Toronto Marlies Vs Providence Bruins
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Toronto: C. Greening (V. LoVerde, D. Timashov), M. Marchment (C. Rosen, T. Liljegren), A. Johnsson PP (C. Mueller, B. Smith), B. Smith PP (C. Mueller, C. Rosen)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (23/26)
Providence: C. Cave (A. Blidh, C. Breen), C. Cave (A. Blidh, Z. Senyshyn), K. Agostino PP (A. Czarnik, P. Postma)
Goaltender: Z. McIntyre (34/38)
FROM THE SCOREBOARD
The Marlies booked a ticket to their seventh straight postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Providence Bruins on Saturday.
Kyle Baun opened the scoring for the Marlies early after crashing the net and deflecting the puck past Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre. Initially ruled a goal on the ice, the call was overturned after a conference among the officials.
That didn’t stop the Marlies though. Minutes later, Colin Greening found the back of the net, scoring his 14th of the season to put the Marlies up 1-0. Vincent LoVerde and Dmytro Timashov had assists on the goal.
Mason Marchment extended the Marlies lead, just over four minutes into the second period, by gloving a puck out of the air, and firing it on net for his ninth of the season. Calle Rosen and Timothy Liljegren had the assists on the goal.
Providence answered back with a pair of goals by Colby Cave with less than a minute between the two.
With just 15 seconds to play in the second, Andreas Johnsson netted a power play goal to regain the lead for Toronto. The goal was Johnsson’s 25th of the season. Ben Smith and Chris Mueller earned the assists.
Five minutes into the third, Providence tied the game and the two sides fought throughout the remainder of the period.
The Bruins were sent to the box with 1:05 left to play and Smith wasted little time taking advantage, firing a cross-crease pass that was deflected in by a Providence defender. That goal would prove to be the game winner and gives Smith a Marlies franchise record for most game-winning goals in a single season with eight.
Goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped 23 shots in the victory, his eighteenth of the season.
- Ben Smith’s game winner was his eighth game-winning goal of the season which sets a new Marlies franchise record for game-winning goals in a season. him for the Marlies franchise record. He also had the secondary assist on Johnsson’s second period power play goal. Smith has a point (3 goals, 7 assists) in his last six games.
- Chris Mueller has recorded 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) on the power play.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 23 of 26 shots. Pickard is now 18-8-0-1 on the season with a .922 Save Percentage and a 2.12 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 38-26 edge in shots in all situations.
- Andreas Johnsson led the Marlies with seven shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-4-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season
- Toronto is 2-0-0-0 against the Providence Bruins
On today’s game after the team’s recent play:
I I don’t know if we ever got too down on ourselves or if we were feeling too sorry for ourselves in terms of needing to turn things around. It’s just the ebbs and flows of the season. I like that we got two points today. I like that we didn’t give up a whole lot in terms of control of the game and shots against, things of that nature. I didn’t like the chances we gave up. I thought we gave up way too much on the rush. It was far too much of a free-flowing hockey game here today, all things we talked about not doing. We like the win, we like the two points but we don’t really like the way that we went about it. So, we’ve got some things to continue to clean up here.
On the development of Bracco, Brooks and Marchment as a line:
I feel like they are starting to gain some confidence. I feel like they are playing better now than they have. Partially because we are giving them more opportunity and partially because they are getting more experience and feeling better about themselves. Our lineup is a little bit different here now especially with Aaltonen on the list of guys that are not with us. I think that the extra skill that those guys can add is important. Goals have been hard to come by for us and they scored a goal today as a line and had a few other chances and that is real positive for us.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe