Going home on a high note — Marlies hold off late Wolves surge, head home with 2-0 series lead
TORONTO – On Saturday night the Toronto Marlies looked to once again make quick work of the Chicago Wolves in game #2 of the Western Conference Semi Final. Toronto defeated the Wolves by a score of 5-2 in the opening matchup on Friday night and also welcomed back Peter Holland and Spencer Abbott to the lineup. Abbott recorded two points (2A) while Holland chipped in with three points (1G 2A).
In the first period the Marlies got on the board quick. Just 1:04 into the first period, Peter Holland picked up a loose puck behind the Wolves net and wrapped a quick backhander past a surprised Jake Allen for his 2nd of the post-season and in as many games, 1-0 Toronto. Still in the first period, Toronto would find the back of the net once more. With less than 10 minutes played in the opening frame Trevor Smith finished off a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play by Brandon Kozun and Jerry D’Amigo for his 2nd of the post-season 2-0 Toronto. Later in the first, the Marlies once again struck. After Kenny Ryan was stopped on a breakaway, he collected his own rebound and setup Josh Leivo who chipped his 2nd of the post-season over Allen, 3-0 Toronto. In the dying minute of the period, Toronto would run into some trouble. Chicago received a burst of energy and confidence and played a game of rapid fire on Drew MacIntyre as the Marlies were unable to get the puck out of their own end. Despite the barrage of shots, MacIntyre kept his cool and most importantly, kept the puck out. 3-0 Toronto after one. Shots favoured the Wolves 8-7.
The second period was a lot more even than the first. Chicago and Toronto traded chances but the goalies were making sure they got some attention making big saves at either end. Toronto would get a powerplay midway through the period and despite some great chances, were unable to convert. Kenny Ryan had his second breakaway of the game in the final seconds of the middle frame but Jake Allen stood his ground and kept the puck out. Toronto outshot the Wolves 10-5 in the middle frame. 3-0 Toronto after two.
In the third period, Chicago got one back. With both teams skating 4 aside, Shane Harper took advantage of the extra room on the ice and broke down the right wing side and snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Drew MacIntyre bringing the Wolves to within two. The goal sparked Chicago and they gained some momentum. A powerplay followed shortly after the goal and the Wolves got some great chances, but once again, Drew MacIntyre was there to keep things in check. The intensity level and physicality went up BIG TIME in the third period. Chicago had new life in the third as they continued to throw their weight around and did a good job of getting under the skin of the Marlies players. With less than five minutes remaining, Sam Carrick took a bad interference penalty giving the Wolves some more life. With Jake Allen on the bench and the ensuing 6 on 4, Chicago would come to within one. Dimitri Jaskin tipped a Keith Aucoin shot past Drew MacIntyre to bring the score to 3-2. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the goal gave the Wolves life. They pressured the Marlies and came ever so close to tying the game but Drew MacIntyre was bailed out by the goal post. The Marlies would finally get the puck out and Jerry D’Amigo would add an empty netter for his 3rd of the post-season for a 4-2 score which would be the eventual final.
- Marlies PK entered Saturday’s game with a 94% success rate and were 4/5 on the night.
- With Peter Holland’s 1st period goal, the Marlies have now opened the scoring in 5 straight games, dating back to the regular season.
- Dimitri Jaskin finally got his 1st of the series, his 3rd of the post-season. He’s been pretty unstoppable so far in the playoffs but the Marlies are doing a great job of shutting him down.
- Kenny Ryan was everywhere in this one. Not only did Ryan have two assists, he also sacrificed his body on numerous occasions blocking shots throughout the game, and came up with a huge block in the final few minutes. Ryan was also the game’s 2nd star.
- Drew MacIntyre wasn’t as busy as he was in game #1 but came up with some key saves when it mattered. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced.
- Toronto was out-shot 24-22
- the line of Jerry D’Amigo – Trevor Smith – Brandon Kozun was really impressive once again. The smooth passing by Kozun and D’Amigo led to Smith’s 1st period goal.
- Sam Carrick led players on both teams with 4 shots but didn’t register a point.
- Jake Allen re-gained his composure after a rough first period. He’s been shaky so far in the post-season and Toronto has done a fantastic job of taking advantage of it.
- Zachary Yuen, Tyler Biggs, Fabrice Herzog, Carter Verhaeghe, Connor Brown, David Broll, Jamie Devane, Tyler Biggs, Frederik Gauthier, Eric Knodel, Brad Staubitz and Dylan Yeo were the scratches for Toronto.
- Game #3 is back in Toronto on Wednesday at Ricoh Coliseum.
Toronto Marlies Boxscore
So are you better off being an nhl asst coach or an ahl head coach,Which would be regarded as a better position??
@JSportsnet: According to NHL Real Time scoring Ducks didn't get a shot from 19:56 of 1st (Winnik) until 5:30 of 3rd (Getzlaf). 25:34 of play
How about Keenan and Torts as assistant coaches to Carlyle? Carlyle would be the good cop, Torts the bad cop and Keenan the crazy cop.
So.........Pitts could win it tonight but, probably wont and Chicago should re-establish the series lead. My $0.02
If you look at a lot of coaches, it system seems to be AHL coach then asst. NHL coach but not by a big margin. There are many variables, depending on need. Paul Maurice for example coached Carolina Hurricanes for years and came over to Toronto to coach the Marlies. Ken Hitchcock was an assistant with Philadelphia then went back to coach the Kalamazoo Wings before becoming Head coach in Dallas.
@maple1967leafs I'm really not that optimistic lately . I don't think Carlyle will change but I'm hoping he does. I'm hoping Shanny has read the riot act to him and the players
I didn't hear until yesterday that the second year of RC's extension is optional at the discretion of the team.
@maple1967leafs Dead man walking me thinks
@DeclanK Excellent!....I could go for another pot of coffee....with Baileys of course....it being Mothers Day and All....another vape is in order and a Hangout to top it all off......boys are accounted for and are bbqing up a great dinner for me.......doesn't get better than this :)
A thousand for each nut
@wendelsfist It would take two periods for the boys to tune that cacophony out ...in the blue and white scrimmage during preseason lol
Over rated Carey Price
Under rated Vlasic
@Bruffins Over rated: Rick Nash and/or Jumbo Joe
Under rated: Matt Read
@Bruffins Based on salary: under = pouliot over rated = weiss or clowe
@Bruffins Under rated =Phook. Most definitely Phook. Kid is beast mode!
@Bruffins Underrated - Crosby, Overrated - Carey Price
@Bruffins Rielly sucks. Can't lead for shit. Trade him for Krug!
@Bruffins LOL Alright I'm off to do something outdoors. Been toooooooooooo nice out there to be stuck indoors. Cheers MLHS'ers
Exactly. The stats are fairly straightforward, and really nothing new. Over the long haul if you get outshot or don't have the puck for long periods of time you won't be successful.
@wendelsfist There were a lot of people who were expecting the Leafs to collapse. Remember when we were all wondering why Vegas had us with lower odds of making it even though Montreal and Tampa were below us? Even if some of them flip flopped on their views, the numbers didn't lie.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy @DeclanK He also predicted the leafs would make the playoffs after the kings game and then waffled about how corsi was saying the leafs would not make the post season all along. I can't take these guys seriously if they parroting narratives and can't own to their own mistakes
@Xxxxxnew As long as people realize opinions are not always facts we would all get along . ......Problem is that's no fun lol