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TORONTO -- Carter Ashton received the call Saturday night that no player wants. New Balance 996 Niños . However, after being told he was being demoted, the 22-year-old made the best of his return to the American Hockey League by scoring the game-winning goal as the Toronto Marlies edged the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 on Sunday. Despite Ashtons disappointment of being sent down after playing nine games with the Maple Leafs, Marlies head coach Steve Spott was pleased with the power forwards mindset heading into his first AHL game of the season. "He was good. He went right with Trevor (Smith) and with Spencer (Abbott) on that first line and I thought he had a heck of a game," said Spott. "He was just a dominant player out there. He played 5-on-5, killed penalties and was good at the net front on power play. "Its great to see when he comes down. It sends the right message for our young guys." Toronto took a 2-0 lead at 5:30 of the second period when Ashton put home an Abbott rebound while on the power play. "Abbott stood on the half wall and just walked it to the net," said Ashton of the goal. "I knew the puck might come out and I got a good rebound, right on my stick." T.J. Brennan also scored for the Marlies (4-1-0), who are unbeaten in four games at the Ricoh Coliseum this season, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 17 saves for the victory. Mike Blunden scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs (1-1-2), who were held to just nine shots through the final 40 minutes. Robert Mayer stopped 26 shots in defeat. Hamilton cut Torontos lead in half 2:08 into the third period on Blundens second goal of the season. The Bulldogs pulled their goaltender with less than a minute remaining, but could not find the equalizer. Ashton had an excellent chance to get Toronto on the board 6:55 into the first period when he was awarded a penalty shot, however Mayer stopped him. "I was thinking about trying to fake a shot and open him up somewhere and I tried going five hole, but he dropped pretty quick," Ashton said. Brennan opened the scoring with his league-leading eighth goal of the season, on the power play, at 8:29 of the first period. With Erik Nystrom off serving a tripping penalty, Brennan one-timed a John-Michael Liles feed past Mayer. Near the midway mark of the opening period, Hamiltons Gabriel Dumont hit Torontos Jerry DAmigo hard, from behind. DAmigo remained down for a moment, but was able to skate off under his own strength. Dumont was assessed a minor penalty for boarding. Thirty seconds later, Nathan Beaulieu went to the box for shooting the puck over the glass giving the Marlies an extended 5-on-3 opportunity, but Toronto was unable to capitalize. Toronto finished 2-for-8 on the power play, but was unable to score with a two-man advantage in first period, which has become an early-season trend for the club. "The challenge for me is still that 5-on-3," he said. "Weve got to find a way to punish teams 5-on-3. We were up 1-0 when we had the extended 5-on-3 and we didnt get it done. Thats an area weve got to continue to focus on." Notes: Bulldogs forward Martin St. Pierre missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. The Maple Leafs assigned Carter Ashton, Trevor Smith and David Broll to the Marlies Sunday morning. Nike Roshe Run FB Leopard .com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 for a four-stroke victory. The 22-year-old former North Texas player finished at 12-under 268 at Panama Golf Club and earned $112,500 to jump from seventh to second on the money list with $171,500. Nike Air Max Command Baratas .J. -- New York Giants running back David Wilson has not been cleared for contact work and probably wont be before training camp begins in late July.OTTAWA - It was about as unlikely a scrap as youll see in the NHL and one that sparked the Leafs to victory. Senators tough guy Chris Neil, a sturdy man with 111 prior regular season fights to his name, opposite Mikhail Grabovski, a skillful pivot who had yet to drop the mitts once in his NHL career. The tussle was a strong symbol for the Leafs in a 3-1 victory over the Senators from Scotiabank Place on Saturday, the first time since early February that theyve won back-to-back games. "Guys were pretty fired up after that," Mike Komisarek said of Grabovskis fight with Neil which saw both players ejected. "I think every single guy went up to Grabo at the end of the second to give him a little pat on the back." Komisarek felt the moment was a worthy rallying point, delivering