Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 3, Western Conference Finals

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The Toronto Marlies are looking to get back to playing better hockey after two games in which they were soundly outshot and outplayed, but relied on opportunistic goal scoring and fantastic goaltending from Drew MacIntyre.

In Games 1 and 2, the Marlies were pulled away from playing their game and spent a lot of time in between the dots loosely defending the neutral zone and home plate areas, as opposed to forcing battles to the boards, where they excel. Getting back to basic hockey and executing simple plays with better accuracy; including making sure there is ample support for the defence from the forwards by providing backside pressure, simple (short) tape-to-tape passes on breakouts and through the neutral zone and using soft, smart dumps to use the Toronto Marlies considerable physical makeup to their advantage.

Followers of the Maple Leafs will notice the same wide open points (which generate rebounds and second chance oppurtunities) with the Marlies, and they will more-than-likely be outshot in the series regularly, but hopefully they can whether the storm and receive the same excellent goaltending they have been from Drew MacIntyre.

Lineup changes for The Marlies: Tyler Biggs and Andrew Macwilliam are in, Jerred Smithson / Dylan Yeo are out. Steve Spott obviously looking to add some more snarl to the lineup in attempts to keeping what was a chippy affair the last game under wraps, to augment the forecheck (Biggs) and keep Texas Stars’ East-West forwards honest (MacWilliam).

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Lets GO MARLIES !!!

  • Loric76

    4-2 Marlies

  • Jmessih

    Ashton has been a little quiet over the last number of games, was engaged physically last game however.

  • Loric76

    Mac dominating

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/scottcwheeler https://twitter.com/scottcwheeler/status/471793360878186496   More
    A great penalty kill from Greg McKegg, broke up two passes.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    GEt him in the mask?

  • Loric76

    holy crap
    https://twitter.com/BarDown https://twitter.com/BarDown/status/471793622359482369  More
    Nigeria v Scotland Investigated For Match Fixing…this doesn’t help. http://t.co/dJsruxE0ho

  • Jmessih

    Stars have been getting out of their end rather easily.

  • Jmessih

    Loric76 Ya, that was a hot button topic today.

  • Uncle Otis

    Loric76 
    BETTMAN!

  • Loric76

    Brennan!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    WhOot.

  • Jmessih

    TJ!!!!!!!!!!

  • Burntheboats

    YEAHHH!!!

  • Loric76

    Jmessih Loric76 and this is what the Habs are slowly turning our game into…

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Awesome. 

    BUt he is horrible 😉

  • Loric76

    30 goals as a defenseman…crazy

  • Uncle Otis

    Turn on Lafs TV and find the Marlie game doesn’t start until 9PM
    Must be all their other stellar programing trumping it
    WTFACK!!??

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook he’d make a fucking awesome 2-way forward.  can’t understand why it hasn’t been tried

  • Jmessih

    4th lines already made an impact (goal for) and had a good bounce back shift there.

  • Mcost61

    TheCanucksnaphook Someone may want that kind of production on the D. Part of a package

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Jmessih Absolutely.

  • Doorman

    Test!  lol

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Doorman BANNED !!

  • Loric76

    Uncle Otis Rogers LocalTV has the rights for Ricoh games

  • Loric76

    Doorman Fail

  • Uncle Otis

    Loric76 Uncle Otis 
    ahhhh
    What a tangled web they weave….

  • Loric76

    Mcost61 TheCanucksnaphook we got him as a FA from Florida.  Think they might want him back for the 1st overall?  😀

  • Uncle Otis

    Doorman 
    Surprised you didn’t get banned around here D..heard we’re dropping like flies

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    LOL – It’s there if you listen closely, a “Lets Go Marlies” chant starting.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    DeclanK You mean here?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK Oh fuck.

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK the wife is upstairs trying to put the kids down.  I’m screaming it out at the top of my lungs

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Hey man.  Thats my profanity.

  • Doorman

    Uncle Otis Doorman What I miss???  lol

  • Jmessih

    One of these days someone is going to get banned for the banned jokes lol

  • Loric76

    Uncle Otis Doorman who else got banned other than Belfour?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK Shit, sorry.

  • Uncle Otis

    Doorman Uncle Otis 
    Just catching up myself D…was on a five day Vegas bender

  • JMAC17

    Jmessih Was someone else banned?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Jmessih I read earlier that you had some difficulties with poor posters being banned?

  • Doorman

    Uncle Otis Doorman How much did you Lose???

  • Loric76

    Doorman Uncle Otis everything but his flight home

  • Mind Bomb

    Doorman Uncle Otis 
     This board has capitulated ! Admitted defeat, and are planing another 5 years of missing the playoffs
     You no the usual Panic, mayhem etc

  • Doorman

    Mind Bomb Doorman Uncle Otis So in other words:  Fucking Normal!!!  lol

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    That was a penalty?

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook Texas must be in Montreal

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    DeclanK Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook Gratuitous in nature !!

  • Jmessih

    DeclanK Jmessih If you mean I didn’t/don’t want Belfour banned, then yes.

  • BrandonCheema

    TheCanucksnaphook same refs as game 2?