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 of the utmost importance.
The Marlies look to let it go Saturday and rebound against the Griffins as game two is set for 3pm at Ricoh Coliseum. Here’s what you should know ahead of the game:
- Toronto dropped game one of the conference semifinals last season and responded with four straight victories over Abbotsford
- This is the first meeting between the Marlies and Griffins in the post-season since Toronto’s inaugural season in 2006, Grand Rapids took the series in five games
- December 27th, 2009, was the last time the Marlies lost by seven goals (also a 7-0 loss) – Greg Scott is the only remaining player from that
- For Grand Rapids, it was the second straight 7-0 victory as they closed out the first round over Houston by the same margin
- Head Coach Dallas Eakins expects to go back to Drew MacIntyre in game two, despite the netminder being relieved of duty in period three of game one
- Tune into all the action starting at 3pm on Rogers TV channel 10 in the GTA and 369 to Rogers Digital subscribers throughout Ontario
As always, for lineup news and notes find me on twitter (@chansler) as they’ll be released a little closer to puck drop.
EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP
IN GOAL: #34 Drew MacIntyre
Ashton – Zigomanis – Scott
D’Amigo – McKegg – Leivo
Acton – Connolly – Lasch
Broll – Carrick – Ryan
Ranger – Holzer
Marshall – Komisarek
Rielly – Mottau