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Scrivens makes 31 saves as Marlins win third straight, 2-0 over Griffins

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Ben Scrivens made 31 saves as the Toronto Marlies beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-0 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Philippe Dupuis and Jerry D'Amigo, into an empty net, scored for Toronto (35-21-7), which has won three straight games and moved four points ahead of third-place Peoria in the Western Conference.

It was Toronto's first win in five tries against Grand Rapids this season.

Ty Conklin stopped 20 shots for Grand Rapids (27-24-10), which sits six points out of a playoff spot.

Scrivens made Dupuis' first-period goal stand up, despite Toronto being outshot 31-22. Scrivens was particularly sharp in the third period when he made 12 saves.

Toronto scored the only goal it would need at 6:47 of the opening period, just as a penalty to the Marlies' Joe Colborne expired. Dupuis stormed into the Grand Rapids zone on a 2-on-1 short-handed break and patiently waited until he was at the right hashmarks before firing a shot past Conklin.

The Marlies had several chances to pad their lead. A second-period goal was disallowed after the puck was kicked in, and Ryan Hamilton rang a shot off the crossbar midway through the third.

The Griffins, who were playing their first home game following five straight on the road.

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