Justin Holl scored at 6:39 of the third overtime period on a shot from the point to clinch the series over the Albany Devils, three games to one. In an epic back and forth match the Toronto Marlies peppered 60 shots at the Devils and MacKenzie Blackwood. Equal to the task in between the pipes was starting Marlies Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo who stopped 30 of 31.
Opening the scoring in the game way back in the first period was Travis Dermott, with a great shot as he walked in from the point. Dermott now has 4 points in 4 games during this Calder Cup Playoffs (1g 3a) and continues to show that he might be the most NHL ready of the blueline corps. Andrew Nielsen has improved his skating and looks to be not far behind if a rookie was to make the Leafs opening lineup for next year.
The Devils tied the game by scoring in the second period on an opportunity that came as the seas parted and allowed Camper to walk in all alone and beat Kaskisuo.
Those two goals was it for regulation. And the next two and half overtime periods.
Justin Holl decided that this game needed to end. A point shot through a bunch of bodies in front of Blackwood, sent the Marlies faithful into a frenzy and the Marlies onto the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
This game was the longest in Marlies franchise history, and was amazing to see how man fans stuck around to cheer on their hometown heroes.
The major win didn’t come without some cost to the Marlies however. The team lost forward Kasperi Kapanen for the game, and we shall see how much longer after this elbow to the head by Seth Helgeson.
Seth Helgeson elbowed Kapanen in the head. Kasperi had to leave the game. pic.twitter.com/LXvfdMGnbI
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 29, 2017
Coach Speaks Post Game.
Next up for the Marlies are the Syracuse Crunch, which starts on the May 5-6 Weekend in Syracuse.
Photo Creds: Christian Bonin @ChrisTSGphoto