Two down, two to go. The Toronto Marlies shocked many by sweeping the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs against the Syracuse Crunch, and had so much time to rest that they even played an intersquad scrimmage with game-like rules and settings in the midst of their break. On the other side of things, they were facing a Lehigh Valley Phantoms team that perhaps surprised a few themselves by taking out the Charlotte Checkers in five games, but, given their insane quintuple-overtime victory in Game 4,  you could argue that they basically played seven.

Those who watched the Marlies and Phantoms play throughout the year knew that a matchup like this had a potential to be high-pace, high-action. Certainly, we saw some pockets of that, though the grind has taken some of the first gear off both sides. From the looks of it, though, Toronto have just a little bit more of a jump in their step, as they proved in a pair of victories on home ice which gave them a 2-0 series lead.

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