TORONTO - Magnus Paajarvi's power-play goal late in the first period stood up as the winner as the Chicago Wolves dealt the Toronto Marlies a major blow on Wednesday with a 2-1 win in American Hockey League action.
Toronto entered the contest only two points behind Chicago for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference, but now sit four back with nine games to play in the regular season for both clubs.
"I thought we played well five-on-five but it was our nemesis, special teams, that let us down tonight," said Marlies head coach Gord Dineen. "We created some power plays that put them under siege, we just couldn't take advantage."
Joel Edmundson also scored for the Wolves (35-25-7), who extended their win streak to six games.
Viktor Loov supplied the scoring for the Marlies (32-25-9).
Chicago's Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the win as Christopher Gibson stopped 16-of-18 shots for Toronto.
The Wolves went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Marlies failed to convert on five chances with the man advantage.