On Wednesday the Toronto Marlies cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to take a commanding three games to none series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Carl Grundstrom, Andreas Johnsson and Mason Marchment staked the Marlies to a three-goal lead after forty minutes of play. Captain Ben Smith added a pair of power play goals in the third period.
Garret Sparks had a relatively quiet night in net, having to make just 16 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs.
“We’ve got four lines that we just rolled, pretty well the entire night, ” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “When we’ve got four lines like that and everybody’s on the same page and playing with purpose, it doesn’t give the other team much opportunity to get going.”
The Marlies have a chance to sweep the series on Friday night when the two teams resume the series for Game 4, in Allentown, PA.