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Marlies extend winning streak to four with win over Senators

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The Canadian Press
2/26/2014 1:53:21 PM
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TORONTO -- After missing over three weeks with an infected left foot, Peter Holland finally feels like he's getting back to game shape.

Holland setup two goals, including the game winner, as the Toronto Marlies extended their win streak to four games with a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Senators in American Hockey League action Wednesday.

It was Holland's first two assists since he was re-assigned to the Marlies by the Maple Leafs last Saturday.

"Obviously with a month off there, not playing or practising was pretty tough," said Holland. "Getting back in the first game, timing was a little off, I felt a little better today, in the second one.

"(The foot) was very infected and I was in the hospital for about four or five days in a row having an IV and antibiotics. (I was) on crutches for a couple days."

Mike Duco scored the winner, giving the Marlies a 3-1 lead at 7:18 of the second by putting a rebound off a Holland shot past Nathan Lawson while crashing into the Senators goalie.

"I knew (Duco) was driving the net, the goalie looked like he was cheating over a little bit to the short side, I didn't know if my shot was maybe going to beat him," said Holland of the play. "But I knew Duco was going to be there if he kicked out the rebound."

Josh Leivo added an empty netter with 14 seconds remaining in the third. Jerry D'Amigo and Kenny Ryan had the other goals for the Marlies (32-17-4).

Matt Puempel and Mark Stone scored for the Senators (33-17-4).

Drew MacIntyre made 34 saves for his 24th win of the season while Lawson made 26 saves in the loss.

After Ryan opened the scoring late in the first, the two teams combined for four second-period goals.

D'Amigo gave Toronto a 2-0 lead 46 seconds in on a power play, beating Lawson blocker-side from the faceoff dot for his 15th of the season. D'Amigo now has eight goals and three assists in nine games this month.

The Senators got on the board 33 seconds later as Puempel one-timed a Stone feed past MacIntyre for his 20th of the season.

After Duco gave the Marlies a 3-1 lead, Binghamton pulled to within one before the second was over as Stone tapped in a Puempel feed on a two-man advantage for his 13th of the season.

"We took some penalties that were uncharacteristic of us," said Marlies head coach Steve Spott. "The No. 1 criteria or No. 1 goal on our board today was not to take penalties against this team and we did. We paid for it. We allowed them to stay around."

Ryan opened the scoring with 14 seconds remaining in the first taking a feed from D'Amigo and beating Lawson glove-side for his third of the season. Ryan now has a goal and three assists in two games.

The second, and final meeting, between the two teams goes April 16 in Binghamton.

Following the game, Spott had a lengthy meeting with the Maple Leafs brass, including General Manager, Dave Nonis. With Dave Bolland potentially nearing a return to the Leafs lineup, Spott is expecting bodies to fall to his club.

"It depends, they're going to have some roster spots that are going to have to open up," Spott said. "David Bolland seems to be coming back in the near future. Hopefully that will have some sort of an affect with the Marlies. We'll have to see how that all plays out."

Notes: Toronto goalie Christopher Gibson (back) and forward Sam Carrick (upper body) both received medical clearance and will be available to the team Saturday when the Marlies host the Hamilton Bulldogs. If Gibson returns, Garret Sparks will likely be reassigned to the ECHL.

Toronto Marlies (Photo: TSN.ca)

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