Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 7

Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars: Game 7

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A great run comes to an end.

Game Highlights: Texas Stars 6 vs. Toronto Marlies 2

Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference


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The Toronto Marlies get set to take on the Texas Stars at 8:30 p.m.

For a team with anywhere from 12-15 entry level contracts making up the team roster, many had the young Toronto Marlies‘ season labeled as one that would be a learning year and one without much hope for playoff success. Here are the Marlies looking down a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals and in with a shot to go to the Calder Cup Finals—their 2nd in the past 3 seasons.

Despite being wildly outshot in a number of games, the Marlies have hung in there with excellent goaltending and timely goalscoring—and scoring 1st in 13 of their 13 playoff games. Drew MacIntyre has been the difference maker for the Marlies and veteran players such as: Spencer Abbot, Peter Holland, Carter Ashton, Jerry D’Amigo and an emerging Sam Carrick have all taken offensive roles when the team has needed it most throughout the Calder Cup Finals.

Special teams were huge for the Marlies in the 2nd period last night in particular and continue to compensate for the Stars’ edge in play at even strength: The Marlies killed off four power plays in the 2nd and scored on their lone PP of the period, and are currently killing penalties at a 90+% rate in these playoffs along with a 25.4% powerplay success rate.

The Toronto Marlies have allowed just 4 goals against in their last 3 games.

All the chips are down and it’s Game 7. Nothing like it.

No reported lineup changes, we’ll toss into the comments as they become available.

2533 comments
Great Dane
Great Dane

This is a classic:


Hope_Smoke @Hope_Smoke  ·  7h

Enjoy this experience Rangers and Kings fans. As a, soon to be 32 year old, lifelong Leafs fan I have no idea what this feels like.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

3 game 7s and they've won every game 1 after.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

Come on now. People were actually doubting that the Kings win this series?

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

Gaborik with the OT winner icing his old team.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

More OT? Ugggghhhhhh

Fish Head
Fish Head

Interesting dynamic in this game. Rangers throw everything they have at the Kings in the first period then things even out in the second and the Kings are now playing their game in the third. Rangers need this game more than the Kings. If Kings win I can't see NY winning 4 of the next 6.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

if i were the blue jays i would go all in this season and try and get two more starting pitchers if possible. Like shields from KC and the guy for the cubs for example. Use the top two pitching prospects (stroman and Sanchez i believe) as center pieces in the two deals. Might as well go for it all while you have the window of opportunity. 

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@wiski Its really not rocket science. Everyone knows you are not scoring down low on the king. He also has a good glove. where else you going to shoot.

Hmmm
Hmmm

@RandomScrub The way they're playing, positioning themselves for high percentage short passes and positioning themselves to intercept opposition passes, they can play another 7 games.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Black_Hawk The asking prices are ridiculous for those players right now. The Cubs are asking for Hutchinson plus for Samardzija is nuts. Hutch is better, has more team control, and will cost a lot to resign. I liked what I have seen last game from Stroman. Give him a chance. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@ProfessorRance @Black_Hawk wow didnt know that. well im just saying if they could go out and do it then go for it b/c its been 20 years since they last made the playoffs so not point in not going for it all. 

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Black_Hawk @ProfessorRance I totally agree with what you are saying. I think the rumours are that they are looking more at a rental type pitcher just because of the market's high asking price. It's so difficult to make the playoffs in baseball that you do have to make a few sacrifices if you think your opportunity is there.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Black_Hawk @ProfessorRance I would be reluctant but for the right pitcher I would as well. It's less likely prospects in the MLB become all stars. Read somewhere that 17% of drafted players even make the MLB.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@ProfessorRance @Black_Hawk yeah thats why i would take the risk. But yeah i know what you mean. I would want to go out and get two solid pitchers to really go all out on our farm system. Just one would have to be a real Ace.