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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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