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.
May 14 2016 09:00AM
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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.
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.
May 12 2016 08:29PM
Many expected the Toronto Marlies to steamroll every opponent in their path on their way through the Calder Cup Playoffs. That was an unrealistic expectation, particularly once Toronto drew the Albany Devils as their second round opponent. But these last two games have shown why people believed in the team to that extent. Hot off the heels of a 7-2 blowout, the team went from series trailers to leaders with another runaway 5-1 victory.
May 12 2016 01:12PM
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Tonight's game between the Albany Devils and Toronto Marlies doesn't start or a few more hours, but there's already been a small victory involved in the process. The American Hockey League announced their punishment for Dan Kelly this morning, and it wasn't light; the Albany defenseman will miss ten games, starting with tonight.