PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Ben Scrivens #30 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in warmups prior to the Leafs game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Naturally, I'm pleased with the outcome of the Toronto Marlies game. The Marlies have moved to 3-1 in their series, and the fact that Ben Scrivens had a shutout is the cherry on top. Check out the Game In Six here. There are several recaps of this game available for your perusal today, but I'll feature Jeff Veillette's version from Marlies HQ above the jump:
Tonight’s game was a crucial one, to say the least. Win it, and the Marlies have three swings at locking up the series and advancing to the Calder Cup finals. Lose it, however, and it suddenly becomes a best of three. This was a game of huge importance, and one that they’d have to carry on without Nazem Kadri or Mike Zigomanis. In their place came Colton Orr and Josh Engel, meaning a different dynamic was to come of the team tonight. The shots were few, but the effort was there, and the Marlies walked away victorious, one game closer to a finals berth.
The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils series is probably a more divisive issue amongst Leafs fans, but I count myself among those cheering for ol' Martin Brodeur and the team that underachieved for two full seasons. It's never been clear to me why this group couldn't be among the league's elite teams with all the talent they have, and I guess I'm not as smitten with Henrik Lundqvist as others are. Go underdogs! Check out In Lou We Trust for a good recap.
If I'm not mistaken, if the Devils make it to the Cup Finals, this will be the first time in 30 years that a team seeded 6th or lower in their conference will win it all. Of course, the 1-2-3 rule is partly to blame for the Devils coming in 6th.
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