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“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s game.”

The words were spoken by arguably one of the best baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. It’s fitting that he notched his first ever career home run less than a mile from Ricoh Coliseum (don’t believe me, look it up), for members of the Marlies will all be looking to channel their inner bambino to hit another one out of the park in game six. Their season is on the line.

Having split the first two games of the series at Ricoh, […]

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Carter Ashton

It’s all about one game.

If you win one you still have to win another. You have to do it 15 times before you’re given the ultimate prize. But neither Toronto nor Grand Rapids have done that yet. Each of them still have to win the next game. And then the one after.

As long as there’s a game to play there remains the ability to win. And as the Marlies head into a game which holds in the balance the remainder of their season, it will be their ability to win […]

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It’s a seven game series and putting a team away for four games is no simple feat.

Those sentiments were shared by veteran defenceman Mike Komisarek following practice on Thursday, one day ahead of game four. Although he wasn’t part of the Marlies squad that fell in the finals last season, the blue liner knows the feeling all too well. As part of the 2003 Hamilton team, Komisarek advanced to the cup finals. The Bulldogs took the series the distance, but in the end they were shutout in game seven and watched […]

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When significant distance lays between opponents, the American Hockey League may switch the format of the seven game series from the accustomed 2-2-1-1-1 to a modified 2-3-2. In effect cutting out a trip by giving the lower seeded team three at home.

And that’s where we find ourselves today. Grand Rapids returns home having split the first two games in Toronto and the Griffins now have three straight on home soil ahead of them.

This however is not unfamiliar territory for the Marlies. After a long […]

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Matt Frattin, Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri celebrate together - Photo courtesy Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Matt Frattin, Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri celebrate together – Photo courtesy Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

If I had a dollar for every time I was told to look at the bigger picture, I’d be rich.

Especially as the season progresses, it becomes easier and easier to find satisfaction in the now and ever harder to see how all the cogs drive the machine – even the small ones.

This started out as an effort to put into context many of the recent events for […]

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Photo courtesy of Graig Abel / Abel Images

In the face of the Marlies largest ever goal deficit in a playoff loss, the words from their steadying coach was simply ‘live in it for a few minutes and let it go.’ The playoffs are all about one game at a time. One win. One loss.

A blowout victory won’t win a team a series any more than a big loss determines their fate. But rather how a team responds to the ups and downs of the post season, that is what’s […]

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Will Acton

It’s interesting looking around the league and seeing some familiar faces as the playoffs enter the second round. Oklahoma City, the very team Toronto met in the conference finals last season, opened their series with a win Thursday. Syracuse, a transplanted Calder Cup winning Norfolk team, too find themselves in the final eight.

And of course there’s the Marlies. The team with unfinished business, left hanging last season as the runner up, motivated to win it all this time around. In the first season after seeing Grand Rapids leave […]

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Photo courtesy of Graig Abel / Abel Images

Well this seems awfully familiar, doesn’t it? Marlies roll into Rochester, up 2-0 in the series looking to close out strong. The team has seen great performances from their netminder and a bearded gentleman wearing #29 on his sweater while being supported by great numbers at Ricoh Coliseum. Yes, this does seem mighty familiar.

Ahead of game three, here are six things to help get your head in the game:

With two points in game two (1g, 1a), Jerry D’Amigo became the Marlies all-time […]

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Photo courtesy Graig Abel / Abel Images

I’m a huge YouTube nerd. Trust me, sometimes I think my family’s planning an intervention. It’s because of this mild obsession with the online video source (one that I’ve patched right through to my television on numerous occasions) that I get a little giddy over the fact that the Marlies YouTube channel finally has a video that struck the one million mark.

Drew MacIntyre’s spectacular behind-the-back glove save is simply one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. It’d be near impossible to track […]

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Photo courtesy of Graig Abel / Abel Images

Well Saturday was quite the event, now wasn’t it? The Toronto Marlies took a 1-0 lead over the Rochester Americans with a 6-3 win in a game that was tied 3-3 after the second period. As the Marlies look to do it all again and hopefully take a stranglehold of the first round series, here are six things for you to roll around in your noggin ahead of game two:

Drew MacIntyre’s second period save is the single-greatest glove save I have ever […]

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Unfinished Business - Morgan Rielly

Following a trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 2012, which saw the Marlies opponent lift the Calder Cup, members of the Toronto team revisit last season’s journey as they prepare to do it all again this year. Unfinished Business, a Leafs TV special, tells the story of the Toronto Marlies from the moment Norfolk hoisted the cup on June 9th to the final game of the 2012/13 season as told by Korbinian Holzer, Jerry D’Amigo, Morgan Rielly, Dave Poulin and Jon Abbott. Enjoy!

