Drew’s the Glue: Heavily out-shot but not out-done, Marlies fly high in Texas
TORONTO – On Friday night, the Toronto Marlies began their series with against the West’s best Texas Stars. The Stars and Marlies split the season series at 2-2 this season and all four games were great match ups. The Marlies entered Friday’s game with an impressive 7-0 record in the post-season, haven’t trailed for a second in those 7 games, and were looking to continue those impressive streaks.
In the first period, Texas put pressure on fast and furious early but it was the Marlies who would again find the back of the net first. It was three minutes of play without a whistle until Trevor Smith made a great little slide pass at the blue-line to a streaking Brandon Kozun coming off the bench. A quick transition saw Kozun explode into open ice and snap home his fourth of the post-season past Christopher Nilstorp for an early 1-0 Toronto lead. Nilstorp has been the go-to guy for the Stars in the post-season with blue-chip goaltending prospect Jack Campbell out with an injury.
Toronto and Texas played a chippy first period. Texas would get a number of chances including a glorious chance by Brett Ritche on the powerplay, but somehow, after a mad scramble, Drew MacIntyre recovered and robbed Ritchie point blank. The Marlies would head into the 1st intermission with the 1-0 lead but trailed in shots 12-9.
The second period was calmer for the Marlies. Toronto got away from their game late in the first period, but got back into shape in the second and reaped the rewards. Midway through the second, on the powerplay, T.J. Brennan found the back of the net; Josh Leivo curled up and found the trailing Brennan, who joined the attack to snap a wrist shot off the post for a 2-0 Toronto lead.
Just thirteen seconds later, Toronto further padded the lead. This time it was Peter Holland capitalizing on a bad turnover by the Stars, beating Nilstorp up high for his fifth of the post-season, extending the Marlies lead to 3-0. Sam Carrick, in on the forecheck, got a piece of his stick on the outlet pass, gift wrapping a chance to Holland in the slot. Toronto would be outshot once again in the middle frame, resoundingly so at 17-6, but remained on top 3-0 after two.
The third period was like the first: In a word, crazy. Toronto and Texas both had some good chances but Texas dominated the offensive game for most of the third period. Drew MacIntyre looked like a road hockey goalie on some plays, but was his stand-on-his head self. Texas continued to pound Toronto with shots in the third and the animosity level and physicality picked up.
Stars’ coach Willie Desjardins then did something relatively unheard of, taking the Patrick Roy strategy to an extreme and pulling his keeper with eight minutes remaining in the third period. After a brief 6 on 4 powerplay (which Toronto killed successfully), the barrage of shots continued and the Stars finally got one past Drew MacIntyre. On a 6 on 4 with Trevor Smith in the box for putting the puck over the glass, Chris Mueller one-timed a seeing-eye cross-ice feed from Travis Morin to make it 3-1.
Still in the third, Chris Mueller had a great chance to bring the Stars to within one but missed a wide open net, which led to Sam Carrick landing a long empty-netter to make the lead 4-1. Jerred Smithson also added a long-bomb empty netter for a 5-1 final.
- Three really nice shots for three consecutive goals for the Marlies in this one, the Marlies have been bearing down on their openings really well in these playoffs.
- In his post game interview, Steve Spott mentioned the long layoff between series’ having an effect and said the Marlies lacked structure, played too East-West, and didn’t get pucks in deep behind the defence often enough, but was happy with the offensive opportunism.
- Texas has a very fast offensive break. Toronto did a good job at times of keeping the Stars to the outside, but 50 shots will perturb Steve Spott, as it should. Part of it is the score effects of establishing a three-goal lead half way through the second, no doubt, but there’s also no questioning there were too many quality chances forfeited.
- Part of the shots figures: Powerplays were 6-2 in favour of Texas, and they pulled their goalie with eight minutes to go in a full-ice press.
- Texas was 4-0 on home ice entering the game. Big win to steal in the away building.
- The Stars use their speed as an asset. Their big-body component allows them to work their way into the front of the net as well. There’s going to have to be tweaks to deal with this high-powered offense to find solutions other than just MacIntyre, as amazing as he was.
- It goes without saying Drew MacIntyre did everything but score a goal with 49 saves on 50 shots.
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Also "26. Brendan Shanahan made the newspaper media rounds last week and we saw a window into his philosophy. When it was suggested the captaincy be moved away from Dion Phaneuf, Shanahan scoffed. What that says is he is going to protect the players in public. I think there's a legitimate argument to be made that it might actually help Phaneuf, but, in Toronto, it is extremely hard to sell such moves as a positive. So Shanahan's not going to allow that.
