Andrew Nielsen scored the game winning goal on a howitzer from the blueline during the Marlies powerplay at 11:33 of the 3rd period. That goal, with Grundstrom providing a screen, was enough to ensure the Marlies a Game 7 back in Syracuse later this week.
Nielsen rips a bomb and Marlies are up 2-1! pic.twitter.com/EmfBhaHaWg
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) May 16, 2017
Kasimir Kaskisuo, named the 1st Star of the game, stopped 27 of 28 put on net, and was again stellar in his ability to follow the puck thru immense traffic in front of his goal. Since becoming the #1 goalie with this team, Kaskisuo continues to show patience and focus during even the most scrambles mess that is in front of the Marlies net. The only goal to beat Kaskisuo on this evening was ANOTHER short handed miscue by the Marlies powerplay unit.
Carl Grundstrom continues his solid play with during his first North American action with the Maple Leafs organization. The 6’0 195 pound winger, now has 4 points in the 5 games that he has played in. Three of those points have been goals and I am still not sure that Grundstrom didn’t tip the Nielsen point shot on the game winning goal. Does not matter, he did provide the screen and mayhem in front of the net would be a welcome addition to the Marlies and eventually the big club as this 19 year old continues to grow in skill and maturity. Simply put, the Leafs have a gem with this 2016, 2nd round pick (57th overall).
Another strong effort by the Rychel-Findlay-Clune line that established a forecheck and a down low presence when given the opportunity. In a tight game they aren’t going to see much ice, so they will have to take advantage of what they do get. Tonite, they did just that.
The Toronto Marlies/Maple Leafs fans got a scare when Kasperi Kapanen blocked a shot in the 2nd period off of the outside of his foot. After staying down on the ice for a few minutes, Kapanen headed to the dressing room early, but did manage to re-appear for the third period.
This game also marked the return of Jake Dotchin, after serving his three game suspension for mugging and injuring Frederik Gauthier. Fans booed the Crunch player each time he touched the puck this evening, but for the most part he was ineffective and insignificant.
With the massive 2-1 victory the Marlies stave off elimination and will now head back to Syracuse for Game 7, Wednesday evening at 7pm.
Each game in the series has been won by the home team, the Marlies are hoping to buck that trend back in Syracuse.
Next Game: Wednesday May 17th @Syracuse (7pm start)
Photo Creds: Christian Bonin @ChrisTSGphoto