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Photo courtesy Graig Abel / Abel Images

I feel like a modern day Paul Revere clad in a blue and white jersey running around the city proclaiming “the Playoffs are coming!”

Alas, it’s true. The 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs have finally arrived and the Toronto Marlies are set to kick them off the exact same way they did last year – a first round meeting with Rochester.

Here are six things to keep in mind ahead of today’s game:

The last two seasons have seen the Marlies meet the Amerks 23 times (20 […]

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Photo courtesy of Graig Abel / Abel Photography

Seventy-five down, one to go.

The Marlies are guaranteed the second spot in the West regardless of how this game ends. With no disrespect to past teams, the rosters of the past two playoff-bound Marlies squads have been arguably the best since the club left St. John’s. Fitting that they close out the season against the IceCaps.

Ahead of the final contest of the regular season, here are six things to thing about:

Marlies have collected 86 wins in 151 games (two seasons) heading into […]

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Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo.

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo.

The Toronto Blue Jays have coined the hashtag that perfectly reflects my feelings for the Toronto Marlies right now. #LoveThisTeam

Toronto’s AHL club returns home after a game in Rochester that was much closer than the scoresheet shows. The Marlies are the North Division Champions for the second straight season. Despite adversity of all shapes and sizes, the facts read that the Marlies are heading to the playoffs with plenty of unfinished business left over from last year’s heartbreak in the finals.

Here are […]

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Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Playoffs or not (but let’s be honest, there will be playoffs), this marks the final three-in-three of the season. Thank goodness.

The Marlies are in Rochester for Friday’s game against the Americans, their last against both a divisional and conference opponent. Saturday and Sunday will be played at home to close out the season against cross-conference rival, St. John’s. Here are six things to chew on ahead of puck drop:

A win Friday will mean the Marlies clinch their second straight North Division title, […]

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Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

With four games to go in the regular season and playoffs looming, Tuesday’s matchup between the Marlies and Barons brings back memories of the 2012 Western Conference Finals. Oddly enough though, as they way things stand at the moment, it may better reflect the opening round of the 2013 post-season.

Toronto sits in second and although a run for the top spot is possible, eyes right now are on fending off the Griffins only one point behind. Oklahoma City sits seventh. The Barons […]

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Photo courtesy Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

There you have it. Following Chicago’s loss on Friday night, the Marlies now know they have one of the eight Western Conference tickets allowing entry into the post-season gala. Now all that’s left to be decided is in which spot they’ll be slotted and if it will guarantee home ice advantage.

Marlies presently hold the conference’s second place. With a game in hand on first place Texas, a win against Abbotsford in their final duel this season will go a long way. Here are […]

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Photo courtesy Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Do I spoil the surprise now, or do I wait to include it in one of my six points to think about? That is the question.

Oh what the heck. Why not?

The Toronto Marlies could clinch a playoff berth with a win against Abbotsford. Exciting, isn’t it? With only six games remaining in the regular season, the post-season seems to be within arms reach. The Heat however have the happy job of playing spoiler. Already eliminated from playoff contention, each win garnered by the […]

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Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Saturday’s win over the St. John’s IceCaps give the Marlies 89 points on the season. Although the Texas Stars have a game in hand over Toronto, they’re both tied for the conference’s top spot.

Of the 19 Marlies that touched the ice, nine of them were rookies. Pretty fancy, huh? Rookie goalie, rookie defencemen, and even an all-rookie forward line.

And the rookies put on a show. Check it for yourself.

Stuart Percy: Second AHL Regular Season Game

Garret Sparks: First AHL Game

Spencer Abbott: Three AHL Regular […]

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Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Seven games and counting. The end of the regular season is just weeks away. With a win in St. John’s on Friday night, the Marlies are poised for a decent end-of-season ranking – but they’re not out of the woods yet. Not a single Western Conference team has yet to clinch a playoff spot, Marlies included, so their focus is on another win Saturday against the IceCaps. Here are six things to roll around in your mind ahead of puck drop:

I’m not […]

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