The ice was tilted in the Marlies favor but a hot goalie and some bad puck luck end the run for the baby Buds. Timashov’s penalty shot was a solid consolation prize, though.
No one really expected the Marlies to challenge for another Calder Cup after losing a fair few regular players to the Maple Leafs after last season. That being said, the emergence of Rasmus Sandin, Mason Marchment, Jeremy Bracco, Timothy Liljegren, and Adam Brooks, caused an exceeding of expectations.
A name not mentioned in that list is Dmytro Timashov, but he really should be based on his elimination game theatrics. You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know a penalty shot was coming, or why it was coming. The announcers had no clue for about fifteen minutes what was happening, but a closed hand on the puck awarded the penalty shot.
The no-move move or the Kucherov dangle. Either way, it was awesome. Timashov kind of quietly puts up points and stays in the background on this Marlies team, but he should be valued as a solid prospect in the team.
Out of Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen, it seems inevitable that one will leave this offseason, and of those two I believe Kapanen will go. Playing the opposite wing, Timashov wouldn’t be a player-for-player replacement but could bring replace the offensive upside Kapanen currently possesses.
Offseason moves aside, Timashov’s no-move move was awesome and despite the Marlies success, he got one over on goalie Nedeljkovic who stole the game and the series. Silver linings, right?