Chicago Wolves Make Toronto Marlies Pay for Bad Penalties in AHL Playoffs

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IMay 21, 2008

The Chicago Wolves have outscored the Toronto Marlies 13-2 in the first three games of the AHL Western Conference Finals, and a big reason for that is the Wolves' power play.

They have scored six times on 25 power play chances this series and lead the AHL with a 22.5% conversion rate in the postseason.

They're even better on the road, converting 27.1% of the time away from the Allstate Arena.

The Marlies are giving the Wolves plenty of practice on the power play by taking numerous bad penalties, and in Game 3, the Wolves made Toronto pay, by going 4-10 on the power play in the Wolves 4-1 win.

In the series thus far, Toronto has been whistled for 10 more infractions and a total of 36 more penalty minutes. 

Most of those penalties have been of the undisciplined variety, including several in Game 3 where a Toronto player slashed the stick out of the hands of a Chicago player.

If Toronto is to get back in this series, they will have to keep their composure and force the Wolves potent offense to score at even strength.

However, if the Marlies keep blazing their trail to the penalty box, Chicago's power play will make the Marlies pay.

Toronto has no margin for error now, with the Wolves holding a commanding three game lead in the series.  To get back in this, they must stay out of the penalty box.


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