D’Amigo scores OT winner, Toronto Marlies take 3-0 series lead

D’Amigo scores OT winner, Toronto Marlies take 3-0 series lead

Back and forth game leaves Wolves grasping for their playoff lives

TORONTO – On Wednesday night, the Toronto Marlies returned home for just their second home playoff game this post-season, game #3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals versus the Chicago Wolves. Toronto only played one home game in the opening round, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals to complete the three-game sweep. The Marlies have been dominant in the first two games of the series, taking 3-0 leads in the first period of both games one & two.  On Wednesday, the Marlies were looking to move one step closer to reaching the Western Conference Finals.

In the first period came yet another dominant start. Just over five minutes into the opening period, Toronto drew first blood. With Sebastian Wannstrom in the box for closing his hand on the puck, Spencer Abbott found T.J. Brennan wide open at the point and Brennan rocketed his 3rd of the playoffs over Jake Allen’s shoulder for a 1-0 Toronto lead. Abbott’s assist is his third in as many games after missing over a month fighting an upper body injury; he hasn’t missed a beat since stepping back into the lineup.

Late in the first, Chicago would tie the game. Dimitri Jaskin has been, for the most part, unstoppable thus far in the playoffs, and played a large part in Chicago’s 5-game series win over the Rochester Americans in the 1st round. With Andrew MacWilliam in the box for closing his hand on the puck, Jaskin made Toronto pay. Mark Cundari and Joe Corvo worked the puck to Jaskin in front, who beat Drew MacIntyre off the post and in for his 4th of the post-season, tying the game at 1s.

The Marlies, however, wasted no time in responding. Just moments later, T.J. Brennan found Peter Holland all alone in front of Jake Allen and took full advantage of a defensive coverage breakdown by Chicago and buried a ‘gimme’ over the glove of Allen, restoring the Toronto lead at 2-1. To call the first period a very back and forth affair would be an understatement.  Less than two minutes later, Greg McKegg turned the puck over in the slot to former Marlie Keith Aucoin, who was stopped before Adam Cracknell buried the rebound past Drew MacIntyre for his 3rd of the post season, tying the game at two.  Might I remind you, that this all happened with less than three minutes remaining in the first.  Eleven seconds later the roller-coaster ride continued, this time swaying in favour of Toronto.  Brandon Kozun, while being tangled up by two Wolves players, somehow won the puck race and made a little chip shot from the side of the net that eluded Allen, giving the Marlies the 3-2 lead after one period of play.  Shots were tied 11-11 after 20.

In the second period, the Wolves came out swinging. As the saying goes — “I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the dressing room during intermission” — I can only imagine the frustration that head coach John Anderson was feeling. Toronto was guilty of some sloppy hockey and of receiving the play in the second period. Despite getting pinned in their own end and coughing up turnovers, Drew MacIntyre continued to stand strong and make the big saves when necessary. With just over 11 minutes played in the middle frame, the Wolves tied things up once more. After Jerred Smithson missed a hit on Eric Selleck, he found Tyler Shattock at the side of the net, who corralled a bouncing puck and put it into the empty side of the net for his 1st of the post-season, bringing things back to a deadlock at three a piece heading into the third period. Shots favoured the Wolves 14-5 in the period.

After a scoreless third period, the game headed to OT. Just 3:28 into OT, after a failed clearing attempt by the Wolves, Trevor Smith fired the puck from the blue line at Jake Allen, who couldn’t corral the rebound, allowing Jerry D’Amigo to take full advantage with three separate chances to bury the puck, eventually converting for his team-leading 4th of the playoffs and securing the 4-3 Toronto victory.

Lines:

Abbott-Holland-Ashton

Leivo-McKegg-Carrick

D’Amigo-Smith-Kozun

Broll-Smithson-Ryan

Notes:

  • After missing over a month with an upper-body injury, Spencer Abbott now has three points (all assists) in three games
  • Jerry D’Amigo leads the Marlies in all-time playoff goals with 14
  • Jake Allen had another rough night but seemed to have his moments where he bounced back and re-gained a little confidence.  Game #4 is on Friday and it’ll be interesting to see what John Anderson does, although I’d be surprised if Allen isn’t back in the net.
  • Despite his 1st period goal, Toronto has done a stellar job in general of keeping Dimitri Jaskin quiet and off the score-sheet.
  • The Wolves played a very strong game despite issues getting to Toronto on Wednesday.  Smoke in a Federal Aviation Administration radar facility near Chicago O’Hare Intl. Airport on Tuesday halted any air travel in the area creating a giant backlog of flights on Wednesday.  
  • Toronto was out-shot 30-35.
295 comments
KingChels
KingChels

I feel the need to throw this out there. I've been seeing so much hate on the Leafs, but honestly, they have the ability and talent to be the best team, and I truly look forward to seeing them keep on improving. 

