Marlies Take Game 3 in Overtime
B. Leipsic (1) (K. Kapanen, T. Dermott), B. Leipsic (2) (K. Kapanen, F. Gauthier), C. Greening (2) (J. Holl, T. Dermott)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo 27/29
J. Quenneville (3) (K. Stollery, B. Sexton), J. Quenneville (4) PP (S. Santini, B. Pietila)
Goaltender: M. Blackwood 22/25
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Brendan Leipsic opened the scoring with his first of the postseason at 3:49 of the first period and added a second at 17:59 of the second period. Kapanen connected with Leipsic on both goals. Leipsic registered 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 49 games during the regular season.
- Colin Greening scored the overtime winner 45 seconds into the extra frame. Greening has scored in consecutive games.
- Kasperi Kapanen picked up two assists, setting up Leipsic on both his goals. In 43 regular season games with the Marlies, Kapanen produced a point period game (18 goals, 25 assist).
- Travis Dermott collected two assists tonight, including one on Greening’s overtime winner. Dermott has three assist through three games this postseason.
- Frederik Gauthier registered his third point (1 goal, 2 assists) of the postseason on Leipsic’s second period goal. Gauthier recorded a goal and assist in the Marlies game two victory.
- Justin Holl picked up the primary assist on Greening’s overtime winning goal and now has four assists in the series.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 27 of 29 shots in his first career playoff start. Kaskisuo posted a 5-1 record during the regular season with a 1.84 Goals Against Average and a .934 Save Percentage.
- The Marlies hold a 50-43 record in the postseason (26-21 at home).
- The Marlies are now 6-6 during overtime (3-2 at home).
- Toronto went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Albany outshot the Marlies 29-25.
- Kasperi Kapanen led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
CAREER PLAYOFF LEADERS
- Games: Cal O’Reilly (68), Andrew Campbell (46), Rich Clune (26)
- Points: Cal O’Reilly (44), Seth Griffith (20), Sislo (9)
- Goals: Cal O’Reilly (11), Seth Griffith (7), Leipsic (5)
- Assists: Cal O’Reilly (33), Seth Griffith (13), Campbell (7)
THE SERIES SO FAR
Albany Goals: Thomson, Quenneville,
TOR PP: 0/4 ALB PP: 1/5 Shots: 27-23 TOR
Toronto Goals: Rychel, Kalinin, Gauthier, Greening, Johnsson, Moore
Albany Goals: Rooney, Quenneville,
TOR PP: 2/7 ALB PP: 0/5 Shots: 23-21 TOR
“I think a lot of it came from Justin Holl. He brought a lot of people over to him and he was able to make that pass and then once I got in the middle, I think I caught the defenseman a little bit flat-footed, so I just tried to push the puck into a place so that I’d be able to get the shot away so that he wouldn’t be able to deflect it and I was able to kind of get it on net.”
– Colin Greening, Marlies Forward
“We had to get through a penalty kill early. With the penalty kill early there, frankly I thought that Gauthier and Leipsic would stay out a little bit longer. They kept their shift short which was nice. We had Kapanen coming from the boards and then Greening has just been real reliable for us, we wanted to get him out there. We get a lucky break, puck falls on his stick, Hollsy makes a great play on the entry and Greening shoots it in the net and great celebration. You could just tell from his reaction just how much this means to him so it’s really nice to see from a veteran guy like him.”
– Sheldon Keefe – Marlies Head Coach
Game Four: Friday, April 28 vs Albany – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Five: Saturday, April 29 vs Albany – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies return to home ice Wednesday night as their first round series against the Devils moves to Toronto.
The Marlies are looking to build on their 6-2 victory in Albany on Saturday night to even the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Six different players scored in Saturday’s victory, including Trevor Moore and Andreas Johnsson who both earned their first career AHL playoff goals in the contest.
Justin Holl had three assists in the game, while Kerby Rychel and Frederik Gauthier each had a goal and an assist. Holl leads all players in the series with three points.
One key for the Marlies will be continuing strong special teams play. They converted twice on the power play in Saturday’s victory and finished the regular season with the best power play percentage in the Eastern Conference.
On the other end, the Marlies killed all five penalties in the contest and have allowed just one power play goal in the series.
The Marlies will look forward to picking up home-ice advantage through the rest of the series, as well. They finished the regular season with a 24-11-3-0 record at home, while the Devils went 17-19-1-1 on the road.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:00 and fans can watch all the action live on Leafs TV and AHL Live. Tune in online by following the Marlies on Twitter and joining the #MarliesLive chat.
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