It wasn’t quite as bad as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ meltdown last week against the Boston Bruins in Game 7, but the Toronto Marlies exited the post-season in heartbreaking fashion themselves tonight. The Marlies will not be making a return to the Calder Cup Finals this year after losing their series to the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2.
Toronto held a 3-1 lead on Tuesday night with under 10 minutes to play before Grand Rapids scored three unanswered goals to pull out a 4-3 victory in regulation. Where have we seen this before? Jan Mursak led the way with a goal and an assist for the Griffins in the third period to complete the comeback.
Despite the loss, the Marlies deserve plenty of credit this year for still having a strong campaign, even though many of the players they relied on in 2011-12 were in the Maple Leafs lineup in 2013. Dallas Eakins has done a great job with that group and developing young talent in general, so it won’t be long before he lands an NHL coaching gig somewhere.