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

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    A great penalty kill from Greg McKegg, broke up two passes.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    GEt him in the mask?

  • Loric76

    holy crap
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    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!