TORONTO MARLIES (6) vs. LAVAL ROCKET (4)
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Laval: J. Gregoire (12) (G. McFadden, T. Owens), A. Beauregard (1) (Unassisted), J. Boucher (10) (M. Eisenschmid, R. Valiev), A. Cracknell (29) (C. Terry)
Goaltender: M. McNiven (31/36)
Toronto: K. Pospisil (1) (B. Ferguson, A. Nielsen), M. Aaltonen (19) (C. Grundström), D. Timashov (13) (D. Plouffe, A. Nielsen), E. Bradford (1) (K. Pospisil, B. Ferguson), M. Aaltonen (20) (T. Moore, C. Grundström), T. Moore (12) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (26/30)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Kristian Pospisil scored his first American Hockey League-career goal at 7:25 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Bradford’s third period goal in his first game with the Marlies.
- Miro Aaltonen scored his first goal of the game 25 seconds into the second period and added his 20th of the season at 7:04 of the third period. His second goal of the game was his seventh game-winning goal of the season.
- Dmytro Timashov scored at 1:55 of the third period. Timashov has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last six games.
- Trevor Moore scored the empty net goal unassisted at 17:34 of the third period and earlier added the primary assist on Aaltonen’s second goal. Moore has recorded a point (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last five games.
- Erik Bradford scored his first American Hockey League-career goal at 2:44 of the third period.
- Brady Ferguson recorded the primary assist on Pospisil’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Bradford’s second period goal. Ferguson has three assists in his last four games played with the Marlies this season.
- Andrew Nielsen registered the secondary assists on Pospisil’s first period goal and third period goal. Nielsen has six assists in his last five games.
- Carl Grundström had the lone assist on Aaltonen’s second period goal and the secondary assist on Aaltonen’s third period goal. Grundström has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his first two games with the Marlies this season.
- Derian Plouffe recorded the primary assist on Timashov’s third period goal. Plouffe has three assists in nine games with the Marlies.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 26 of 30 shots. Sparks is now 21-9-1-1 on the season with a .918 Save Percentage and a 2.31 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 37-30 edge in shots in all situations.
- Miro Aaltonen and Carl Grundström led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 38-12-2-1 against North Division opponents this season and 11-1-0-0 against the Laval Rocket. The Marlies outscored the Rocket 52-18 in the series.
- Goals: B. Smith (27)
- Assists: C. Mueller (33)
- Points: B. Smith (59)
- PPG: C. Mueller (7)
- Shots: C. Mueller (160)
- +/-: M. Marincin (+37)
- PIMS: A. Nielsen (139)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On looking towards the playoffs:
Yesterday’s game in particular, I thought was just a really good opportunity to build some momentum and trust within our group and all of those types of things. Now that we have split groups happening, it’s more about remaining competitive but still just getting through the games without having any injuries and using different people. We talked about it after the first period today that we still want to win, we still want to be competitive, we still want to do the things that it takes to win, and we want to be in control of the game. We don’t want to lie down and wait for the buzzer to go. It’s a 76 game schedule so while we are sitting people out and moving people around, our standards and our expectations don’t change
On Calvin Pickard:
Pickard has been outstanding for us just in his play and as a teammate and what he has brought to our game. This is not an easy game for him to come in here and play today. We didn’t decide to play in the first period and they were all over the net and coming hard at him but he battled really hard.
On Carl Grundström’s return and the effect on his linemates:
Well I thought today they were outstanding in the second and third period. The first period wasn’t very good for anyone including that line (Moore-Aaltonen-Grundström). In the second and third period, I thought that line was dominant. They just took over the hockey game, so that was really good to see. I thought the play of Grundström and Moore really brought (Aaltonen) to life today. Frankly, I think that is a Miro we haven’t seen since Johnsson left here. So, getting that little piece of chemistry was helpful and we did want it to come out of this weekend, that’s why we left that line in tact today. So, I was really happy to see that happen.
April 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET