Marlies meet worthy opponent in Baby Pens

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Sometimes, you have to beat the best to be the best. Or, if you’re the Toronto Marlies, you take on the second best to remind the rest of the league who’s in charge. Despite falling behind 2-0 heading into the third period, the blue and white responded with four unanswered goals to cap a dominant game off on a high note.

The two teams started off the festivities with an exciting first period. Brendan Leipsic took the crowd out of their seats with a dipsie-doodle play in the opening seconds, and while he was denied by the leg of Matt Murray, it set the tone for the action. Toronto took 19 shots on Murray in the opening twenty minutes, but much like the twelve chances that Wilkes-Barre had, none were successful.

The Penguins weren’t as kind to Bibeau int he second. After Connor Brown headed to the box for a high stick, Wilkes-Barre’s powerplay went to work. Anton Zlobin, without a clear opportunity available to him, chipped the puck towards Bibeau and picked up his own rebound to put the Penguins up a minute into the period. Before the second minute could pass, the opponents doubled up; this time, Kael Mouillierat stripped the puck away from Andrew Campbell and wired a slapshot above Bibeau’s blocker.

The Marlies aren’t a team that easily roll over and die, however. In the opening minute of the third period, TJ Brennan took advantage of an offensive zone faceoff win, ripping a shot from the left side as Zach Hyman screened Murray to snap the shutout. By the time the period’s halfway mark came along, Toronto were back at it; this time, a sprawling Connor Brown tied up the game with his sixth of the season. 

With seven minutes to go in the third, Toronto finished turning the deficit into a lead. While the Marlies were concerned about the Penguins possibly having too many men on the ice, they turned the poor change into an odd man rush. William Nylander had lots of options to work with as he carried the puck, but decided that the best one was himself and beat Murray for his 16th of the season. Brett Findlay added insurance shortly thereafter, tapping in a cross-crease pass from Hyman to complete the 4-2 victory.

The Marlies will now get just a few hours rest before taking on the Portland Pirates at 1:30 PM tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre.

  • silentbob

    i just want to see one exhibition game with the current leafs vs the current marlies just for giggles. i honestly don’t know who would win. that’s the sad part.

    • Harte of a Lion

      Whoever wins, it’s a win for the Leafs as these are the players who will dress for the big team over the next few years. It’s not time to jump back on the bandwagon yet fickle fans… But that time will come soon.

      Go Leafs, Go Marlies!

    • SEER

      Me, too…, Jay..! Thought about it a few times, since before X-mas..

      I think that right after Draft day would be a good time.. LOL! : )

      Great to see another comeback win..! They’ve had more than a few, this season.., as well as many HUGE wins..! And Bibeau has really got his A-game back..!! : )

      Marlies Highlights – February 19, 2016

      —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcBVLcR39Qs

      —————————-

      ..Another new, hugely-requested, 2016 Draft Prospect video…

      German Rubstov/ Center / shoots L/
      Born Jun. 27 1998/ Chekhov, Russia/
      17 yrs. ago/
      Height 6’1″/ Weight 174

      RECENT STATS: (*Up to Feb. 20th 2016)

      2015-16 Team Russia U-18 – MHL
      24 Games… 10 Goals… 14 Assists… 24 Points… +11 *PPG

      Russian Voodoo: German Rubtsov 2014-16 Highlights – 2016 NHL Draft Prospect

      —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1AkFxLGQXg

      —————————

      ..And finally.., a pump-up for tonight’s game against the Flyers.. (although it appears the Draft is still most people’s main focus.. Thank God, for the Marlies and many other Leaf Prospects, who are having great seasons..)

      Rockin’: Leafs vs Flyers Match-Up/Mash-Up Montage – TML 2014-15

      —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsN-_m0aLbk

  • Gary Empey

    3. TOR Brennan, (20) (Hyman, Nylander), 0:34

    3. TOR Brown, (6) (Leipsic, Lindberg), 9:34 (PP)

    3. TOR Nylander, (16) (Hyman, Percy), 13:04

    3. TOR Findlay, (4) (Hyman, Valiev), 16:02

  • silentbob

    Hyman with 3 assists. I’ve seen his name come up a fair bit lately when keeping an eye on marlies games. Do we have anything there or is he a career ahler?

  • silentbob

    It’s Hyman’s first season in the All so it’s too early to call but he has looked better every month. Being one of the older prospects he should be getting a call up after the trade deadline.