1 of the three stars, but nevertheless, he had a great game.  His speed is going to be a huge asset for Toronto as the playoffs roll along.
  • Drew MacIntyre was solid once again.  He stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.
  • Toronto was 3/9 on the powerplay and 7/7 on the penalty kill.  Steve Spott was quick to credit his assistant coaches for the success of both the PP and the PK.  “Gord Dinnen and Derek King, give them a lot of credit” Said Spott.  “They take the lead in those areas and they work diligently with our guys on and off the ice.”
  • T.J. Brennan had 6 shots on goal, most from either team
  • Steve Spott confirmed Saturday that Andrew MacWilliam has been cleared to play.  Dylan Yeo will most likely come out of the lineup for MacWilliam on Thursday.
  • Spott was pretty vague on the status of forwards Peter Holland, Spencer Abbott and Carter Ashton.  Spott did hint however, that the trio could possibly be cleared for game action by Thursday.
  • Game #3 is Thursday May 1st at 7PM.  You can catch the action on RogersTV within the city of Toronto.  If you’re outside of Toronto, like myself, I’m not too sure where you can catch the game.  It is possible that LeafsTV could do a simulcast, but to my knowledge at the moment, RogersTV is the place to catch the action or at the Ricoh of course.

Here’s a link to the game in six highlights.

http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/?id=610554

Photo courtesy of Christian at TSGphoto.com

  • mike_84

    Kozun looks to be a pretty good pick up for the Marlies.

    • Adam Nightingale

      for the cost of Andrew Crescenzi…it was a fantastic pickup

  • mike_84

    Just checked my rogers guide and no Marlies game on rogersTV in mississauga. Talk about BS.

  • Knights2Leafs

    mike_84  I don’t watch as much of the Marlies as I’d like to (thanks Nonis and MLSE) but Kozun seems to have close to NHL speed but doesn’t but doesn’t put up that many points.  Abbott may not be as quick but seems to be the better play maker.  We need to squash those 2 smurfs into one.

  • mike_84

    Knights2Leafs mike_84  That would be perfect. Kozun goes to the net as well.

  • AdamNightingale

    mike_84  Like I said, LeafsTV COULD potentially pickup a simulcast…it’s not like LeafsTV is showing anything important that day anyways….I also wouldn’t be shocked if SN360 swooped in and decided to pickup the game.

  • Burtonboy

    AdamNightingale mike_84  According to the Marlies site the games are on Rogers . Which channels I have no idea because I don’t get Rogers . I’ll spend a few buck and pick it up on hockeystreams

  • dan616

    most of the games can be found online for free.

  • DWCMLHS

    I’d much rather see AHL playoffs on TSN than fucking basketball. Just saying.

  • wendelsway1

    DWCMLHS  You and me both  :)

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    Next Thursday, eh? That’s a long time for the Admirals to think about possibly being swept.

  • wendelsway1

    Another great write up, Adam…..Thanks!  :)

  • Burtonboy

    Booya 1-0 Hawks

  • Knights2Leafs

    DWCMLHS  
    They could show the Marlies and then switch to the Raptors for the last 2 minutes.
    Or better yet open a smaller window split screen so you can watch both the Marlies and all the time outs and stoppages in play NBA style for 30 minutes.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I’m all for MacIntyre as backup for Bernier next season. The man has been a rock for a couple of years now.

  • PEIleafnation

    go jays

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    MaxwellHowe  There is a good reason MacIntyre is not a full-time NHL goaltender yet at the age of 30.

    Leafs need someone with experience in that role, IMO. Not to mention someone that is willing to accept that role.

  • Komas Taberle

    Jamie Kompon, assistant coach with Chicago, previous year with LA.
    That’s right the only coach in the last 2 years to win back to back Stanley Cups
    He was also LA’s head of Amateur scouting, he’s 52 years old, knows youth players inside out and can coach older more seasoned  players too,
    He’s my choice as our next head coach.
    Go get him Shanny!

  • BingoDabber

    Thanks a bunch Adam. Won’t have Rogers TV so I will need the updates in future games as well. Plus, I wasn’t spending my Saturday night watching the video screen board from the arena filmed on a potato on leafs TV.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Look at how big Leivo is in that picture.  And still just a kid.
    Things are going to be ok with a little patience.

