A great run comes to an end.
Game Highlights: Texas Stars 6 vs. Toronto Marlies 2
Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference
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.
GOD DAMN @Fish Head JustWin Winlliams!
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.
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.
@Great Dane Also doesn't know the agony of a defeat in the finals either.
@~Keon whats going on?
@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.
@Jmessih Later Messiah
@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.
@RandomScrub and this was one the Kings could have justifiably lost given they played Sunday.
@wiski We are right so far
@ProfessorRance Now you see why Phook keeps talking about him?
@Jmessih Kopitar and Mcdonagh.
@Jmessih Lundqvist and Gaborik.
doughty and doughty (own goal)
@Jmessih Tanner Pearson, Brad Richards
@Jmessih Half broken stick trick.
@ShiftyD Might have spoken too soon.
@Jmessih Terrible play.
@wiski Would not be happy coming home from work to see that in my lawn.
@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.
@Jmessih yeah guys leave Phook alone
@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.