Bruffins
Bruffins

"Look at the simple duck.  Looks calm above the water but is working feverishly below it to succeed.  That is your Kulemin.  He will do very well elsewhere." - Phook


you may only eat vegetables but once in a while you throw out some amazing posts

mcloki
mcloki

Mornign Gents. I see that Lucic is a pretty sore loser and a dick. Fit's right in with Boston then.

ingy56
ingy56

Anyone who watches the games can tell you the issues. Anyone.

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle  3m

Whether or not Shanahan can come up with the right solutions remains to be seen, but he's quickly rooted out some key problems.

rustynail
rustynail

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle  1m

Frankly, I thought Shanahan did pretty well in the interview yesterday. It's clear he's engaged with and thinking about Leafs real issues.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Well... go Rangers!

And Marlies, obviously.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Seems like Henrik hasn't had very good luck playing in Montreal over the years. Could be problematic

Jordan29
Jordan29

if they can beat lunquist who was unreal vs the pens

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Habs should beat the Rangers....meaning Montreal is in the cup final.  Suck on that for a bit.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

Is it wrong that I will be boycotting the east playoff games from now on.  My 2 most hated teams are in the semi's and 1 will make the Finals ugh. go hawks go,  go ducks go, go kings go!!!!!!  Don't care who wins as long as its from the west!

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@mcloki

yeah, but i've played against mouth-pieces who played like rats and i hated losing to them.  i sympathize with him at least a little.

mcloki
mcloki

@ingy56  No kidding. I've had 8 year olds tell me what's wrong with the Leafs and more articulately that Mirtle.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@rustynail

Frankly, nobody gives a fack about your luke warm,bedtime milk condescension Turtle

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@peterbleafs  

They will bow out 4 straight to the Black Hawks and draft 28th..... revenge will be ours!

ingy56
ingy56

@LeafsGuru  I'd just love to see Vigneault win it just to twist the knife into Gillis' bloated ass a little further. 

mcloki
mcloki

@dlb yeh @mcloki  True, but now Lucic will never live it down. He's going to get ridden by every pest next year..

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Uncle Otis

somehow i feel that if Boyle were to run Price, the Rangers team would be suspended and the Cup would be awarded to the team with the most little people

.JVR.
.JVR.

@dlb yeh

Clarkson and Bolland were brought in to be that, but the latter had a horrible season and the former was injured.


Put those two with Komarov and we have a tough third line to play against.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@ingy56

Leafs need more rats.  shudder at the thought.

i like Komarov.  he gets under people's skin but doesn't use slew foots or hits from behind to do it.

i like Kadri.  i wish he wouldn't dive so much, but he takes it to the other team and gets under their skin with his cockiness, but he also doesn't run away.

Leafs need more of that.

ingy56
ingy56

@mcloki @ingy56 @dlb yeh  I'm not defending him by any means, both teams are loaded with rats galore. Nothing I'd like better than to see both teams go at each other with suspensions and injuries all around. I just think the Scabs were hiding behind their referee's skirts and the fact that retaliation doesn't happen in the playoffs. Good plan until their first meeting next season. 

mcloki
mcloki

@ingy56 @mcloki @dlb yeh  And Rats. A team with Marchand and the squitrty bottle bunch. Yah Lucic is really holding the moral high ground in his argument. 

mcloki
mcloki

@ingy56 @mcloki @dlb yeh  You think after Betruzzi that sort of pre meditation isn't going to get noticed. Lucic is just a sore loser. Emphasis on loser. 


I bet that he comes out today and recants saying that things were said in the heat of the moment. 

ingy56
ingy56

@mcloki @dlb yeh  In the regular season he will take care of it, he can't in the playoffs. No doubt that was his message to the rats in the handshake lineup. 

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@FrycersGhost @ShiftyD Ahh yes. Last night someone tweeted H.L's numbers in Mtl over the years, didn't look promising. Not sure what they were vs Mtl in NY though.


He's a hell of a goalie so it's quite possible he is every bit as good as Price in their series

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@4evrblue @LeafsGuru out of the 2 I'm leaning to NY just cause of the KING


Edit: he's been playing out of this world carried the team