an impassioned address to teammates in the second intermission – moments after the Grabovski tilt – making certain that motivation was drawn from the scrap. "Thats what was said and I think its the truth," he said. Up 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Leafs closed off the Senators in the third, evening up the season series with their provincial rivals in the final matchup this season. "His hands are whats most valuable to this team so you get a little worried in case he breaks one of them," James Reimer grinned of the 28-year-old Belarusian. "To see him go out there it just shows the passion he has for this team. And like Komo said in between periods, if that doesnt get you going I dont know what will." Grabovski vs. Neil highlighted a spirited affair from the nations capital, the Leafs building off a win in Tampa two nights earlier with a pair of powerplay markers from Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf and another solid night from Reimer. While they remain far back of the postseason picture with little time remaining, six points behind the Capitals with 10 games to go, they are finally assembling together a modest string of success after a lengthy slide of 15 losses in 17 games. Five Points 1. Randy Carlyle was pleased with his teams overall effort in Ottawa, which also included a perfect night on the penalty kill (3-3). "Weve got to play that type of road game," he said afterward. "Thats what you ask of your guys. Dont be fancy. Keep things as simple as possible. Try not to give the opposition any freebies. Try to play as close to mistake-free [as possible]…This time of the year you have to play tight hockey and your special teams are difference-makers and tonight we won the special teams battle where we score two big powerplay goals and then our penalty killing was strong and our goaltender gave us a chance again." 2. Reiimer followed up a strong showing in Tampa with a 29-save performance against the Senators. Nike Roshe Run Flyknit Baratas. The 24-year-old improves to 4-0-0 career in Ottawa with a .971 save percentage. "A good game or a good couple games doesnt mean anything unless you keep it going," Reimer said. "Obviously in time youre going to make mistakes and stuff, but you want to stay consistent and keep playing the best that you can be." 3. Winding into the high slot on the powerplay, Kessel beat Ben Bishop with his 35th goal of the season, just 53 seconds into the middle frame. The 24-year-old established a new high in a Leafs sweater, topping the 34 he had last season. Hes just one short of matching the career-high 36 he had with the Bruins in 2008-2009. "I thought that Phil played a more complete game tonight," Carlyle said. "He was on the back-check, he was in position, there wasnt as much circling, there was more stop and go and he scores the big goal for us. What more can you say." Kessel also added an assist on Phaneufs 10th goal of the year, giving him 75 points this season. 4. Eyebrows certainly raised on the Leaf bench when Neil scrapped with Grabovski. "Neils a heavyweight," Clarke MacArthur noted afterward. "I dont see why he would do something like that…Im glad Grabos okay; hes feisty, he stayed in there. Its just obviously a mismatch there." MacArthur also fought Sergei Gonchar in the first in another unlikely bout. 5. Tim Connolly broke a nine-game goal drought with an unusual goal to open the scoring. Erik Karlssons clearing attempt from behind the Senators goal banked off Connollys stick before ricocheting off the pad of Bishop. "Hes had his fair share of issues as far as creating offence but weve tried to assign him a role on a checking line," Carlyle said, referencing Connollys assignment on a line with Dave Steckel and Joey Crabb. The line combined with the defence pairing of Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson to shut down the Senators top line of Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, and Colin Greening. Bonus Points The Leafs won 58% of the faceoffs, including a combined 16-for-20 from the combination of Grabovski and Tyler Bozak…Responsible for a sizeable chunk of defensive zone draws, Steckel finished 14-for-27 (52%) in the faceoff circle, also logging a season-high 19:21…Phaneuf led the Leafs with over 27 minutes…Connolly logged 19:28, his highest total since December 31…A two-assist performance gives Jake Gardiner 14 points in the last 28 games...The last time the Leafs won consecutive games was February 4-6 with victories over the Senators and Oilers. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys Cristian Higuita Jersey ' ' '