The Marlies are in trouble, so let's see what they do with it

Jeff Veillette
May 26 2016 09:46AM

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You know that a loss is bad when even the team delivering it to you is in a bit of shock. When Christian Djoos scored his second of the playoffs to put the Hershey Bears up 7-2 at Ricoh Coliseum last night, you didn't see a deadpan look on his face, nor did you see over-exuberance. Instead, a hearty laugh came from the 21-year-old defenceman. Not a "these guys are terrible" laugh, but more of a "how is this even possible?" laugh.

The Toronto Marlies are probably asking themselves the same question, though the tone is much darker in their context. Despite the expectations of just about anybody in the hockey world, the team isn't just on the verge of elimination; they're on the verge of getting swept.

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Marlies playoff hopes diminished after huge loss to Hershey

Jeff Veillette
May 25 2016 09:19PM

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The Toronto Marlies had an opportunity to close the gap in the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals but ended up getting a near-opposite result. Despite a very competitive initial forty minutes, Toronto lost control in the third and gave up five goals, leading to an 8-2 final score.

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MGD Game 3: Unlikely, but not Impossible

Jeff Veillette
May 25 2016 03:54PM

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Game two was a heartbreaker for the Toronto Marlies. They outshot the Hershey Bears 40-23, including a 15-2 spread in the first period, but even that wasn't enough to secure a series-tying result. The bad news for the Marlies is that they're behind by two games in this series. The good news? There's lots of time left to turn things around.

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The Tragically Hip, Hockey, The Leafs, And Us

Greg Brady
May 25 2016 11:15AM

It's only May, and yet it's been, to put it mildly, a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad year if you're a music fan. Though over the Christmas season, the oft-troubled Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots passed away while on tour, while the iconic Motorhead frontman Lemmy died of an "extremely aggressive cancer" just three days before New Year's Eve. Maybe neither death was utterly unexpected. Weiland had off-and-on drug troubles for what seemed like two decades, and Lemmy had lived a very, very hard life with booze and pills, and cancer only enveloped and overwhelmed him without him having the strength or disposition to fight it much at that point.

But then January came, and the terrible hits to our memories, teen years and even the adult phase for some of us kept coming and walloping us. David Bowie on January 10th. Glenn Frey on January 17th. Maurice White. Phife Dawg. Last month, Prince may have hit the global community hardest of the bunch.

And then yesterday.

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The Leafs can easily trade up in the draft, but for who?

Ryan Fancey
May 25 2016 06:45AM

In the next few days we'll start taking a look at who the Leafs might target after Auston in the draft next month. We're all aware the team holds a barrel of picks, including two that will fall close to each other at the end of the first round and beginning of the second. There will be plenty of intriguing options right there for Mark Hunter to consider at 27-30 and 31, but there are also a few players that could be worth moving up for, and if Lamoriello wants to swing something to get into the early 20s or even late teens, it's likely quite doable.

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