Rich Clune, The Playoffs, and Picking Your Spots

Jeff Veillette
May 17 2016 11:09AM

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It's Game 7. Nobody expected you to need to take much time to close out this series, and the team you're facing has a knack for picking up a spirit-crushing goal on the slightest whim. There are three and a half minutes in the game, the score is tied, and you don't want to go to overtime.

Not too many teams would respond to this by sending out their fourth line. But the Toronto Marlies aren't like many teams. Nikita Soshnikov, Ben Smith, and Rich Clune step onto the ice to start the shift that would decide the series.

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Toronto Marlies win Game 7, advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Jeff Veillette
May 16 2016 08:08PM

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The Toronto Marlies dominated the standings during the regular season. Not because they won every game by a landslide (though they had their fair share), but because when they got themselves in a hole, they'd find a way to band together and escape it. Such was the case in Game 7 tonight, as the team overcame a few very tense moments to win the evening, and the series, by a 4-3 result.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: May 16th

Jeff Veillette
May 16 2016 01:14PM


Life advice: If you're going to play sports for six hours at a time, don't trust Diet Pepsi to hydrate you. It might be tasty, but taste is deceiving. Also, you won't be able to walk the next day.

Thankfully, a lack of movement has led to me being able to sit down and answer some questions in our fine TLN mailbag. Many people were curious about the same one or two topics, but there was still some variety all the same! Let's dive in.

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MGD Game 7: For the first time, it's do or die

Jeff Veillette
May 16 2016 10:49AM

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It was cold, snowy, and even slightly hail-y in Toronto yesterday. This typically wouldn't be a big deal, except for the fact that it was shorts weather two days prior and that the calendar clearly states that we're six weeks away from summer.

Certainly, the idea of hell freezing over while the Albany Devils are within striking distance of completing a best-of-seven upset isn't something that the Toronto Marlies want to entertain. The superstitious people in this world will be happy to hear that it's projected to be 15 and rainy by the time puck drop hits tonight. The blue and white, however, have to focus on actually winning the game. If they don't, their season will come to an abrupt end.

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Marlies lose Game 6, setting up all-or-nothing series finale

Jeff Veillette
May 14 2016 03:39PM

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The Toronto Marlies came in tonight in a position that most teams would love to be in; they had home-ice advantage in a potential series-clinching game. The Albany Devils were short quite a few of their top players, and Toronto had outscored their opponents 12-3 in the two games prior. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, not a ton went right for them. Despite their best efforts, the Blue and White dropped a less dirty but just as chippy Game 6 by a score of 4-1, leaving the series to be decided on a weekday night in downtown Toronto.

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