Nyquist's two goals, shootout goal lead Griffins past Marlies

The Canadian Press
10/21/2012 6:30:32 PM
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TORONTO -- Gustav Nyquist had two goals in regulation and scored in the shootout as the Grand Rapids Griffins beat the host Toronto Marlies 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in American Hockey League action.

Tomas Jurco and Brendan Smith also scored for the Griffins in the shootout while all three shooters for the Marlies missed their opportunities.

Leo Komarov, Mike Kostka and Korbinian Holzer scored for Toronto (2-2-1).

Tomas Tatar had the other regulation goal for Grand Rapids (1-2-1), who picked up its first win of the season.

Tom McCollum stopped 21 shots for the win as Jussi Rynnas made 29 saves in a losing cause.

The Griffins went 2-for-6 on the power play while the Marlies failed to score on six chances with the man advantage.

Komarov's goal at 17:36 of the first period was the only goal of the opening 20 minutes. He started thr rush on at his own blue-line and after sending a cross-ice pass to Joe Colborne he pushed up ice and was in perfect position to fire it home when Colborne returned the puck.

Kostka gave Toronto a temporary two-goal lead almost five minutes into the second. He took a pass from Kenny Ryan at the blue-line, skated towards the middle of the ice and let his shot go. The puck eluded McCollum, who couldn't see through the traffic in front of his net.

Grand Rapids got their first of two power-play goals in the second when Nyquist took a pass just inside the right face-off circle from Tatar. With plenty of space to work in, Nyquist stepped into the slot and snapped a quick shot past Rynnas to reduce the deficit to one.

Toronto restored its two-goal advantage largely thanks to getting traffic in front of McCollom. At 11:13 of the second, Holzer blasted a shot from the point that deflected off a Griffins' skater in front and past a helpless McCollum, who didn't seem to see it.

The Griffins made it 3-2 at 16:27 when Tatar took a pass from Chad Billins, spun to his backhand and went high to beat Rynnas on his glove side.

Grand Rapids tied the game in the third when Nyquist scored off a rebound.

Grand Rapids Griffins (Photo: TSN)


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