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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Starling Marte Pirates Jersey . -- If Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins could take anything away from Wednesday nights loss to Grand Rapids, it was that his team showed perseverance. The Marlies battled back from a two-goal deficit before finally succumbing to the Griffins 5-4 in Game 3 of the American Hockey League Western Conference semifinals. The Griffins now own a 2-1 series lead entering Game 4 Friday night in Grand Rapids. "That was huge, and thats maybe one of the positives we take," Eakins said. "Our guys are resilient, and weve been through this playoff run before. They fully understand that you are never out of a game. I liked our push back, and I liked that we were able to come back, but we needed to play better defensively." The Marlies found themselves in a two-goal hole early, as Grand Rapids notched a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the game. It wasnt the start Toronto was hoping for after a Game 2 home win to even the series. "We got down two goals, and you dont want to do that to start off the game, but we regrouped and there was no panic on the bench," said Marlies right winger Carter Ashton, who had a goal and an assist. "It was a matter of believing in our system and executing." The Marlies got one back near the end of the first period when Ryan Hamilton scored in his first game since rejoining the team from the Maple Leafs. Grand Rapids took a 3-1 lead less than three minutes into the second on a goal by Tomas Tatar, but the Marlies answered with a pair of timely goals. Toronto made it 3-2 on an unassisted goal from Spencer Abbott, and tied it five minutes later on a power goal by Greg McKegg, who trickled in a shot past Grand Rapids goalie Petr Mrazek. The Griffins regained the lead with nearly three minutes remaining in the second as Francis Pare pushed a shot over MacIntyres shoulder to put Grand Rapids ahead 4-3. The Marlies gave up a goal 46 seconds in to fall behind again by two goals, but Ashton cut the gap to 5-4 with 15 minutes left in regulation. Toronto nearly tied it in the last three minutes but a short-handed shot by Mike Zigomanis deflected off the post. The play was reviewed, but it didnt turn out in Torontos favor. "We wouldve liked a little better luck on that," Eakins said. "Off the post, wide open net, and I know Ziggy wont sleep much tonight thinking about that." Grand Rapids outshot the Marlies 32-20, while MacIntyre finished with 27 stops. "We need more attempts at the net, and thats not even shot selection," Eakins said. "Thats getting the puck into the zone and getting it deep. We had certain individuals who wanted to do things on their own, and we were turning pucks over early and that denies you shots at their net." The Marlies and Griffins were both 1 for 4 on the power play. Mrazek had 16 saves. Jeff Locke Jersey . Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night. Willie Stargell Pirates Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday.ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ryan Miller was simply brilliant at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He put the U.S. in a position to win silver and came within a goal of gold. The Buffalo Sabres goaltender was named tournament MVP after making 139 saves on 147 shots over six games. Not a bad, little run. His Olympic journey, however, may have ended there. Even though hes just 33 years old, potentially in the prime of his career, theres a chance he might not be at the Sochi Games. Miller has struggled to have success since the last Olympics for the Sabres, whose rebuilding efforts may include trading him with one year left on his contract. USA Hockey coaches and officials invited 48 players to this weeks camp because of their body of work or potential as a future Olympian, but management has made it clear how each player performs for their NHL club from October through December will be pivotal when the 25-man roster is revealed on New Years Day. "Ryan is well aware of that," general manager David Poile said Tuesday at the Washington Capitals training facility, as Team USA wrapped up a camp. Miller is one of six goalies in the mix and hes in a pack of perhaps four players vying for two spots behind Los Angeles Kings and Stanley Cup-winning star Jonathan Quick. "Its wide open," Miller acknowledged. That may be bad news for him. Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators and Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils might get the other two spots as Quicks backups. John Gibson, a 20-year-old prospect, was also invited to this weeks camp, but isnt expected to make the team. Miller made it clear what his goal is over the final months of 2013. "I want to make the team," he said. "I want to be the guy who is there stopping pucks in Sochi. I want to start." Miller started in each of the six games at the Vancouver Games and the only game he didnt finish was a 6-1 rout against Finland in the semifinals. His run included a spectacular, 42-save performance in a 5-3 win over Canada in the preliminary round. "It was the best two weeks Ive seen a goalie play in my lifetime," said Quick, who was the third goalie behind Miiller and Tim Thomas in 2010. Custom Pittsburgh Pirates Jersey. Quick, though, has perhaps been the best goalie on the planet the past two years. He lifted Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup championship in 2012 -- allowing an average of 1.41 goals a game during the playoffs -- and helped the Kings reach the 2013 Western Conference finals while giving up an average of fewer than two goals a game. During each of the last two postseasons, Quick had three shutouts. Quicks time, for the Americans, seems to be now. "What makes Quickie unique is his attitude," Kings and U.S. teammate Dustin Brown said. "Hell make a save he has no business making and then hell flip the puck out to the dot like it was just another save. His quiet arrogance trickles down and rubs off on guys." Miller is also relatively quiet, and has been mostly mum about the trade rumours swirling around him this off-season, but insisted he doesnt resent the fact that he appears to be on the trading block. "Thats the nature of sports," Miller said. "Its a transitional time in Buffalo. ... I think its still a feeling-out process about where I fit into that. I got one more year left and my intention is to be the best I can be. "I feel like I still have a lot of hockey left and feel like I can still play at a high level." The one puck Miller couldnt stop in 2010 that haunted him for a while was Sidney Crosbys wrist shot 7:40 into overtime that gave Canada the gold. "Its not a sore subject for me, anymore, but its definitely bittersweet," Miller said. "It was a lot of fun to play hockey at such a high level in a great place, where they respect hockey, but at the same time it wasnt the fairy-tale ending. You just have to trudge on and hope for your next opportunity." It will be up to Poile and his advisory group, which includes some other NHL general managers, to decide if Miller will get that chance in Russia. While every spot on the team is important, none will be more than who is in net. "We got to make the right decision," Poile said. "Because if we screw up on one up guy, that could be the difference between us winning and not winning." 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