Marlies coach Steve Spott said he still felt uneasy Friday

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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Even as two early power-play goals helped establish a 3-0 lead Toronto Marlies coach Steve Spott said he still felt uneasy Friday. He didnt need to worry. The Marlies never trailed on the way to a 5-2 American Hockey League playoff victory over the Chicago Wolves in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal. "Its a little bit scary. Youre up 3-0 and two of those goals came pretty early," Spott said. "It definitely didnt feel like a 3-0 game. We knew they were going to come at us, they did." The Marlies used two power-play goals to grab an the early advantage while goaltender Drew MacIntyre turned back 37 shots. "It was a 60-minute effort," Spott said. "All four lines played very hard tonight." Centre Trevor Smith opened the scoring with his first goal of the post-season, a power-play goal on a short backhand at 10:54 of the first period. Toronto converted another power-play chance at 14:55 as centre Peter Holland slipped a backhand over the glove of Wolves goaltender Jake Allen. The teams were at even strength in the second when Greg McKegg scored his second goal of the playoffs at 5:02 with a slapshot for a 3-0 lead. "Once they got up a couple of goals they (played) a little freer, they felt good about themselves and it took us a while to get back on track," said Chicago coach John Anderson. The Wolves got on the board five minutes later as Christian Hanson dumped a short rebound shot past MacIntyre. Chicago winger Michael Davies cut the deficit to 3-2 at 17:26, beating MacIntyre on a one-on-one. Toronto restored a two-goal lead at 3:53 of the third period. Winger Carter Ashton slipped while shooting but his wide, wobbly shot was deflected off Allens stick into the net. The Marlies closed out the Wolves on Sam Carricks fourth post-season goal at 17:19. "There were a couple of mistakes that cost us goals," Spott said. "We didnt get in the shot lane when we should have and had a bad line change in the second period. But beyond those two mistakes I thought we played a pretty thorough road game." Allen finished with 30 saves for Chicago. In two regular season meetings this season, seven-of-eight combined goals by the Wolves and Marlies came on power plays. The Marlies claimed a 3-2 overtime win at Chicago on Jan. 17 while the Wolves had a 2-1 triumph eight days later in Toronto. The series resumes Saturday in suburban Chicago then shifts to Torontos Ricoh Coliseum next Wednesday for at least two games, and three if necessary. The post-season series is the first between the teams since 2008. The Wolves went 4-1 on the way to their most recent Calder Cup. Andre Roberts Youth Jersey . -- Get a flow chart ready to follow the Packers quarterback situation. Devin Singletary Womens Jersey .C. -- Theyll remember the OT from the first Syracuse-Duke game -- and the Ts that decided Round 2. http://www.authenticbillsfanaticfootbal ... ls-jersey/ . As TSN reported Thursday, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is under intense pressure from the federal government to focus drug testing on athletes who compete in international events representing Canada. Since funding for the tests has been frozen and the cost of testing can eclipse $1,000 per test, university athletes in a number of sports are being tested less often. LeSean McCoy Womens Jersey . - This win was more the New Jersey Devils style. Cody Ford Womens Jersey . Catch the game on TSN starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. You can also listen to all the action live on TSN 1050 at 7pm et. The Knicks are two games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference race.TORONTO - Ben Thomsen and Morgan Pridy were among nine skiers formally nominated Monday to the Canadian team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Thomsen, from Invermere, B.C., finished 12th in a World Cup downhill over the weekend to meet the criteria for nomination in the final race before the qualification window closed. Pridy, from Whistler, B.C., recorded a 21st-place finish in the super-G at Kitzbuhel, Austria. They were joined on the nomination list by Torontos Phil Brown, Mike Janyk of Whistler, and Trevor Philp and Brad Spence, both of Calgary. The womens team additions included Erin Mielzynski of Collingwood, Ont., Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Saint-Sauveur, Que., and Elli Terwiel of Sun Peaks, B.C. Theey joined the six skiers who were nominated earlier this month: Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que.dddddddddddd., Calgarys Jan Hudec, Vancouvers Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., Britt Phelan of Mont-Tremblant and Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont. "This is a strong team with a mix of experienced podium contenders and talented young racers," said Paul Kristofic, Alpine Canadas vice-president of sports. "This group has worked extremely hard to earn the right to represent Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. "They will do everything they can to push for the podium and make Canada proud." The Sochi Games will be held Feb. 7-23. ' ' '

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