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- Marlies Crunching Ticket to Game Seven – 2 TOR 1 SYR - May 16, 2017
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All Marlies fans probably feel like Elliott in E.T. after this game. They’re alive, THEY’RE ALIVE! MARLIES VICTORY! 2-1 against the Syracuse Crunch. Before the game, I had a post detailing possible game savers for the Marlies. Proud to say that three of the four took place at that game. The series is tied at three with Game Seven being played Wednesday in Syracuse. To use a “popular” hockey cliche, it’s a one game series.
It seems like the Marlies may have channelled the urgency from the fans. A lot of people agreed that the power play would have to kick it back into gear after going 0/5 for the game before. As fate would have it, both goals came from the power play (we’ll save the first one for later #foreshadowing). Eight minutes left in the third period and it’s tied at one. For the Marlies it’s Andrew Nielsen, Seth Griffith, Trevor Moore, Cal O’Rielly, and Carl Grundström. Griffith sends the puck to Nielsen who has the slap shot ready to go and fires it down Main St. The puck goes right between the goaltender’s pads and it’s 2-1 Marlies.
Goaltending needs to get a shout out as well. Kasimir Kaskisuo left the game with a .946 Sv% stopping 27 of 28 shots. He made a flurry of saves early on in the game and the second period when the game was tied. Key save of the night has to be the Dumont save on the breakaway. No surprise that he was named first star.
Tonight's three stars:
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) May 16, 2017
It’s never good to give up the first goal of the game. It’s even worse when you give up a goal shorthanded. The Crunch lost their sense of discipline a little during regulation. Johnsson tries to send the puck over to Kapanen but the it is intercepted. Former Marlies centre Byron Froese gets the puck past Nielsen to Michael Bournival who breaks free of Johnsson. Bournival heads to the net and fires the puck over Kaskisuo’s glove to make it 1-0. The shorthanded chances continued in the third period as well, but Kaskisuo and the Marlies were able to fend those off.
Carl Grundström. I should just stop there. After signing an ATO with the Marlies, Grundström has three goals and four points in five games. Goal number four came on the power play. Griffith receives the puck along the boards and passes it to Grundström who, to no one’s surprise, is in front of the net. Grundström tries to tap the puck in but it is stopped by McKenna. The puck ends up being pushed behind the net by a Syracuse player, and O’Rielly passes it back to Grundström. The 2016 second round pick tucks the puck into the net on the backhand to tie the game for the Marlies. It’s incredible how much of an impact he has had for the team since coming West from Sweden. A position on the Leafs next year may be doubtful, but a full-time spot on the Marlies has to be guaranteed.