I don’t know how anyone can explain getting outshot in two straight games by more than double but the Toronto Marlies hockey team did it, and it cost them their first loss of the American Hockey League playoffs.
They were close to their first playoff loss on May 14 when they had to go into overtime to beat the Chicago Wolves.
I don’t know if it’s a good thing that they (finally) lost a game, they have been tearing it up like crazy over the past two rounds of AHL playoffs, they swept both the Milwaukee Admirals and Chicago Wolves. I haven’t seen the shots record for either team in either series, but the locals won eight straight games. Now they find themselves in the Conference finals where they have to get past the Texas Stars.
The last time I saw a sports event featuring Toronto vs Texas, I was watching MLB, this will take some getting used to. I didn’t even know Texas had an AHL franchise until this season.
I thought about it a bit before I went to bed last night, about all of those nights when the Toronto Maple Leafs were embarrassed because of the amount of SOG they allowed (almost every friggin’ night), yet they actually won a lot of them.
I don’t recall too many that were this bad though. Apparently Texas outshot them 102-49 or something like that over the opening two games of their AHL semi final series.
The Marlies obviously have a stacked team, there was hope not too long ago that their then-coach Dallas Eakins might be promoted to take over with the Maple Leafs after Ron Wilson was told to go find another job; the Marlies haven’t had any problem scoring goals and cannot rely on Jerry D’Amigo is just racking up points out there. He’s now up to 5 goals and 13 points in nine games.
The Marlies playoff “lead or tie” streak lasted 512:05, ending with the first Glennie goal. It was their first time trailing since Josh Leivo tied the April 19th game against Rochester at 5:32 into the third period.
Game 3 Marlies vs Stars Wednesday, May 28 7pm $5 beer night
Game 4 Marlies vs Stars Thursday, May 29 7pm $5 beer night
AHL PLAYOFF UNBEATEN STREAKS
-Toronto is the ninth team in AHL history to begin a playoff run with eight straight wins. This is something you do not see much in the NHL these days.
-This year, the Marlies went 8-0 before losing 6-3 in Texas
-Last year the Syracuse Crunch went 8-0 before losing in the Finals.
-In 2006 the Hershey Bears went 10-0 and won the Calder Cup (in Hamilton of all places).
-In 1996, the Rochester Americans went 9-0 and won the Calder Cup.