TORONTO MARLIES (2) vs. UTICA COMETS (5)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018
Toronto: C. Rosén (1) PP (T. Moore, B. Smith), C. Greening (2) SH (M. Aaltonen, M. Marincin)
Goaltender: G. Sparks (4/7), C. Pickard (19/20)
Utica: R. Boucher (1) PP (D. Blujus, N. Goldobin), W. Hamilton (1) (M. Carcone, J. Dahlen), C. Cassels (1) (Unassisted), T. Motte (1)
Goaltender: T. Demko (35/37)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Calle Rosén scored on the power play at 10:29 of the third period. Rosén has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in three games this series.
- Colin Greening scored shorthanded at 16:09 of the third period. Greening has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in three games this series.
- Trevor Moore recorded the primary assist on Rosén’s third period power play goal. Moore has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in three games this series.
- Ben Smith registered the secondary assist on Rosén’s third period power play goal. Smith has three assists in three games this series.
- Miro Aaltonen had the primary assist on Greening’s shorthanded third period goal. Aaltonen’s assist was his first point of the series.
- Martin Marincin recorded the secondary assist on Greening’s shorthanded third period goal. Marincin has three assists in three games this series.
- Garret Sparks stopped 4 of 7 shots he faced before leaving the game at 13:59 of the first period. Sparks is now 2-1 in the playoffs with a .894 Save Percentage and a 2.77 Goals Against Average. Calvin Pickard replaced Sparks in his first playoff appearance, stopping 19 of 20 shots he faced. Pickard now has a .950 Save Percentage and a 1.34 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 37-28 edge in shots in all situations.
- Calle Rosén led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: C. Greening (2)
- Assists: M. Marincin, B. Smith (3)
- Points: C. Greening, M. Marincin, T. Moore, B. Smith, D. Timashov (3)
- PPG: C. Mueller, C. Rosén. Timashov (1)
- Shots: C. Mueller (14)
- +/-: M. Marincin (+4)
- PIMS: M. Marchment (6)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
I thought we were playing a fine game, we just made some terrible mistakes and they ended up in our net. Obviously, they scored right away on their one power play they had early and that’s fine but we let it snowball with two just terrible plays that we haven’t really made all series. That’s not a good way to start playing on the road. Ultimately, that was just too big a hole for us. We had plenty of chances. We were all over the net. Their goaltender was outstanding. It just was pretty clear it just wasn’t going to be our night tonight
On the power play:
I didn’t like (the power play), obviously … We got a big one (power play goal) in the third period. A little bit too late for that one, we could have used a big one in the first period when we had our chance there. That continues to be an issue for us, especially it gets compounded when they score on their power play chance. All in all, it wasn’t our night here tonight. Credit to them, they played a great game here on home ice. We’ve got to regroup and get ourselves together here and put together a good road effort on Friday.
On keeping perspective after the loss:
It’s huge. We gave up three goals early and it’s always tough to come back in a playoff series against a team that’s got their backs against the wall, playing in front of their home crowd. It’s 2-1, we still have the lead. We’re one win away here. We’ve got a big game Friday. We’re excited to come back Friday with another chance to end the series.
April 27 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
*April 29 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET