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Grand Rapids Griffins rally to beat Toronto Marlies 5-4 @NHL

TORONTO - Anton Stralman and Andre Deveaux each scored two goals for the Marlies, but the Grand Rapids Griffins hung on in a back-and-forth affair to edge Toronto 5-4 in AHL play Sunday.

Stralman, who had a goal and three assists in Saturday's 7-1 win over Hamilton, has posted three of his six total goals this season in the Marlies' last two contests.

Jiri Tlusty contributed a pair of assists for Toronto.

Special teams played a huge role for both teams as six of the game's nine goals came on power plays.

Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winner with just over eight minutes remaining in the third, banging home a rebound from close in. It was the Griffins' third power-play marker on three chances. They ended the day three-for-four with the man advantage, while the Marlies were three-for-eight.

Ryan Oulahen had two goals and an assist for Grand Rapids, while Darren Haydar and Garrett Stafford each had three helpers.

Evan McGrath had a goal and an assist, while Francis Pare got the other Griffins marker.

The Griffins, who trailed 4-3 entering the third, didn't waste any time tying things up in the final frame as Oulahen hammered home his second of the game, completing a pass from Haydar.

The Marlies had one final power play with just over a minute to go, but couldn't connect.

Toronto starter Justin Pogge was pulled in favour of Adam Munro after allowing a soft goal that made it 3-1 for Grand Rapids less than four minutes into the second period. Pare's shot from a sharp angle squeezed through Pogge's pads and into the net.

That came just 1:24 after McGrath had made it 2-1 for the Griffins with a power-play goal he banged home on a rebound from the lip of the crease.

While the goalie change may have done something to spark the Marlies, Grand Rapids' lack of discipline allowed Toronto back in the game, played in front of 5,676 fans at the Ricoh Coliseum.

Both of Stralman's goals came on power plays, the first of which occurred roughly one minute after Munro entered the game. Stralman's first marker came after he cranked a high shot from the left point over Larrson's glove. Then, with his team enjoying a five-on-three power play mid-way through the period, Stralman hammered a one-timer home, this time from the right point.

Deveaux put the Marlies ahead with just 1:30 left in the period after Toronto was handed another man advantage. Like his first goal, Deveaux's second tally came as a result of him driving hard to the net. Alex Foster's shot was turned aside by Larsson, but Deveaux crashed the crease party and knocked home the rebound.

Munro, who failed in his bid to win a fifth straight game, made some quality saves upon entering the game, including a point-blank stop on Jan Mursak from very close in on a one-timer.

Deveaux's first goal, which tied the game 1-1 late in the first, occurred when Larsson kicked out a shot fired by Jeremy Williams. The rebound hit Deveaux's shin pads and bounced into the open goal.

Notes: Toronto centre Kris Newbury will miss the remainder of the season after having shoulder surgery. . . . Tlusty remains hot for the Marlies, netting three goals and five assists for eight points over his last four games.

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