April 24 2016 10:47PM
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The Toronto Marlies moved one step closer to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs on Sunday evening, shutting out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Webster Bank Arena, completely eliminating any semblance of early-series home ice advantage and allowing themselves three opportunities to close out things at home this week.
April 24 2016 10:12AM
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Last night worked out pretty well for the Toronto Marlies. They started off with one of their weaker periods of the year, but quickly reverted back to their typical game and skated away with a 4-1 victory (more on that here). Now, though, they must get rested up quickly and prepare themselves for a just-as-important Game 2. Here's what you need to know.
April 23 2016 09:26PM
The first rule of playoff hockey is that at any given point, absolutely anything can happen. The first rule of watching the Toronto Marlies is that, at any given point, the team is able to react to anything that happens to them. Both of those rules were put to the test today when the team stumbled out of the gate in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs, but the Marlies rebounded with a thorough 4-1 victory.
April 23 2016 12:33PM
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Winning 54 games is great and all, but you know what would be really nice? Winning 69 games. The Toronto Marlies will begin their push towards the Calder Cup tonight when they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Game 1 of their first-round series. Here's what you need to know.
April 22 2016 09:22AM
Photo of Garret Sparks via Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com. Photo of Christopher Gibson via HartfordWolfPack.com
It's time for the Toronto Marlies to start playing meaningful hockey again. If we're being honest about things, the team has been able to coast with a minimum required effort since taking over the first seed from Wilkes-Barre in mid-December. "Typical Marlies Hockey" began to form, where the team appeared to spend 45 minutes experimenting with new ideas before securing the a win, no matter what the score was when they flipped the switch. They come into the playoffs as arguably the best team in AHL history; certainly, they have the third-best record of all time.
But none of that matters if they can't execute. Remember, this is the same team that was the hottest team in the AHL heading into last year's playoffs, only to get reverse swept by the Grand Rapids Griffins. This year, they'll kick things off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in what should be an interesting series.