ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Nazem Kadri helped ensure the Toronto Marlies' return to St. John's was a successful one.
Kadri had two goals and two assists and set up Jeff Finger's overtime goal as the Marlies won their fifth straight game, beating the St. John's IceCaps 4-3 in American Hockey League action Friday.
"He's really crafty out there, and he sees the ice really well," IceCaps defenceman Travis Ramsay said of Kadri. "He makes things happen, and it was evident on the power play and in the overtime. You don't want to take too much focus on him, but when he's out there it's definitely good to be aware of him."
The game began with a long chorus of boos for the Marlies, who used to play out of St. John's as the Maple Leafs before moving to Toronto. Despite the reaction, the crowd at Mile One arena was dotted with some old St. John's Maple Leafs jerseys.
Ramsey said there was an extra amout of hype for this game.
"You hear about it around town, and you get that feeling from the fans and people you meet on the street,"Ramsay said. "We're not really too familiar with it, but we want to do something for the fans there, they have some emotion invested in it. It's a special kind of game playing them and we felt that and we know that."
Josh Engel also scored for Toronto.
Local forward Jason King, Jason DeSantis and Ramsay replied for St. John's.
The IceCaps (12-3-4) took a first-period lead with a goal from King, who took the puck over the blue-line and buried a wrist shot off the crossbar.
Toronto (11-5-3) used a solid power play to work themselves back into the game. Engel hopped on a juicy rebound and beat IceCaps starter Peter Mannino to tie the game 1-1.
IceCaps defenceman DeSantis scored his fourth goal of the season, in only 10 games played, by wiring a slap shot past Marlies' starter Mark Owuya.
Owuya had an impressive 1.51 goals against average and .944 save percentage coming into the game.
The Marlies came out of the dressing room energized for the second period. Kadri scored his first of the game from a wrist shot in the slot, then had another deflect in off of IceCaps defenceman Zach Redmond's skate.
Travis Ramsey tied the game 3-3 in the third period after a blocked shot found its way to his stick. Ramsey put the puck over Owuya, marking the third time the goaltender was beat high in the game.
Both goaltenders made 29 saves.
St. John's was 1-for-5 on the power play, while Toronto was 2-for-4.
St. John's faces off against Toronto again Saturday night at 7:30.