Marlies get revenge in the form of goals in blowout victory


There’s a difference between “setting the tone” and “crossing the line”. The Albany Devils have spent the bulk of this series riding the grey areas in this regard, escalating pushing and shoving to attempts to injure on more than a few occasions. That became most apparent in tonight’s game, but rather than losing control, the Toronto Marlies got their revenge where it hurts the most; the scoresheet. Thanks to a potent powerplay, the blue and white managed to run away with a commanding 7-2 victory to tie the series at two.

Albany actually opened the scoring in this one, as Matt Lorito took advantage of a miscommunication between Justin Holl and newcomer Travis Dermott and set up Blake Pietila for an easy opening goal. A penalty to Viktor Loov tilted the ice to the point that the Devils had an early 6-0 shot advantage. It would be hard to blame anybody for being pessimistic for Toronto’s odds at that point, but when Damon Severson took a double minor for high-sticking Josh Leivo, the game turned around.

Leivo managed to get indirect revenge, picking up the secondary assist on a play that led to Mark Arcobello tying the game on that very powerplay. Before the period could end, the unit struck again; this time, Kasperi Kapanen deked out Scott Wedgewood to put the team ahead while Brian O’Neill sat in the box.

The Marlies came into the second period feeling pumped up, and it showed. With Severson back in the box for another high stick, TJ Brennan ripped a wrist shot into the back of the net to create just the second multi-goal lead for either team in this series. 

The game saw a significant delay a few minutes later when Ben Thomson (not Paul Thompson, as the tweet says) attempted to hit Rich Clune and received a face full of plexiglass instead. This gave the teams significant time to regroup, and unfortunately, Albany’s strategy coming out of the faux-intermission was to send a physical message. Dan Kelly delivered a vicious, dangerous elbow to the head of Andreas Johnson which took both of them out of the game for different reasons. Toronto made what they could out of the ensuing five-minute powerplay as Brendan Leipsic scored to make it 4-1.

Nikita Soshnikov, who was a scratch in Game 3, made his triumphant return to the scoresheet with a minute and a half to go in the period, sniping the puck past an unprepared Wedgewood. The Devils netminder didn’t return for the third period, giving Yann Danis his first taste of action in these playoffs. It didn’t go very well, as Soshnikov felt the need to score on him as well a minute and a half into the third period. The rest of the game wasn’t much to write home about; Connor Brown picked up a breakaway goal at the midway point of the third, and Graham Black grabbed a pity tally for his team with 20 seconds to go.

Score Period Team Time Goals Assists
0-1 1st ALB 2:10 B. Pietila (3) M. Lorito, D. Severson
1-1 (PP) 1st TOR 13:17 M. Arcobello (1) C. Brown, J. Leivo
2-1 (PP) 1st TOR 18:48 K. Kapanen (1) Z. Hyman, W. Nylander
3-1 (PP) 2nd TOR 1:05 T. Brennan (5) M. Arcobello, C. Carrick
4-1 (PP) 2nd TOR 14:10 B. Leipsic (1) W. Nylander, S. Carrick
5-1 2nd TOR 18:39 N. Soshnikov (2) C. Carrick, R. Clune
6-1 3rd TOR 1:36 N. Soshnikov (3) B. Smith
7-1 3rd TOR 10:27 C. Brown (4) S. Carrick
7-2 3rd ALB 19:40 G. Black (1) D. Severson

It’s unfortunate that Albany has spent so much of this series putting their opponents at risk with some truly awful hits, which are just a piece of a puzzle that includes a lot of pushing, shoving, hacking, slashing, and just about anything they can do to bring down a talented Marlies roster. It’s not appealing to watch and at times, it’s straight up dangerous.

But you have to give Toronto a lot of credit; while they’ll give a shove back on occasion, they haven’t fallen into the trap of trying to fight a “physical” battle. Tonight, they scored more goals on the Devils than any team has this season, and they chased Wedgewood, who was otherwise playing the best stretch of hockey in his pro career, out of the net. If they go on to win this series, tonight is a definite turning point, if not a perfect encapsulation of Marlies hockey.

Looking ahead, the two teams will play one more game at the Times Union Center before switching cities. That will come on Thursday night at 7:00 PM. It’ll be interesting to see how the two lineups change with tonight’s events considered.

    • Gary Empey

      That’s fine. I think it’s good to post these sort of stats for the fans who are unable to watch the games live. I like your “Cutting edge design” much better.

  • Gary Empey

    good! f you sh*tty devils for those disgusting hits by those reckless goons. that team is an absolute disgrace for how they’ve played in this series. it’s despicable. i hope they take the remainder of the series and destroy them.

  • Gary Empey

    London 6 Niagara 5

    Owen MacDonald scored at 2:58 of overtime as the London Knights came from behind for a 6-5 win over the host IceDogs on Monday in Game 3 of the Ontario Hockey League final.

    Niagara held leads of 4-1 and 5-2 before the Knights surged back for the victory. London leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can claim its third J. Ross Roberston Cup in the past five years.

  • magesticRAGE

    I find it hard to believe that this Leafs management doesn’t have a ‘team toughness’ coach or even a department with all their money and experience. It’s sad to see a little kid get killed like that. Hyman responded with a fight – he immediately dropped the gloves with Kelly and that’s good (that kid is turning into a hell of a player) but, really, there are basic things in hockey that some of the smaller and younger kids coming out of Europe should learn before they are thrown out on the ice with a bunch of N. American goons. It’s one thing to try and avoid physical play and ‘get revenge on the scoresheet’ and quite another to put skilled prospects at this kind of risk. I really hope the kid is not damaged for life like Kozun few years ago.

    • Gary Empey

      I want to agree that guys who make the transition from Europe to North America should get some kind of training to help adapt to the smaller ice (ie: more hits) … but I don’t think there would be any training that could have helped in this case.

      Kelly comes from Johnson’s blind side with his elbow up. There’s nothing Johnson (or any other player in the same circumstance) could have done to prevent this injury.

      • Gary Empey

        Yes you are right. Johnson had to look down and back to take that pass. Kelly could of and should of caught him with a solid legal body check, that would of flattened him.

        Instead of that Kelly chose to nail him in the head in a deliberate attempt to give him a concussion, and knock him right out of the series. Kelly hopes this play is noticed and establishes his path to the NHL.

        Both the NHL and the AHL usually give a one to three game suspension, if anything at all.

    • magesticRAGE

      Hyman actually went to Kelly to give him a piece of his mind on the play, but Kelly dropped his gloves and started throwing first. The refs embarrassed themselves by give Hyman the instigator penalty. At least Hyman didn’t turtle, tried to answer the bell.