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Rynnas still dominant as Marlies shut out Barons 2-0; Zigomanis scores twice @NHLdotcom

TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies continue to get great goaltending from Jussi Rynnas.

Rynnas made 24 stops for his second consecutive shutout ? and third straight victory ? as the Marlies blanked the first-place Oklahoma City Barons 2-0 on Friday in American Hockey League action.

"(The Barons) had some chances that could've easily gone in," said Toronto coach Dallas Eakins. "Jussi had to make a couple of saves in tight, those were big ones for us."

Rynnas wasn't overly busy but was sharp when called upon, including a breakaway by the Barons' Tyler Pitlick midway through the second period when the game was scoreless.

"It feels good," Rynnas said. "Our team is playing so well right now. ? Oklahoma City just had one or two good scoring chances."

The 24-year-old native of Pori, Finland, has surrendered just one goal in Toronto's past three contests after starting just once in an 11-game stretch in December.

"This is maybe my best run so far (with the Marlies)," Rynnas said. "I just want to try to keep it going, I've been practising hard and it's starting to come together."

Toronto centre Mike Zigomanis scored early in the third period and added an empty-netter as Toronto improved to 19-12-5.

"Zigomanis is more of a pass-first player, he's great defensively and a good leader for the younger guys," Eakins said. "It's always good when a guy like that can pad the stats with a couple of goals."

The Marlies and Barons (23-9-4) both lead their respective divisions, with Oklahoma City boasting the best record in the AHL despite the loss.

"(Oklahoma) played a great road game," Zigomanis said. "They had good puck possession and didn't give up many chances."

Goalie Yann Danis blocked 14 of 15 shots for Oklahoma City.

The game was tied 0-0 after the first period and remained scoreless through 40 minutes.

Zigomanis opened the scoring when he whacked a rebound past a helpless Danis during a goalmouth scramble 3:26 into the third period.

The Marlies centre capped the scoring with an easy empty-netter with two seconds left in the game.

"I don't score that much so any time I can chip in offensively like that is great," said Zigomanis, who has seven goals and 25 assists in 33 games.

Toronto went 0-for-3 on the power play while the Barons were 0-for-3.

Notes: The Marlies' next game is Saturday afternoon when they host the rival Hamilton Bulldogs. ??? There was an announced crowd of 3,117 at Ricoh Coliseum. ???. Colton Orr, a veteran of 378 NHL games who was waived by the parent Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, suited up for the Marlies and played his first AHL contest since 2005.

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