  • Komas Taberle

    leafersutherland  
    Nothing to think about…sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

  • wiski

    Missed the game thanks for the rundown Adam.

  • MaxwellHowe

    leafersutherland MaxwellHowe Yes, I guess now is not the time to reward good play with opportunities

  • DWCMLHS

    Some of you were talking about the draft in the comments section of the previous article. I (unfortunately) see a drop after #7, personally. And I’m not very high on Nick Ritchie, in contrast to most of you.

  • wiski

    dan616  there was a leafs marlies site for reruns at cbc.ca but I can’t find it today

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    DWCMLHS  Great…this means I am on the right track by liking Ritchie!!

  • reenergized

    I really hope the Blues Lose! I can’t stand the thought of Miller having any kind of success :)

  • DWCMLHS

    NotTheCanucksnaphook DWCMLHS  Didn’t work out with Clarkson.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    DWCMLHS Yeah because his career is definitely over after one shit season.

  • dan616

    wiski Keep an eye on  goatd dot net     DO NOT download anything from the ads or viewers that say “you need to upgrade” or “plug in missing”

  • Komas Taberle

    DWCMLHS  
    You’re too kind! The drop off begins after #3.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Komas Taberle DWCMLHS  Based on your observations or scouts or just plain not doing any research at all?  Curious.

  • DWCMLHS

    NotTheCanucksnaphook DWCMLHS  Right. His career isn’t over… unfortunately. Even if he improves, he’ll never be anywhere near good enough to justify that contract. It was always a terrible idea to target him in free agency. 
    Those “gritty”, “heart and soul” players and power forward types always seem to be wildly over-rated. One of the reasons Ritchie scares me.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    DWCMLHS Have you watched any of the video I have posted on him?  Or just looking at his height and weight and saying “this guy cant be good”

  • DWCMLHS

    Komas Taberle DWCMLHS  I see a small drop after #2 and a pretty big one after #7.

  • reenergized

    ahhh crap … and dumb luck goal by the blues

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    DWCMLHS Komas Taberle  Only because we pick 8.  If we picked 7 you woudl say the drop off is at 6.  We all get it.

  • wiski

    reenergized  perfect timing lol

  • reenergized

    wiski reenergized  he didn’t even know he scored off the original shot LOL

  • Komas Taberle

    NotTheCanucksnaphook Komas Taberle DWCMLHS  
    Seen most of them play, at least top 20 anyway.
    This is a very weak year and it drops drastically after Ekblad,Reinhart and Bennett

  • DWCMLHS

    NotTheCanucksnaphook DWCMLHS  Been reading prospect profiles on a lot of different sites lately. When the Leafs were eliminated, I started paying more attention to the draft. I’ve seen videos of most of the 1st-rounders. I don’t usually put much stock in those, though. Everyone looks great in highlight packages.

  • DWCMLHS

    NotTheCanucksnaphook DWCMLHS Komas Taberle  That’s not the case at all.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    DWCMLHS I will agree with you there.  However, I look beyond the goals/stats and look at how they were produced.

  • wendelsway1

    When is Nonis back?….be nice to get some Leafs news, with Marlies not playing until Thursday.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    wendelsway1  he is sitting on my other couch right now.  We are discussing plans to overthrown Shanahan.

  • wiski

    dan616 wiski  thanks dan I know that site, I was talking about a place where you could watch any old game the leafs or marlies played.

  • wendelsway1

    NotTheCanucksnaphook wendelsway1  LOL…Ha….good luck with that  :)

  • DWCMLHS

    NotTheCanucksnaphook DWCMLHS  What do you mean? Like the style of goals the player is involved in? (crashing the net vs. sniping from the top of the circle, for example) Or whether the player is typically creating their own offensive opportunities or being set-up most of the time? 
    The latter matters far more.

  • wiski

    NotTheCanucksnaphook wendelsway1  He’s at Komarov’s place talking turkey;)

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    DWCMLHS Yeah I dont want to see a guy score 14 straight breakaway’s in junior and do nothing else.  That shows me speed but it also shows weakness from opposing blueline and a penchant to leave zone early.

  • 4evrblue

    DWCMLHS NotTheCanucksnaphook In Ritchies highlights I see him sniping from the top of the circle, driving the net and making a couple of really nice passes. He’s doing it alone and using his teammates while using his body and size to his advantage
    What does all of that mean? lol