Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 4, Western Conference Finals

Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 4, Western Conference Finals

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“Attack” and “desperation” were Steve Spott’s buzzwords last night, directed toward the Marlie forward group in particular, after the Marlies fell behind in a series for the first time in these playoffs following a 3-2 defeat to Texas in Game 3.

“Our 12 forwards have not found the level of desperation their 12 forwards have.”

“We don’t have enough forwards onboard right now getting the job done with puck possession and offensive zone time. We need more offensive zone time from our forwards.”

“We cannot turn over pucks in the neutral zone. We have to get pucks deep and hunt people down and we just haven’t done that enough this series.”

The Marlies continue to go out to early leads – ten consecutive after last night’s TJ Brennan goal in the first period – but have not been able to dictate the pace of games in this series, something that will need to change in a crucial Game 4 matchup tonight.

The one line Spott seemed pleased with after the game was the Biggs, Ross and Ryan unit, which he felt showed the desperation and physicality down low he is looking for from his forward group. Some crashing and banging in the corner by Ross and Biggs led to a point blank chance for Kenny Ryan (who was shifted to center) that was somehow turned away by Nilstorp early in the second period with the game tied at 1s.

Spott also blended together a Kid Line of Leivo, Carrick and McKegg seeking a spark up front.

The Marlies have to find their game fast here. A 3-1 hole, obviously, means Texas has three chances to close the series out, and with the AHL playoff format both Games 6 and 7 would be in their home barn.

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noyon100
noyon100

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reenergized
reenergized

Glad to see the scabs lost ... finally, overachieving whiners!!! I think the lot of them went to diving academy in stead of skating academy ... 


I just want to make a "contrary" comment on all the Randy bashing. First I don't necessarily agree with all of his and the coaching staffs choices , but isn't it possible that RC didn't play the kids, Ashton, D'amigo, etc because they weren't ready? I know most of us believe that  those kids were better than Orr and Mclaren, but what if the coaching staff still didn't think they were good enough yet and decided to shelter them and let them develop further in the A? It's not like he doesn't play the young guys, witness Gardiner, Rielly even Kadri ... RC is not the first coach to limit Kadri's ice time RW did it, Tippet did it at the worlds too. Ashton had a lot of time with the club this year and maybe just maybe what we don't see, the practices etc, didn't fill the staff up with confidence and instead of letting then get clobbered the staff reduced their minutes allowed to the bare minimum. Letting Orr and Maclaren get clobbered wouldn't stunt their development. 


Maybe the staff wanted to let the kids develop more so when they play for the leafs they actually can contribute. The NHL is not really the place to develop players .... just a thought

Savo43
Savo43

Will the Kings buyout Mike Richards? He's playing 4th line for them this playoff -.-

lukethenuke
lukethenuke

boy do i ever feel relieved, Bring on the draft!!

Savo43
Savo43

So, Nonis was said to be one of the GMs trying to trade for Vanek at the deadline. Does this mean we might sign him? He's friggin sick against the Bruins. I'd love him for that reason alone. Would be nice to stick it to the Habs and Buffalo at the same time as well =D. 

Loric76
Loric76

Punchy ‏@PunchyBlue  32m

And now they're in a pickle. Subban will get a kings ransom. Pressure is on to re-sign Weise, Boullion, Gionta, Markov, Weaver...

Loric76
Loric76

The Commish ‏@NHL_Boss  1m 

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Sportsnet is probably happy. No more Canadian teams in the playoffs to take attention away from the Leafs' offseason concerns.

Loric76
Loric76

Hope the Habs enjoy their 27th overall pick this June

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

2 Billion dollars for the Clippers?  Pretty good R.O.I. for that guys 13 million dollar purchase. Wow.

Bruffins
Bruffins

Trade Phaneuf, Kessel and Lupul. Hire Torts. Spott coaches the Marlies to back to back Calder Cups. Then promoted to Leafs HC job and we build around Rielly, Bernier, McDavid, Kadri, Ekblad and Granberg.


Boom, it's so easy!

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@reenergized I am hoping that while McLaren is with the Marlies, he will teach Ashton how to fight. And keep him from trying to break other players fists with his nose. That would be good improvement for Ashton.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Savo43 And who cares if they do?  You want a has been expensive 4th liner on our team and perhaps call him our 1C?  No thank you.

Loric76
Loric76

I wouldn't sneeze as Markov coming in as a vet presence, or is he too old and injury prone now?

loomx
loomx

@Savo43 Edmonton says yes, Calgary hangs up quickly.

Rhaegar_
Rhaegar_

@Loric76 Tomorrow's front page headlines at Sportsnet:

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Rangers advance to Finals

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Later in the day:

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Leafs hire new Zamboni Driver

vinoa
vinoa

@Loric76 They just won our division and got to the conference finals in the last 2 years. I think they'll be fine with their 27th pick.

Savo43
Savo43

@vinoa @Savo43 Depends. Some believe Reinhart is better. 

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EDIT: Both would be just fine by me.

Savo43
Savo43

@loomx @Savo43 We'd probably have to give CGY Kadri instead of our 8th. I'd consider it though, draft Draisatl and Ehlers/VIrtanen/McCann. 

Loric76
Loric76

@vinoa @Loric76 bah cinderella run in a weak conference.  I know it doesn't say much about our team that didn't even make it, but don't let where the Habs ended fool you for a second into thinking they're any good.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Loric76 @vinoa

they played the worst team in the playoffs without their goalie and then played the Bruins who they somehow have matched up perfectly against these last few years.... I am not that impressed with them.

Savo43
Savo43

@lukethenuke @Savo43 lolol i was quoting a tracy chapman song. Why not though? Cap is going up, we got a young and talented team, with the best fan base in the world. Sounds like good reasons to me. 

Savo43
Savo43

@lukethenuke @Savo43 In all seriousness though we just want our team to win. We weren't really a bottom 10 team, we just had a beautiful attempt at tanking for the last 20 games. We aren't nearly as bad as we finished and you should know that. 

Savo43
Savo43

@lukethenuke @Savo43 Nah, the real fans aren't in Toronto, they're everywhere else. Like Vancouver! Go LEAFS GO!