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

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/

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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MGD Game 6: Right Where You Want Them

Jeff Veillette
May 14 2016 09:00AM

Photo Credit: Pete Dougherty (Albany Times Union) / Twitter

After three opening games which left spectators a little confused, the Toronto Marlies appear to have gotten their creative juices flowing and are now just one win away from advancing to the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals to take on one of Hershey or Wilkes-Barre. They still have their work cut out for them, though; that last win won't come easy.

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TLN Roundtable: The Late Late Show

Jeff Veillette
May 13 2016 11:12PM


The Eastern Conference Finals officially got underway tonight, and despite the best efforts of Ben Bishop's leg to shrink his usable body to a standard height, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the first game by a score of 3-1. If nothing else, it means that we can add "Stanley Cup Winning Captain" to Steven Stamkos' description when we write about him signing a contract here in two months.

The start of the series had us thinking, though. The Leafs haven't made it to this stage since 2002 when the Carolina Hurricanes beat them in six games. They've only gotten this far four other times (1978, 1993, 1994, and 1999) in the post-Expansion Era. Forget the cup, is Toronto ever going to get back to the final four anytime soon? We weighed in with some thoughts.

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