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The similarities between the Marlies and the Leafs are apparent. One of the most dominant comparisons is that when they’re down, they don’t stay there. MARLIES VICTORY! 2-1 against the Albany Devils in overtime. The Marlies now lead the series 2-1 despite dropping Game One. All they need is one more win to end the Devils and coast into round two. They’ll have that opportunity Friday for Game Four at Ricoh.
The fun thing about this game, is that their best plays can go here or in The Disgusting. Either way Ricoh was rocking through the full 60. Kasimir Kaskisuo made his AHL Playoff debut. If you don’t remember who he is or where he came from, he was signed last season from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and spend most of this season with the Orlando Solar Bears. Despite all that, he went into this game 5-1-0 with a .934 Sv%. He had a stellar performance making 27 points to keep the Baby Leafs in it.
The OT winner for the Marlies was nothing short of perfection. Deep in the defensive zone, the players fight for the puck and Justin Holl gets it free. He skates with it all the way to the neutral zone then passes it over to Colin Greening after John Quenneville thought it was a good idea to pinch. Greening has room alone in the high slot and shoots the puck past MacKenzie Blackwood for the winner.
The game did end in OT, the goals that Albany got could’ve been avoided. Fresh from the NHL Playoffs, Kasperi Kapanen trips Kevin Rooney putting the Devils on the power play. Albany sustains pressure passing the puck around which eventually gets to Quenneville with open ice. With a shot off the right post, he gets the Devils in the game to make it 2-1. Despite shooting the puck through traffic, you would’ve liked Kerby Rychel to get to Quenneville a little quicker and attempt to interfere with the shot somehow.
The Devil’s second goal you don’t want to happen either as it was the next shift after the Marlies made it 2-1. Steven Santini is able to prolong the pressure in Toronto’s zone and send the puck in deep. The shot goes off the pad of Kaskisuo and off the boards but Carter Camper gets to it first after Andrew Nielsen blows a wheel. Camper heads to the net and sends the puck over Kaskisuo’s glove to tie the game. The Devils just wont give up and we have ourselves a hockey game.
If you want an overall theme for this game, I think Double Dipping would be a good one. Besides the tripping penalty taken in the first period, Kapanen had an outstanding game. He and Brendan Leipsic connected twice to score for the Marlies. You can tell that Kapanen’s time with the Leafs benefited him as he looked a faster in this game, both in speed and decision-making.
Freddie the Goat gets the puck to Travis Dermott who takes a shot on net. Kapanen gets the loose rebound and sends a backhand pass to Leipsic on the other side of the net. Despite having two Devils players on his heels, #19 is able to get the puck into the net to make it 1-0 for the Marlies. In period two, we were treated to the double dip. Gauthier again with the puck in the middle of the ice sends it over to Kapanen on the wall. He waits and sends another beauty of a feed to a streaking Leipsic for his second of the game.
Multi point nights for Leipsic, Kapanen, and Dermott plus solid goaltending equals a nice win by the boys in Ricoh.