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Marlies end Griffins' 4-game streak

Toronto splits weekend series with 3-1 win in Grand Rapids

Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 3:15 AM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Marlies end Griffins\' 4-game streak

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins’ four-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to the Toronto Marlies at Van Andel Arena.

Gustav Nyquist scored just 52 seconds into the game, but that is all the Griffins could muster despite being awarded six power play chances and outshooting Toronto 28-24. Much of the credit for the Marlies’ victory went to netminder Jussi Rynnas, who made 27 saves to improve to 5-1-1 with a 1.81 goals against average and a 0.942 save percentage on the season.

After splitting this weekend’s two-game set between division leaders, the Griffins (17-10-1-1) now find themselves tied atop the Midwest with Rockford, while the Marlies (19-9-1-2) maintain a three-point advantage over Abbotsford in the North.

The Griffins were looking good in their bid for a sweep in the opening minute of the contest, when Tomas Tatar slipped a pass to Nyquist at the Toronto line. Nyquist sped down the right side, angled toward the net and ripped a shot over the glove of Rynnas, negating his personal effort to shut out Grand Rapids for a second straight meeting.

Toronto evened the score 4:13 into the second period thanks to a strange turn of events. Tom McCollum headed to the bench for what he believed was a delayed penalty on the Marlies, as he saw the referee’s arm raised and teammate Tatar in possession of the puck. However, the infraction was ultimately called against Triston Grant, so when the Marlies carried the puck through the neutral zone there was no opposition in the Grand Rapids cage, and Carter Ashton threw the puck into the vacated net from the blue line.

Later in the period, Grand Rapids squandered 1:51 worth of a 5-on-3 advantage, a failure that proved more damaging when the Marlies took a 2-1 lead just 44 ticks into the third period. From the left corner, Spencer Abbott centered a pass to Ryan Hamilton, who beat McCollum top shelf from the slot.

Hamilton tallied his second goal in an empty net with 29 seconds remaining for the final margin.

McCollum, who helped deny Toronto on its three power play opportunities, finished with 21 saves.

The Griffins will close out 2012 on Monday when they host Rockford for their 16th annual New Year's Eve celebration. The game will feature a special 6 p.m. start.

THREE STARS: 1. TOR Hamilton (two goals); 2. TOR Rynnas (W, 27 saves); 3. GR Nyquist (goal)

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80