For all of the talk that the Toronto Marlies don’t have many players that will make a big impact with the Toronto Maple Leafs, they are certainly making an impact in the AHL playoffs.
The Marlies defeated the Texas Stars 5-1 last night to take a 1-0 series lead in the AHL’s Western Conference Finals. With the win, the Marlies remained unbeaten in the playoffs with sweeps of the Milwaukee Admirals and the Chicago Wolves.
Peter Holland, T.J. Brennan, Brandon Kozun, Sam Carrick and Jerred Smithson scored for the Marlies. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre was excellent in net as he kept the Leafs in the game until they could erupt offensively after being off for more than a week.
The Stars, the farm team of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, were the AHL’s regular season champions with a record of 48-18-10 for a total of 106 points. Sweeping the Stars shouldn’t be easy, but the way the Marlies played last night, it would not be surprising if that was the result.
The Marlies are getting contributions from nearly everyone on the roster. Jerry D’Amigo, a player who more than likely will be a full-time Maple Leaf next season, is the active points leader in the playoffs with 12 points.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team that will be looking to improve quickly. If the Marlies keep playing like they are, maybe more than just one or two Marlies will be Leafs next season.