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Deschamps has goal, two assists to lead Marlies to 4-2 win over Bulldogs

Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 5:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Deschamps has goal, two assists to lead Marlies to 4-2 win over Bulldogs

TORONTO - Nicolas Deschamps had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Marlies rallied for a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in AHL action Saturday.

Deschamps scored his sixth goal of the season at 3:45 of the third period to put Toronto ahead 3-2. He led the rush on the right side and went cross-ice to Mike Mottau before heading to the net.

Mottau then sent a pass back across to Deschamps, who tapped the puck into the net and jumped up against the end glass in celebration.

Hamilton had taken a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Zack Stortini and Gabriel Dumont before Carter Ashton and Simon Gysbers tied it.

Spencer Abbott scored Toronto’s insurance goal at 12:32 of the third as the Marlies earned their first win in four games.

Jussi Rynnas made 26 saves for Toronto (24-14-4) while Robert Mayer stopped 29 shots for Hamilton (14-23-6).

Hamilton opened the scoring at 7:22 of the first when Stefan Chaput fed a low pass from the left corner to an open Stortini on right outside the crease. He scored on a shot that went between Rynnas's legs.

Just 11 seconds later, Marlies defenceman Jesse Blacker couldn't handle a pass behind the goal. The puck bounced to Dumont, who scored easily with a high shot.

Ashton capped a Marlies breakout when he circled around the Hamilton net from left to right and beat Mayer on the wraparound.

Toronto tied it on the power play when Gysbers took a pass from Deschamps and beat Mayer to the glove side.

NOTES — Wednesday’s game between the two clubs was originally to begin at 11 a.m. as a special school day game but will be played at 7 p.m. due to the ongoing dispute between Ontario teachers and the provincial government . . . The announced attendance was 7,209.

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