Toronto Marlies kill comeback, beat Bruins 4-3 in regulation and clinch a playoff spot

Toronto Marlies kill comeback, beat Bruins 4-3 in regulation and clinch a playoff spot
P-Bruins lose at Toronto in matinee showdown
The Marlies came out flying to start the game, let the Bruins come all the way back, but unlike five years ago didnt break, winning 4-3 in regulation sending the blue and white to the second round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers. Sorry, got a little carried away at the end there. Ben Smith netted the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the game on the power play. Calle Rosen had one of his best all-around games, notching two assists, three shots, and playing well defensively. Andreas Johnsson had seven shots in the win, as one does.

As expected, a swath of Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins fans (whose team played the Toronto Maple Leafs later that night) littered the stands of Ricoh Coliseum. One such example is the family below of two clear generations. The gentleman is repping Sidney Crosby while the kids try on the new hotness: Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly.

P-Bruins lose at Toronto in matinee showdown

Martin Marincin – Justin Holl (who is still wearing a full-face shield)

Ben Smith scores late winner as AHL Marlies defeat Bruins 4-3

Calvin Pickard gets his 26th start of the season, continuing the rotation with Garret Sparks. The two goalies have been stellar for the Marlies this season. Sparks and Pickard post the 2nd and 6th best save percentages in the AHL, as well as the 1st and 4th best GAAs in the league.

On the other end, Zane McIntyre (no relation to Drew MacIntyre) gets the start for Providence, he has a cool .914 save percentage this season, 18th in the league.

Kyle Baun takes a tripping penalty on the back end of his first shift. A minute into the power play, Colin Greening persuades Zach Senyshyn into his own zone with a few slashes and gets called for it. Marlies have to kill a whole minute of 5v3. The PK group of Freddy the Goat, Martin Marincin, and Justin Holl kill off the 5v3. Andreas Johnsson, Ben Smith, Calle Rosen, and Vincent LoVerde kill the remaining minute of 5v4.

Yes, you heard that right, the Marlies are teaching rookie Calle Rosen to kill penalties. Johnsson has been doing it all season with the rest being old hats at the skill.

The Marlies appear to score after a scramble in front, but it was waved off due to goalie interference. Goalie McIntyre was irate at the play, and frankly, he was justified. He was clearly pushed down and into the net with the puck going over him.

The Marlies dont let the goalie interference call get them down as on the next shift, Colin Greening puts the guys in blue up one for real. Dmytro Timashov executed a quick zone entry before dropping the puck to a rushing Vincent LoVerde. LoVerde rang the puck around the boards for Greening to grab at the other end. Greening throws the puck at McIntyre and it squeaks by and into the net. Thank you, Hockey Gods.

TORONTO — Ben Smith scored the go-ahead goal 19:10 into the third period to lift the Toronto Marlies to a 4-3 win over the Providence Bruins on Saturday in American Hockey League action.

Colin Greening, Mason Marchment and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto (41-16-2).

Colby Cave led the Bruins (36-20-5) with two goals. Kenny Agostino had the other.

Marlies goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped 23 shots. Providences Zane McIntyre made 34 saves.

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