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Maple Leafs see brighter future after AHL title

Prospects dominate Toronto's Calder Cup-winning roster

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs co-owner Larry Tanenbaum stood at center ice at Ricoh Coliseum on Thursday, smiling and soaking in every precious sight and sound of the euphoric chaos.

Fireworks crackled over his head. Blue-and-white confetti fluttered from the rafters. Toronto had just won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup with a 6-1 victory against Texas, becoming the first men's professional hockey team representing the city to claim a championship since the 1967 Maple Leafs hoisted the Stanley Cup. 

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Marlies win first Calder Cup title, defeat Stars in Game 7

Johnsson, Marchment each scores two goals for AHL champions

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The Toronto Marlies won the Calder Cup for the first time with a 6-1 victory against the Texas Stars in Game 7 of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Thursday.

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Stars, Marlies to play Game 7 of Calder Cup Finals

Will decide AHL championship in Toronto

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies will decide the American Hockey League championship in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Finals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN2).

It is the first Game 7 in the Finals since 2003, and the second since 1996.

"We have an opportunity now again to play in a one-game shot on home ice for a championship," Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said after losing Game 6 5-2 on Tuesday. "So we have to turn the page, recognize what didn't go well for us and why it didn't go well for us tonight. We will talk more about that tomorrow, but most importantly we just wanted to get our team's mindset right to recognize that we have got a great opportunity that we should be excited for."

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Prospects raise NHL stock with Calder Cup performances

McKenzie, L'Esperance among top players in American Hockey League playoffs

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Calder Cup Finals are going to Game 7 for the first time in 15 seasons.

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Stars extend Calder Cup Finals with Game 6 win against Marlies

Score three goals in second period to create rare deciding game

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The Texas Stars extended the Calder Cup Finals with a 5-2 win against the Toronto Marlies in Game 6 at Ricoh Coliseum on Tuesday.

Game 7 of the American Hockey League championship series will be Thursday at Toronto (7 p.m. ET; NHLN). It will be the first Game 7 in the Finals since 2003, and the second since 1996.

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Dickinson hopes deep AHL playoff run helps growth to full-time Stars spot

Forward can help Texas extend Calder Cup Finals against Toronto to seventh game

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Jason Dickinson and his fellow Dallas Stars prospects will be able to carry their experiences with Texas reaching the Calder Cup Finals with them no matter what happens as they move forward in their hockey careers.

Texas plays at Toronto (Toronto Maple Leafs) in Game 6 of the American Hockey League championship series on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN2). Texas is down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series after a 6-2 home loss in Game 5 on Saturday.

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Marlies defeat Stars in Game 5 of Calder Cup Finals

Score three times in second period, are one win from championship

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The Toronto Marlies are one win from the American Hockey League championship after defeating the Texas Stars 6-2 in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday.

Calle Rosen had two goals, Andreas Johnsson had a goal and two assists, and Garret Sparks made 23 saves for Toronto.

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Maple Leafs prospect getting crash course in AHL playoffs

Sweden native Grundstrom gaining experience in Toronto's successful development program

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The road from the American Hockey League to the Toronto Maple Leafs is a well-worn one, but sometimes it does get bumpy.

A significant portion of the Maple Leafs successful rebuilding project has been their commitment to a draft-and-develop model -- with an emphasis on development.

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Stars even Calder Cup Finals, win Game 4 against Marlies

Break tie with 10:02 left in third period; McKenzie scores twice

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The Texas Stars evened the Calder Cup Finals with a 3-2 win against the Toronto Marlies in Game 4 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday.

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Toronto responding to challenges in AHL playoffs

Leads Texas in Calder Cup Finals after bouncing back on road for Game 3 win

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The American Hockey League's Calder Cup Playoffs is providing its annual finishing touches for players who may soon be off to the NHL.

Toronto (Toronto Maple Leafs) leads Texas (Dallas Stars) 2-1 in the best-of-7 Calder Cup Finals after a 2-1 road win Tuesday. Game 4 is at Texas on Thursday.

Here is a look at storylines on the ice and behind the bench:

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