27. When it comes to the Phaneuf rumours, I believe one of the reasons Toronto signed him (aside from the fact he still plays the hardest minutes) was that it improved his trade value at some point. Trading a player with term, even if you have to eat a bit of salary, is easier than trading an unrestricted free agent. They're probably testing his value as much as anything. One exec made a good point, though: Toronto should be careful dealing a useful player who clearly doesn't mind an intense market."
"24. Don't think Marian Gaborik is going to hit free agency. During their 2012 Cup run, the Kings quietly did an extension with Jarret Stoll, but waited until it was over to announce. Could see something similar here."
From Fredman's 30 in 30. I found it interesting.
Best players for the Marlies have been D'Amigo, Smith, Kozun, Carrick, Holland for forwards. Granberg, Holzer, Brennan on the back end. Agree? Would like to hear other people's opinions on this. But bringing some of those forwards into the Leafs lineup could be beneficial. Particularly impressed with that Smith, Kozun line. They have been dynamite. Also interesting that Kozun was drafted and developed through the Kings system.. Which may be impressive. Others thoughts?
So who's winning tonight.......Chi or LA?......I say Chicago, and still feel they will win the series and move on.....Cup is theirs to win.....or lose :)
Afternnoon folks. I don't know if they pick an All Star team for the Memorial Cup
. If they do, Bibeau is a lock. Question is, does Finn get a spot
the comments on that video are embarrassing. Really sad to see
Backyard rid of Habbys and kid #1 did our laundry, with his, this morning....said he knew my back was sore, pulled something the other day while doing my work out, and I should take it easy today.....occasions like this is why, while I might bitch about my kids sometimes on here, I rarely complain to them.....by no means perfect, but I raised two good ones, nonetheless. :)
if the marlies and the leafs play the same systems, how come it works for the marlies but not the leafs? i agree with the decision to keep carlyle and have the players and management accountable
Very pleasant on here this morning.....hate to leave but have to get some laundry done before my basement is invaded by kid #2 and his friends...lol Nice chatting, All....Later :)
@TheCanucksnaphook im not sure i would do it, but i think its a fair deal... i think kulikov has great potential still, and getting that number one would be fantastic... our d wouldnt be great next year but in a few years... man. i like any deal for the number one where we keep our 8... i would love the idea of using that and a piece to try and move up to grab ekblad AND one of the great centers... but its all a pipe dream.
@Tom S With Granberg, Holzer and Granberg we have the bottom of the depth chart for the Leafs.
Forwards at least 2/3 of the line 3 and 4
@Burntheboats Dear David Staples for the sake of your kids stop huffing glue.
@Burntheboats The price ofr Spezza should be at 1st round pick + roster player + top prospect.
So the price for Phaneuf should be about the same. Since it is the overall #1 pick the price should be:
Phaneuf for 1st overall + roster players. I would ask for Gudbrannson and settle for Kulikov
@Burntheboats Absolute idiocy to use Gardiner and Phaneuf interchangably in a trade.
@wendelsway1 I like both teams. Quick is the most fun goalie in the league to watch play, and we haven't seen the best of him yet. But the Hawks have a really fun offense. I just think whoever wins the series wins the cup.
Fuck the Habs.
Maybe I'd give the Kings a slight edge, the Hawks don't seem to have the same consistency they played with on either cup winning team. I'm not picky, I just want 7 games and at least 12 overtimes before the series is over.
@BrandonCheema Two reasons: First, they don't play the same system. They use some elements of it, but there are tons of differences Second, they have an all-star AHL defense. So even the elements of Carlyle's system they do employ aren't likely to transfer over to a team in the NHL that lacks this quality.
@BrandonCheema What works in the AHL doesn't necessarily work in the NHL first off, for obvious reasons. You can see some of the same issues with the Marlies swarming the puck and getting pinned in some times but they clog the middle pretty effectively and Uncle Drew is fantastic down there.
The other factor is that the Marlies actually, when playing well, play the north south game effectively and get the puck deep and cycle. Generate more ozone time that way.
link? can delete it after if thats bad on this site lol
@wendelsway1 i had to go to my parents up the street to do laundry because our washer and dryer were removed to finish drywalling the basement. So pissed
@Loric76 I never understood why that didn't happen more :)
@Loric76 With the way reffing has been, I'm sure he's not the only one ;)
we get it, both rounds were missing the Leafs... keep rubbing it in
I like the sound of 2 Granbergs