March 4, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Jan Mursak (39) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Griffins Rally To Eliminate Marlies

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.

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