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
Photo Credit: Twitter/Albany Devils
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.
May 11 2016 09:04PM
Between winning the Draft Lottery two weeks ago and the Toronto Marlies' playoff run, it's easy to forget that the Leafs have a grocery list of quality prospects still playing junior hockey. None of those guys, however, stand out quite as much as Mitch Marner, who has been nothing short of lights out for the London Knights in his first and likely only post-draft season. Tonight capped off a season of hard work, as the Knights completed their sweep of the Niagara Ice Dogs and won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in just 18 games.
May 11 2016 11:46AM
We all keep telling ourselves that the year that breaks the trend is upon us, but once again, the Washington Capitals have taken an early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means that, once again, 30-year-old Alex Ovechkin will have to wait at least another year before getting a significant shot at the Stanley Cup.
He'll surely get skewered in the media. The narratives have already started once again; especially now that he's keeping his skates on for a few more weeks to represent Russia at the World Championships. Honestly, it's not fair to him.
May 10 2016 08:24PM
There's a difference between "setting the tone" and "crossing the line". The Albany Devils have spent the bulk of this series riding the grey areas in this regard, escalating pushing and shoving to attempts to injure on more than a few occasions. That became most apparent in tonight's game, but rather than losing control, the Toronto Marlies got their revenge where it hurts the most; the scoresheet. Thanks to a potent powerplay, the blue and white managed to run away with a commanding 7-2 victory to tie the series at two.