Desharnais scores two goals as Bulldogs beat Marlies 5-2 in AHL action

HAMILTON, Ont. – David Desharnais scored two goals as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 5-2 in American Hockey League action Monday.

P.K. Subban, Andrew Conboy and Yannick Weber also scored for Hamilton (20-8-5) before a home crowd of 7,619 fans at Copps Coliseum.

Stefano Giliati and Ben Gordon replied for Toronto (13-15-5).

The Marlies got on the scoreboard first with a power-play goal at 9:07 of the opening period. Brendan Mikkelson’s a point shot was saved by Cedrick Desjardins, but the rebound bounced onto the stick of Giliati, who flicked the puck past the sprawled goaltender.

Subban tied the game 1-1 at 11:57 of the first period. Ben Maxwell fed a pass to Desharnais, who was positioned at the right side of the net. Desharnais then dished a pass to Subban, who slid the puck between the legs of Toronto starting goaltender Adam Munro.

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The Bulldogs took the lead at 2:51 of the middle period. Greg Stewart then quickly centred the puck to Andrew Conboy, who flipped a shot past Munro.

The Marlies tied the game 2-2 at 4:15 of the second period. After winning a battle behind the Hamilton goal, Darryl Boyce fed the puck in the slot to Gordon, who wristed a shot past Desjardins for his first goal as a Marlie.

Weber scored on the power play at 10:11 of the second period with a slapshot that beat Munro over his glove.

Desharnais gave Hamilton a 4-2 lead at 11:44 of the third period, banging a loose puck past Munro.

Desharnais tipped a Weber slapshot past Munro to cap the scoring at 14:27 of the third.

Desjardins made 20 saves for Hamilton while Munro stopped 36 shots for Toronto.